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News Briefs March 4, 2015

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General: 8,500 Islamic State fighters killed in Iraq so far The U.S.-led military coalition in Iraq has killed more than 8,500 Islamic State fighters since its bombing campaign began in August, the top general overseeing the coalition said March 3. Army Gen. Lloyd Austin, the commander of U.S. Central Command, said the Islamic State, which…

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Turning up the heat

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Lockheed Martin photograph Lockheed Martin ATHENA laser weapon system defeats a truck target by disabling the engine, demonstrating its military effectiveness against enemy ground vehicles. Latest evolution of Lockheed Martin laser stops truck in field test Lockheed Martinís 30-kilowatt fiber laser weapon system successfully disabled the engine of a small truck during a recent field…

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USO Visit

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Air Force photograph by Jet Fabara Actor Vince Vaughn speaks with Edwards Airmen and 412th Security Forces Squadron members at the base library before introducing an advance screening of his new movie, “Unfinished Business,” at the base theater Feb. 28.

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Sikorsky S-97 RAIDERô team begins final assembly of second aircraft

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Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., announced March 4 the start of final assembly of the second S-97 RAIDERô helicopter at the company’s Development Flight Center. Along with a team of industry suppliers, Sikorsky is developing two RAIDERô prototypes to demonstrate the revolutionary new capabilities in improved maneuverability and flight speed. The…

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Sikorsky awarded $8 million contract for Phase 1 ALIAS program

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Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced March 4 that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded the company an $8 million contract for Phase 1 of the Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System program. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. The objective of DARPA’s ALIAS program is to develop and insert new automation into…

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NASA’s Chandra Observatory finds cosmic showers halt galaxy growth

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Image courtesy of NASA/CXC/DSS/Magellan A study of over 200 galaxy clusters, including Abell 2597 shown here, with NASAís Chandra X-ray Observatory has revealed how an unusual form of cosmic precipitation stifles star formation. Using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers have found that the growth of galaxies containing supermassive black holes can be slowed down by…

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RAAF aircrew complete basic training in Growler

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Five Royal Australian Air Force aircrew personnel graduated from basic training at Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129, the U.S. Navy’s EA-18G Growler Fleet Replacement Squadron, during a ceremony Feb. 27 at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash. The graduation marked a milestone in the RAAF-U.S. Navy partnership in airborne electronic attack as it was the…

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Global Hawk sees decrease in cost per flight hour amidst increased operational tempo

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The U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk high-altitude, long-endurance autonomous unmanned aircraft system had another remarkable year in 2014, with a significant decrease in cost per flight hour coupled with a sharp increase in flight hours. The Global Hawk program has brought the system’s cost per flight hour down to the point of being half…

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News Briefs March 2, 2015

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Italy resumes Navy exercise amid new tensions over Libya The Italian Navy is resuming exercises in the Mediterranean Sea, including near the coast of Libya, amid concerns about rapidly deteriorating security in the North African nation. The exercise began March 2 and includes anti-submarine, anti-aircraft and anti-ship training operations. The exercise was suspended for a…

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First all-electric propulsion satellites send first on-orbit signals

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Two Boeing 702SP (small platform) satellites, the first all-electric propulsion satellites to launch, have sent initial signals from space, marking the first step toward ABS, based in Bermuda, and Eutelsat, based in Paris, being able to provide enhanced communication services to their customers. Whatís more, the satellites were launched as a conjoined stack on a…

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