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  • US, African Forces Hold Joint Military Exercises VOA 13 Jun 2005 -- Military forces from the United States and nine West African countries are in the midst of a two-week series of exercises aimed at improving the African forces' ability to prevent and fight terrorism.
  • Kearsarge Visits Jebel Ali, Dubai Navy NewsStand 13 Jun 2005 -- Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) visited Jebel Ali and Dubai, United Arab Emirates June 6-11.
  • Cooperative Cope Thunder kicks off AFPN 13 Jun 2005 -- The sky above Alaska is brimming with activity as Pacific Air Force's premier composite force exercise kicked off here June 9.
  • Latest C-130J evolution arrives on desert ramp AFPN 13 Jun 2005 -- The faster more powerful C-130 Hercules J-models and the stretch version arrived in Southwest Asia on June 7 and 8, bringing state-of-the-art technology to the war on terrorism.
  • Blue Ridge, 7th Fleet Visit Sydney Navy NewsStand 13 Jun 2005 -- USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) and the embarked U.S. 7th Fleet staff departed Sydney, Australia, June 10 after completing a successful seven-day visit that focused on preparations for the upcoming joint U.S. and Australian military exercise Talisman Saber.
  • Australian Commodore Visits Future Talisman Saber Flagship Navy NewsStand 13 Jun 2005 -- Australian Commodore Davyd Thomas, commander, Float and Deployable Joint Task Force Headquarters and Combined Forces Maritime Component commander for Talisman Saber 2005, visited his future flagship, USS Boxer (LHD 4)
  • Combat Cargo Aboard Boxer Supports Australian Embarkation Navy NewsStand 13 Jun 2005 -- The combat cargo team aboard USS Boxer (LHD 4) embarked Australian landing force personnel, supplies and equipment in Darwin, Australia, June 1 in preparation for exercise Talisman Saber 2005.
  • Nimitz, CSG-11 Participate in Exercise with JMSDF Navy NewsStand 13 Jun 2005 -- Carrier Strike Group 11 ships USS Nimitz (CVN 68), USS Princeton (CG 59), USS Higgins (DDG 76) and USS Chafee (DDG 90) worked with ships of the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force during a recent passing exercise (PASSEX) May 25.
  • CARAT Singapore Closes To Accolades Navy NewsStand 13 Jun 2005 -- The Singapore phase of exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2005 ended June 13 at the Republic of Singapore Navy's (RSN) Changi Naval Base.
  • Nimitz Crew Experiences Hong Kong Navy NewsStand 13 Jun 2005 -- USS Nimitz (CVN 68) departed Hong Kong June 7 after a four-day port visit, to resume its deployment in support of the global war on terrorism.
  • Seabees Build Roadway at NCTAMS Pacific Navy NewsStand 13 Jun 2005 -- Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5, based at Port Hueneme, Calif., are in Hawaii constructing a roadway around Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station (NCTAMS) Pacific to help security personnel as they patrol and monitor the base.
  • German Frigate Rescues Six Mariners in Arabian Sea Navy NewsStand 13 Jun 2005 -- German frigate FGS Karlsruhe (F212) rescued six distressed mariners June 9 as it conducted maritime security operations (MSO) in the Arabian Sea as part of Commander, Task Force 150.
  • ESG 1 Becomes "Hard Target" During Force Protection Exercise Navy NewsStand 13 Jun 2005 -- Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 1 conducted a force protection exercise at Naval Base San Diego June 7-10.
  • Lincoln, CVW-2 to Return to Sea for Surge Upkeep Navy NewsStand 13 Jun 2005 -- Following their return from Operation Unified Assistance in March and a brief in-port period, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 will return to sea for readiness training in early June.

