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August 8, 2014

Headlines August 8, 2014

News:

F/A-18 jets dropped 500-pound laser guided bombs on ISIL –

U.S. fighter jets have begun pounding artillery held by the al Qaeda-inspired militants in northern Iraq with laser guided bombs, a senior Defense official said Aug. 8.

Obama signs VA bill top open outside care to veterans –

President Obama signed into law a major overhaul of the nation’s veterans’ healthcare system Aug. 7, officially shouldering the burden of fixing the troubled department after months of sparring with Congress and complaints that his administration was too slow to act.

 

Business:

In a marketing coup, Scorpion joins Guard exercise –

The Textron AirLand Scorpion doesn’t yet have a buyer, but that hasn’t stopped the plane from taking part in a major National Guard training exercise this week.

India offers to buy more U.S. helicopters, hopes to drive down costs –

India has offered to significantly increase an order for U.S. attack helicopters, Indian officials said, as U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel began a visit to New Delhi Aug. 7 aimed at boosting defence and strategic ties.

SpaceX might win in court, but can it beat the Pentagon’s procurement culture? –

While SpaceX continues to fight a legal battle to gain access to the military rocket launch market, it remains in doubt whether the company’s commercial business model can coexist with the Pentagon’s highly regulated procurement system.

U.S. Navy’s troubled 11th Virginia-class submarine sails on second voyage after passing ‘alpha’ sea trials –

The U.S. Navy’s first Virginia-class attack submarine to be built with a redesigned bow has departed on its second ocean voyage for an extended set of sea trials, shipbuilder General Dynamics Electric Boat told IHS Jane’s Aug. 6.

Northrop Grumman gets $90 million Air Force BACN contract –

Northrop Grumman has received an $89.7 million U.S. Air Force contract option for the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node system.

Kamov to create Ka-175 rotary UAV –

Kamov have revealed details of their new Ka-175 vertical takeoff and landing reconnaissance and strike unmanned aerial vehicle, which could make its maiden flight within a year.

Brazil seeking business in southern Africa –

During late July and early August Brazil received two high-ranking delegations from southern African states as the country is seeking to increase its defense contacts in Africa.

 

Defense:

Golden Hammer: Congress loads military budget with $20 million in pet projects –

Congress may have sworn off earmarks, but lawmakers still managed to tuck into latest versions of the defense spending bill dozens of pet projects that have only tenuous connections to national security.

Dem lauds National Guard ending sponsorship of NASCAR –

Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., claimed victory Aug. 7 after the National Guard announced it would be pulling out of its sponsorship of NASCAR.

Senate blocks F-22 cut, little else for U.S. Air Force reprograming –

The relationship between the U.S. Air Force and Congress has been strained for several years, but budget documents show the four major defense committees are at least willing to consider most of the service’s funding priorities.




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Headlines August 1, 2015

News: Marine F-35 jets deemed ready for combat – A small batch of the highly anticipated – and much criticized – F-35B Joint Strike Fighter jets have been approved for combat by the U.S. Marine Corps.   News: Reports: China to sell J-10 fighter to Iran, Syria? – Iran is rumored external link to be buying 150...
 
 

News Briefs August 3, 2015

Russian military helicopter crashes during air show, one dead A Russian military helicopter crashed Aug. 2 during an aerobatic display, killing one of its crewmembers and injuring another, the Defense Ministry said. The Mi-28 helicopter gunship was part of a flight of helicopters performing aerobatics at the Dubrovichi firing range in Ryazan region, about 170...
 
 
Army photograph by John Andrew Hamilton

Improved Multiple Launch Rocket System tested at White Sands Missile Range

Army photograph by John Andrew Hamilton A Multiple Launch Rocket System with an improved armored cab fires a training rocket during a test. The rockets were simple training rockets and not equipped with a warhead, but still gen...
 

 

Missile Defense Agency, Raytheon demonstrate SM-6’s new anti-ballistic missile defense capability

In a first-of-its-kind test, the U.S. Navy fired a Raytheon Standard Missile-6, intercepting and destroying a short-range ballistic missile target at sea. The successful U.S. Missile Defense Agency test proved a modified SM-6 can eliminate threat ballistic missiles in their final seconds of flight. “SM-6 is the only missile in the world that can do...
 
 

Northrop Grumman-developed stealthy data link validated as combat ready with U.S. Marine Corps

the U.S. Marine Corps achieving F-35B initial operating capability, the Multifunction Advanced Data Link waveform developed by Northrop Grumman has been proven a key combat-ready capability of the F-35 Lightning II program. MADL is a high-data-rate, directional communications link that allows fifth-generation aircraft to communicate and coordinate tactics covertly. During testing of the Lockhee...
 
 

Lockheed Martin technology helps pilots, UAS operators share data, stay safe

As Unmanned Aircraft Systems take to the skies, it is essential for safety that UAS operators and pilots are aware of each other. To help provide this shared situational awareness, Lockheed Martin has deployed the first components of a UAS traffic management system that is available to the UAS community now. Lockheed Martin’s online Flight...
 




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