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September 17, 2008

Lockheed Martin Inducts First C-5A Into Avionics Modernization Program

First Older-Model Galaxy In Program; 42 C-5Bs Already Modified

The Lockheed Martin C-5 Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) inducted the first US Air Force C-5A into the program this week.

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Aero-TV Profiles The CybAero Vantage UAV

A Versatile Heli-UAV Program

While perusing the many extraordinary sights and sounds of the 2008 Heli-Expo, ANN's Aero-TV crews got a look at an intriguing helicopter-based UAV program with a number of missions applications and capabilities. Call the CybAero 'Vantage', this UAV is a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned helicopter developed by US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). With fully autonomous flight operation and differential GPS navigation, CybAero claims the Vantage can perform a wide variety of missions in both military and commercial applications.

USAF Develops Plan To Address Need For More UAVs

Includes Dedicated Career Paths For Airmen To Fly Unmanned Aircraft

Air Force leaders are taking a two-pronged approach to address the increasing need for pilots of unmanned aircraft systems in Afghanistan and Iraq, an Air Force official said recently.

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Donley Laments 'Missed Opportunity' On KC-X

But Agrees 'Cooling-Off' Period Was Needed

Acting US Air Force Secretary Michael Donley is frustrated that after seven years, there's still no replacement in the pipeline for the service's half-century-old KC-135 aerial tankers.

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Boeing Pins Future Hopes On Military Contracts

Company's Aerospace Status Hinges On Wins, And Losses

Boeing is using the lull in the KC-X tanker bidding war to put some subtle pressure on the Pentagon, implying that a loss of the contract to Northrup Grumman and EADS could add to an erosion of Boeing's military technology capability.

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