Defense

DARPA’s Plan X gives military operators place to wage cyber warfare

Posted May 13, 2016 by Cheryl Pellerin

DARPA photograph The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Plan X program is working to help military cyber operators visualize the cyber battlespace and perform missions there based on an established cyber framework and a common operating picture. Plan X is a foundational cyberwarfare program whose engineers are developing platforms the Defense Department will use to…

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CH-53K completes first 20K lift

Posted May 27, 2016 by Sikorsky photograph

The U.S. Marine Corps’ newest helicopter, the CH-53K, completed its first external load flight test carrying a 20,000 lb. load May 26 at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation’s Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. Envelope expansion tests will continue with incrementally increasing speeds with the 20,000 load, and then on to the CH-53K’s requirement, a…

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Twice as nice – CH-53K pacing for operational test

Posted June 10, 2016 by Sikorsky photograph

A pair of King Stallions conducted external load flight tests June 7 at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation’s Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. Each CH-53K carried 12,000 lb. loads; one aircraft conducting flight expansion tests, the other a training flight in preparation for operational test with U.S. Marine Corps Operational Test Pilot Lt. Col….

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MQ-4C Triton UAS demonstrates new capabilities during flight test

Posted June 22, 2016 by

Navy photograph The MQ-4C Triton prepares for a flight test in June 2016 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. During two recent tests, the unmanned air system completed its first heavy weight flight and demonstrated its ability to communicate with the P-8 aircraft while airborne. The Navy recently demonstrated two key capabilities for the…

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NASA parachute drop at Yuma Proving Ground aborted

Posted July 11, 2016 by Chuck C Wullenjohn

Army photograph Many tests of the parachute system to be used aboard NASA’s Orion space capsule have taken place at Yuma Proving Ground in the past. This is what the test would have looked like had it not been aborted. Conducting an individual test can be an unbelievably complicated undertaking, particularly when dealing with an…

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C-21 mission has critical role

Posted July 22, 2016 by A1C Gwendalyn Smith

Air Force photograph by A1C Gwendalyn Smith Maj. Brian Jones, 458th Assistant Chief of Training, works on pre-flight checks July 6, 2016, at Scott Air Force Base, Ill. The visual inspection or walk around is done by the pilot as the final airworthiness check. From the F-15 Strike Eagle to the X-51 Waverider, every aircraft…

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AFRL Damage Registration Sensor improves high-performance engine exhaust inspections

Posted August 5, 2016 by Holly Jordan

The Air Force Research Laboratory Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, along with small business contractor Intelligent Automation, Inc., has developed and demonstrated a unique tool that will make routine aircraft engine exhaust inspections faster and more accurate.

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AF to grow, enhance Nellis group with close air support focus

Posted August 19, 2016 by

Nevada’s Nellis Air Force Base plans to restructure the 57th Operations Group to enhance its focus on close air support integration, Air Force officials announced Aug. 16.

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Malmstrom tests Minuteman III with launch from Vandenberg

Posted September 7, 2016 by Carla Pampe

A team of Air Force Global Strike Command Airmen from the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with a test re-entry vehicle Sept. 5 from Vandenberg AFB, Calif.

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Global U-2 flying operations not impacted by recent crash

Posted September 26, 2016 by

Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Robert M. Trujillo A U- 2 approaches an altitude near 70,000 feet above California, March 23, 2016. Worldwide flying operations for the U-2 have not been impacted as a result of a recent crash at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Sept. 20, 2016. Worldwide flying operations for the U-2…

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