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From air to ground, RPAs partner with JTACs to accomplish mission objectives

Posted January 15, 2016 by TSgt. Nadine Y. Barclay

As we enter 2016, the demand for remotely piloted aircraft in conflict areas around the world continues to rise, and with it, the misconceptions about this unique capability are on the rise.

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Remembering Desert Storm: Where we are today in the Total Force Continuum

Posted January 15, 2016 by Brig. Gen. Craig La Fave

“See all those contrails heading north, captain?” the salty lieutenant colonel asked me on Jan. 16, 1991. “Yes sir!” I replied flying as a brand new aircraft commander in the C-141B Starlifter. The contrails covered the darkening sky and seemed like hundreds of fingers reaching north into Iraq to grab Saddam Hussein. “That means we…

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The Ghost over the highway: Reservists renew bond with Desert Storm AC-130A gunship

Posted January 15, 2016 by Paul H. Larson

More than 20 years after two Air Force Reserve Command leaders flew into combat together over the "Highway of Death" in Iraq, they were reunited with the aircraft that took them on the mission.

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First combat Raptor, Maloney’s Pony, rides into Edwards

Posted January 15, 2016 by Rebecca Amber

The 411th Flight Test Squadron got a first-hand look at a legend in June and November of 2015 when F-22 tail number 09-0174 "Maloney's Pony" landed at Edwards.

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Test team aims at new machine gun for Pave Hawk

Posted January 13, 2016 by Rebecca Amber

Arriving in the rain, an HH-60G Pave Hawk landed Jan. 5 at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., to begin testing the ballistic dispersion of a GAU-21 .50-caliber machine gun.

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Defense

Bittersweet goodbyes: Last S-3 Viking leaves Navy service

Posted January 13, 2016 by Kimberly Brown

After more than 40 years of service, the last S-3B Viking in U.S. Navy service launched one last time from the runway at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, Calif., Jan. 11.

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U.S. Navy awards General Dynamics production contract for SEWIP 1B3

Posted January 11, 2016 by

The U.S. Navy has awarded a production contract for its Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program Block 1B3 to General Dynamics Mission Systems. General Dynamics will deliver Block 1B3 system upgrades over the next five years. The upgrades will be integrated into new and existing Navy ships providing significantly improved situational awareness of the tactical environment…

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U.S. Navy certifies latest capabilities of Aegis Combat System

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The U.S. Navy and Missile Defense Agency certified the latest evolution of the Aegis Combat System -- called Baseline 9.C1 -- for the U.S. destroyer fleet. The Aegis baseline, built by Lockheed Martin offers advanced defense capabilities and enhanced integration with other systems external to the ship.

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NAWCWD Threat/Targets team recycles, upgrades, brings knowledge home

Posted January 11, 2016 by

What if you could rip the engine out of your 1979 grocery-getter and make it run like a sports car for a third the cost of buying new? Late last year, the Threat/Target Systems Department at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division did just that.

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US conducts B-52 bomber overflight in South Korea after nuke test

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A U.S. B-52 Stratofortress from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, conducted a low-level flight in the vicinity of Osan Air Base, South Korea, in response to a recent nuclear test by North Korea, according to a U.S. Pacific Command news release issued Jan. 9.

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