  • State Department Briefing, June 13 Washington File 13 Jun 2005 -- Africa, Rice trip to Middle East/Europe, Israel/Palestinian Authority, Iraq, Aruba, Lebanon/Syria, South Korea, Iran, European Union/China
  • White House Daily Briefing, June 13 Washington File 13 Jun 2005 -- Bush/Iraqi President Talibani's phone call, Africa/Tobias briefing, Iraq, Guantanamo Bay, MCA, Lebanon, Bolton/nomination, energy bill, interrogation techniques, fundraising, CAFTA, Ethiopia, highway bill

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  • Bar Is Raised On Nimrod Support BAE Systems 13 Jun 2005 -- Reductions in the RAF’s Nimrod MR2 fleet size announced last year mean that recent aircraft availability and cost reduction improvements will not be enough in the future.
  • BAe 146 Airtanker Programme Moves Into Conversion Phase BAE Systems 13 Jun 2005 -- BAE SYSTEMS Regional Aircraft, working closely on an international basis to develop an airtanker version of the BAe 146, has announced that the first aircraft to be converted has been identified and the programme has commenced.
  • Jet Engine Performance Improved By BAE SYSTEMS Engine Radar BAE Systems 13 Jun 2005 -- BAE Systems Advanced Technology Centre (ATC) has developed a unique and novel system, Engine Health Diagnostics Using Radar (EHDUR), to accurately determine the health and characteristics of installed jet engines on both civil and military aircraft, providing benefits to both engine performance and the maintenance process. EHDUR can also detect foreign objects entering engines and so allow measures to be taken to prevent consequent engine failure and possible aircraft and human loss.
  • Joint Typhoon Training Programme Reaches New Heights BAE Systems 13 Jun 2005 -- The UK Royal Air Force has achieved a major milestone under the Case White contractor support service programme, achieving the contracted 1040 sorties eight weeks ahead of schedule. The milestone sortie was flown by Squadron Leader Ian Lang from BAE Systems airfield at Warton, UK to RAF Coningsby.
  • BAE SYSTEMS Pioneers Application Of New "Holey Fibre" In Powering Remote Sensors On Aircraft BAE Systems 13 Jun 2005 -- Optics experts at BAE Systems Advanced Technology Centre (ATC) are pioneering the practical application of microstructured fibres (MF) riddled with holes to help solve one of the big problems of airborne, laser based sensor systems.
  • First Milestone For Typhoon Full Scale Fatigue Testing BAE Systems 13 Jun 2005 -- The full-scale fatigue test for Eurofighter Typhoon, known as P-MAFT (Production - Major Airframe Fatigue Test) has achieved the first 500 test hours of its 18000 hour, five year test programme.
  • New Structural Health Sensors Reach For The Skies BAE Systems 13 Jun 2005 -- A system of smart sensors that can automatically inspect structures for damage will soon be flying in a Hawk test aircraft.
  • First Lead Aircraft Paveway IV Flight BAE Systems 13 Jun 2005 -- A BAE Systems Harrier trials aircraft has commenced an extensive flight trials programme to integrate the Raytheon Paveway IV precision guided bomb as part of the Harrier upgrade programme to the GR 9/9A standard. This represent a major milestone for the project.
  • Modernization Effort On C-17 Globemaster III Flight Control System Observes Two Milestones BAE Systems 13 Jun 2005 -- A programme to modernize the flight control system on Boeing C-17 Globemaster III transports recently observed two milestone events: first flight of the new control computer and delivery of the first production hardware to Boeing, which produces the aircraft for the U.S. Air Force.
  • Hi-Tech Shower For Typhoon BAE Systems 13 Jun 2005 -- Typhoon has taken its first plunge in a new state-of-the-art water shower test facility that has been installed at BAE Systems Warton in the UK. The purpose of the facility is to ensure that all Typhoon aircraft are completely waterproof.
  • BAE Systems to Provide Royal Navy with Shipboard Sensor BAE Systems 13 Jun 2005 -- NASHUA, New Hampshire -- BAE Systems in Nashua, New Hampshire, has been awarded a $12.5 million contract for the Advanced Demonstration Phase of Project Shaman. The work is part of a larger contract between the U.K. Ministry of Defence (MoD) and BAE Systems Integrated System Technologies (Insyte) to provide the next generation of Maritime Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) sensors for the Royal Navy.
