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Capt. Emily Grabowski: Raytheon Works to Meet USAF Small Diameter Bomb Delivery Schedule

Capt. Emily Grabowski, a U.S. Air Force spokeswoman, has said the service branch believes Raytheon could supply enough Small Diameter Bomb II units for initial deployment on the F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft by 2019, Bloomberg reported Thursday. Grabowski told Bloomberg in an email the company “has worked diligently to address technical discoveries and is implementing …

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Lockheed PAC-3 Missile Interceptor Reaches IOC Status; Scott Arnold Comments

The Lockheed Martin-built PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement interceptor has received initial operational capability designation from the U.S. Army. The company’s PAC-3 MSE achieved the IOC status two years after Lockheed obtained  milestone C approval for the missile interception system and received its initial contract for the technology from the service branch in …

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Lockheed-Built F-35 Fleet Hits 50K Flight Hours

A fleet of Lockheed Martin-built F-35 Lightning II aircraft that the U.S. service branches and other countries operate worldwide has reached the mark of 50,000 flight hours. Lockheed said Wednesday 155 operational fighter jets deployed to six countries reached approximately 37,950 flight hours, while 18 F-35 planes intended for system development and …

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Boeing-Built Blackjack UAS Begins Initial Operations

The U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps’ Boeing-built RQ-21A Blackjack unmanned aircraft system will kick off its initial operation after the program received a go signal. Lt. Gen. Jon Davis, Marine Corps’ deputy commandant for aviation, said the first Marine unmanned aerial vehicle squadron has been confirmed for deployment with …

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Lockheed-Built AEHF Military Satcom System Goes Live; Mark Calassa Comments

U.S. Air Force Gen. John Hyten, head of the branch’s Space Command, declared initial operating capability Tuesday for a Lockheed Martin-built joint service satellite communications system. The Air Force said Thursday its 4th Space Operations Squadron operates the Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite, which is designed to help warfighters transmit protected data when they …

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