  • RSAF Hawks Mark 100,000 Flying Hours BAE Systems 13 Jun 2005 -- Saudi Hawk aircraft have notched up over 100,000 hours of flying time.
  • BAE SYSTEMS Achieves Solid Progress On Nimrod MRA4 BAE Systems 13 Jun 2005 -- Nine months after its inaugural flight in late August 2004, the new Nimrod MRA4 is well into its flight trials programme, and turning in some impressive results from a confident airborne performance.
  • BAE SYSTEMS Relationship With US Primes Goes From Strength To Strength In Australia BAE Systems 13 Jun 2005 -- Partnering agreements signed between BAE Systems and US Primes for the support of Wedgetail and Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft are already resulting in real opportunities for the company in Australia.
  • Multi-Million Pound Typhoon Spray Facility Unveiled At BAE SYSTEMS BAE Systems 13 Jun 2005 -- A multi-million pound paint-spray system for the Typhoon swing-role combat aircraft has been commissioned at the BAE Systems facility in Warton, UK.
  • BAE SYSTEMS Delivers First Hawk Tools To Bangalore BAE Systems 13 Jun 2005 -- The first shipment of Hawk production tools has been delivered on schedule to Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in Bangalore. The shipment is the first batch of tooling and test equipment to be supplied by BAE Systems for licensed production of the Hawk Mk132 airframe and engine in India.
  • Harrier GR7A Programme Brought To Successful Conclusion BAE Systems 13 Jun 2005 -- BAE Systems’ final clearance for the Harrier GR7A aircraft was completed at the end of May.
  • Close Shave Is Cutting Edge BAE Systems 13 Jun 2005 -- BAE Systems has designed, engineered and manufactured what could be one of the most complex pieces of machining ever seen.
  • First Flight Achieved For CH-47 Chinook Digital Advanced Flight Control System BAE Systems 13 Jun 2005 -- BAE Systems has completed the first flight test of the Boeing CH-47 Chinook Digital Advanced Flight Control System (DAFCS). This first flight represents a significant milestone in the Chinook programme.
  • BAE Systems wins contract for Windfarm Radar Mitigation BAE Systems 13 Jun 2005 -- BAE Systems has received a significant contract to demonstrate the mitigation of Windfarm interference with air traffic control radars. The Department of Trade and Industry is the customer with part funding from the British Wind Energy Association (BWEA). This contract involves partnering the MoD to demonstrate our solution on one of the RAF mobile Watchman radars.
  • BAE SYSTEMS Creates Virtual Battlefield For Hawk BAE Systems 13 Jun 2005 -- The first virtual Hawk training environment has been created over Warton in Northwest England, as one of BAE Systems' Hawk demonstrator aircraft took to the skies alongside a virtual wingman and two virtual enemy aircraft which were in fact simulators on the ground. This proof of concept demonstration enabled the Hawk advanced jet trainer to participate in a number of differing scenarios during the same mission.
  • BAE SYSTEMS Electronic Warfare Contracts In Australia Underline Growing Capability BAE Systems 13 Jun 2005 -- BAE Systems electronic warfare capability in Australia looks set to grow further with the formalisation of production quantities of radar warning receivers for the F/A-18 Hornet and emerging export opportunities.
  • EADS Missile Warning Systems to protect Australian aircraft EADS 13 Jun 2005 -- EADS Defence Electronics has been awarded a contract worth more than € 10 m by the Australian Department of Defence for the supply of the Missile Launch Detection System (MILDS - AN/AAR-60) missile warning systems to protect helicopters and wide-body aircraft against missile attacks.
  • EADS Missile Warning System successfully flight-tested on Danish F-16 EADS 13 Jun 2005 -- EADS Defence Electronics has successfully conducted first test flights with its missile warning system MILDS on a Royal Danish Airforce F-16 at RDAF airfield Aalborg. MILDS is an advanced, sensor system which detects and tracks the UV emissions of approaching missiles including the most prevalent threat of heat seeking shoulder launched missiles.
  • EADS equips the A400M Military Airbus with digital map generators EADS 13 Jun 2005 -- EADS Defence Electronics has been awarded a contract by Airbus Military S.L. in Toulouse to equip the A400M military transport aircraft with the Digital Map Generator System (DMGS). As the Company announced during Paris Air Show, they have been commissioned to supply the system for all the 188 A400M transport aircraft for which a firm order has been placed by the nations involved in this programme. Moreover, all those aircraft subsequently sold internationally are also to be equipped with the DMGS.
  • EADS Military Transport Aircraft Division EADS 13 Jun 2005 -- EADS Military Transport Aircraft Division manufactures and sells light and medium military transport aircraft.
  • EADS/LFK presents Taurus product family in Le Bourget EADS 13 Jun 2005 -- EADS/LFK-Lenkflugkörpersysteme GmbH is presenting the Taurus product family to the general public for the first time at the Paris Air Show. The various derivatives of the stand-off guided missile system are capable of interservice deployment in a broad bandwidth of joint-service and operation-specific applications. They offer greater range, high precision and economy combined with unsurpassed power against a wide range of targets.
  • GE F110 F404/F414 Fighter Engines Expand Capability and Global Presence GE Aviation 13 Jun 2005 -- General Electric Company's F110, F404 and F414 engine families have successfully powered fighter aircraft since the 1980s. And yet, these engines have a bright, long-term future through the infusion of new technologies, integration of commercial engine designs, and expansion of aircraft applications worldwide.
  • GE Rolls-Royce F136 Program History & Engine Details GE Aviation 13 Jun 2005
  • Following Successful Engine Tests, the GE Rolls-Royce Team Prepared for SDD Contract GE Aviation 13 Jun 2005 -- Less than a year after the GE Rolls-Royce Fighter Engine Team tested its F136 engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), the team has achieved several milestones - including completion of all pre-System Development & Demonstration (SDD) testing ahead of schedule and under budget. Successful completion of pre-SDD testing clears the way for the award of a SDD contract, which is expected in August.
  • IAI's TAMAM Division Introduces MiniPOP Electro-Optic Stabilized Payload Israel Aerospace Industries 13 Jun 2005 -- Israel Aircraft Industries' Tamam Division (IAI/Tama) has introduced its new MiniPOP day/night observation system for military, Para-military and civilian applications. The system is designed for platforms requiring advanced, lightweight observation capabilities such as small unmanned aerial vehicles (Eaves), armored vehicles, unmanned ground vehicles (UGV) and naval vessels.
  • First EL/M-20600 All-Weather Radar Targeting Pod Manufactured By IAI's Elta Systems Group Israel Aerospace Industries 13 Jun 2005 -- The first EL/M-20600 All Weather Radar Targeting Pod (RTP) has been developed and manufactured by Israel Aircraft Industries' Elta Systems Group (IAI/Elta).
  • New Compact Airborne Early Warning & Control System Developed By IAI's Elta Systems Group Israel Aerospace Industries 13 Jun 2005 -- A new compact airborne early warning & control (CAEW&C) system installed on Gulfstream's G-550 business jet has been developed by Israel Aircraft Industries' Elta Systems Group (IAI /Elta). A G-550 CAEW&C aircraft has been ordered by the Israel Air Force.
  • New EL/M-2083 Phased Array Air Defense Radar To Be Fielded On Israel Air Force's Extended Air Defense System Israel Aerospace Industries 13 Jun 2005 -- The new EL/M-2083 phased array radar, developed and manufactured by Israel Aircraft Industries' Elta Systems Group (IAI/Elta), has been incorporated into the Israel Air Force's Extended Air Defense Aerostat system.
  • New EL/L-8265 Radar Warning And Locator System Developed By IAI's Elta Systems Group Israel Aerospace Industries 13 Jun 2005 -- The new EL/L-8265 Radar Warning and Locator (RWL) system, which marks a new generation of Radar Warning Receivers, has been developed by Israel Aircraft Industries' Elta Systems Group (IAI Elta). EL/L-8265 is a compact system designed to identify, warn and accurately locate radar threats.
  • New Generation Of Modular Missile Approach Warning System Developed By IAI's Elta Systems Group Israel Aerospace Industries 13 Jun 2005 -- A new generation of modular Missile Approach Warning (MAW) system has been developed by Israel Aircraft Industries' Elta Systems Group (IAI Elta). The system combines passive search and track technology and radar-based target confirmation technology with various types of counter measures, including directive infrared counter measures (DIRCM) to deflect incoming threats.
  • Israel Aircraft Industries Leads Co-development of Unique Multi-Mission Joint Operation Control Center Israel Aerospace Industries 13 Jun 2005 -- A Multi-Mission Joint Operation Control Center using cutting edge technologies and Network Centric approach, being developed by Israel Aircraft Industries Ltd. (IAI) in cooperation with Ness Technologies' Telecom & Systems Group (Ness TSG) and several other firms will be demonstrated at the Paris Air Show.
  • EXTRA - New Horizons for Precision Strike Artillery Israel Aerospace Industries 13 Jun 2005 -- A new, precise Extended Range Artillery (EXTRA) munitions system is being developed by Israel Aircraft Industries' (IAI) MLM System Integration Division and Israel Military Industries (IMI) Rocket Systems Division.
  • Lockheed Martin Successfully Conducts First Production Qualification Tests of Guided MLRS Unitary Rocket Lockheed Martin 13 Jun 2005 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] successfully conducted the first two production qualification flight tests of the Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) Unitary rockets recently at White Sands Missile Range, NM.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Team Begins the Shift from Development to Production Lockheed Martin 13 Jun 2005 -- A transition is under way at Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] F-35 sites around the world, as the heart of the program migrates from engineering development to aircraft production. All four major subassemblies of the first F-35 have now been joined, and parts-fabrication is under way for the second aircraft.
  • Outstanding Performance and Reliability of the C-130J Transform Tactical Airlift Operations Lockheed Martin 13 Jun 2005 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] today joined with the Royal Air Force (RAF) at the Paris Air Show to give details of the outstanding combat performance of the C 130J. The C-130Js, which have been operating in-theater for nearly three years, are demonstrating day after day their ability to transform the world of tactical airlift operations.
  • Northrop Grumman Sees International Opportunities for Hawkeye Northrop Grumman 13 Jun 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) will be discussing the Hawkeye 2000 export airborne early-warning and battle-management solution with several potential international customers, including key leaders from the Pacific Rim and the Asian subcontinent, during the 2005 Paris Air Show.
  • U.S. Marine Corps to Receive Additional Northrop Grumman LITENING AT Targeting Systems for F/A-18s Under 2005 Supplemental Budget Northrop Grumman 13 Jun 2005 -- U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet aircraft operating in Iraq and Afghanistan will soon gain the precision-targeting capabilities offered by Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) LITENING advanced-targeting (AT) pod as a result of the approved U.S. Department of Defense's fiscal year 2005 supplemental budget.
  • Kinetic Energy Interceptor Successfully Completes First Wind Tunnel Test Raytheon 13 Jun 2005 -- Raytheon Company recently completed the first in a series of risk-reduction high speed wind tunnel tests of the Kinetic Energy Interceptor (KEI) missile in preparation for future flight testing.
  • Sagem Défense Securité and Thales team for combat aircraft upgrades Sagem (Safran group) 13 Jun 2005 -- Sagem Défense Securité (SAFRAN Group) and Thales have decided to combined their strengths to propose complete upgrade solutions for Dassault combat aircraft, excluding Mirage 2000 and Rafale. Thales will provide expertise in onboard radars, electronic warfare, communications and laser designation pods. Sagem Défense Securité will add its know-how in navigation and mission planning systems, mission computers, mission software and integration, and new-generation weapon deployment. With this combination, it will be possible to offer solutions that draw on all the best technologies available to upgrade the operational capabilities of the world's combat aircraft to the state of the art.
  • Thales Signs a $US120 Million Contract with Sukhoi Thales 13 Jun 2005 -- Thales is proud to announce that Sukhoi Civil Aircraft has selected its avionics suite to equip its new RRJ aircraft. With this partnership, Thales will be the full integrator and avionics supplier of the flight deck aboard the Sukhoi regional jet program family.
  • BAE SYSTEMS-Raytheon Team To Provide Next Generation Mission Planning Capabilities For The U-2 BAE Systems 13 Jun 2005 -- The U.S. Air Force has awarded a BAE Systems-Raytheon team a $12.9 million contract to develop an advanced network-centric mission planning capability for its U-2 reconnaissance aircraft.
  • BAE SYSTEMS Flies World's First Flapless Air Vehicle BAE Systems 13 Jun 2005 -- BAE Systems, in partnership with Manchester University has flown the world’s first air vehicle with a new flapless flow control as part of a research programme it is undertaking to look at technologies for future Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs).
  • IAI's Elta Systems Awarded $8 Million Contract to Develop Real Time Intelligence System Israel Aerospace Industries 13 Jun 2005 -- An $8 million contract to develop a Real Time Intelligence Center (RICENT) has been awarded to IAI's Elta Systems Group & Subsidiary by an undisclosed customer. The system is a derivative of Elta's EL/S-8994RT RICENT.
  • Multi-Mission Airborne Reconnaissance Surveillance System (MARSS) Developed By IAI' Elta Systems Group Israel Aerospace Industries 13 Jun 2005 -- A new Multi-Mission Airborne Reconnaissance & Surveillance System (MARSS) system has been developed by Israel Aircraft Industries' Elta Systems Group (IAI Elta). MARSS is an airborne intelligence and C4I system that performs simultaneous signal intelligence (SIGINT) and image intelligence (IMINT) missions in all-weather conditions.
  • IAI To Display Bird-Eye 400 Mini-UAV At The Paris Air Show Israel Aerospace Industries 13 Jun 2005 -- Israel Aircraft Industries' Malat Division will display its newest Unmanned Aerial Vehicle development, the Bird-Eye 400 Mini-UAV, at the 2005 Paris Air Show.
  • IAI To Display Two New Tactical UAVs At The Paris Air Show Israel Aerospace Industries 13 Jun 2005 -- Israel Aircraft Industries' Malat Division will display its two new tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) that feature pinpoint launch and recovery have been introduced by Israel Aircraft Industries Malat Division.
  • Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin Team to Pursue DCGS Business Lockheed Martin 13 Jun 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT) today announced the signing of an agreement to jointly pursue upcoming opportunities for Distributed Common Ground Systems (DCGS) that provide integrated intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) data for the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force.
  • Northrop Grumman's Second Global Hawk Maritime Demonstrator Successfully Completes First Flight Northrop Grumman 13 Jun 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) second RQ-4A Global Hawk Maritime Demonstrator has successfully completed its first flight, a critical step forward in the U.S. Navy's planned Maritime Demonstration program.
  • Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin Team to Pursue DCGS Business Northrop Grumman 13 Jun 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE:LMT) today announced the signing of an agreement to jointly pursue upcoming opportunities for Distributed Common Ground Systems (DCGS) that provide integrated intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) data for the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force.
  • Transatlantic MEADS programme in Design and Development phase EADS 13 Jun 2005 -- The transatlantic cooperation project MEADS is now in the Design and Development (D&D) phase. On 31 st May 2005, NAMEADSMA placed the development contract with MEADS International that will run until the year 2013. The participating nations are the USA (58%), Germany (25%) and Italy (17%). "We are proud to be involved in this challenging development project, and the first milestone, the System Requirements Review, has already been successfully completed," stated Werner Kaltenegger, CEO of EADS/LFK-Lenkflugkörpersysteme GmbH.
  • Nation's Newest USAF Weather Satellite Delivered To Launch Site Lockheed Martin 13 Jun 2005 -- The Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) F-17 Block 5D-3 spacecraft, built under contract for the U.S. Air Force by Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been delivered to Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., in preparation for a December 2005 launch.

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