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Forecast International sees intensifying competition in the medium/heavy military rotorcraft market

Posted March 27, 2013 by

Forecast International is projecting that 4,796 medium/heavy military rotorcraft will be produced between 2013 and 2022. The Connecticut-based market research firm estimates the value of this production at $114.4 billion in constant 2013 U.S. dollars. The company defines a medium/heavy rotorcraft as one having a gross weight of 6,804 kilograms (15,000 pounds) or greater. Annual…

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General Dynamics awarded $26 million for MK46 Naval Weapon Systems

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General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, has been awarded a $25.7 million contract to produce eight MK46 30mm Naval Weapon Systems for the U.S. Navy for use on San Antonio-class (LPD-17) ships and the Littoral Combat Ship class. The MK46 30mm Naval Weapon System is an all-weather, day/night, fully stabilized weapon…

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Elbit Systems of America, Laser Light Engines partner to develop new high-powered laser for display applications

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Elbit Systems of America, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems, Ltd., has contracted with Laser Light Engines, Inc., the leader in laser illumination for high brightness digital projection, to manufacture the LLE DSG-265,ô a high-powered, solid state de-speckled GREEN laser module that is revolutionizing the way movies are watched. LLE’s “universal” architecture enable its…

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Blue Horizons: War College students look at 2035

Posted March 27, 2013 by Randy Roughton

Each spring, a select group of Air War College students meet for BOGSAT sessions and collaborate in “murder boards” to help Air Force leaders make decisions on how the service will adapt to technological changes in the next quarter of a century. For the past five years, Blue Horizons has investigated a future described as…

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SpaceX Dragon spacecraft returns critical NASA science to Earth

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A Space Exploration Technologies Corp. Dragon spacecraft successfully completed the company’s second cargo flight to the International Space Station March 26, with a 12:36 p.m., EDT, splashdown in the Pacific Ocean a few hundred miles west of Baja California, Mexico. “The scientific research delivered and being returned by Dragon enables advances in every aspect of…

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Future of U.K. helicopter search and rescue agreed

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Crown Copyright 2013 A Royal Air Force search and rescue helicopter from 22 Squadron during the rescue of an injured fisherman from the French trawler Alf (left) in the Irish Sea. The United Kingdomís Department for Transport announced March 26 the signing of a £1.6 billion contract to provide the U.K.’s search and rescue helicopter…

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Improvements extend C-5 life

Posted March 27, 2013 by A1C Ashlin Federick

Air Force photograph by A1C Ashlin Federick A Dewar tank sits in a C-5M Super Galaxy that is being worked on at the isochronal maintenance dock March 26, 2013, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. Using Air Force Smart Operations of the 21st Century, Airmen from Dover AFB upgraded the tank to improve the reliability…

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AAR ramps up parts availability in Europe

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AAR, a global leader in the supply and repair of component parts for the aviation industry, is expanding its parts inventory for the European market, reducing lead times and shipping costs for its customers. The companyís main distribution center in Amsterdam will carry an increased stock of high-demand airframe and engine-related components, along with bulky,…

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News Briefs March 25, 2013

Posted March 25, 2013 by

Marines ID gunman, two victims in U.S. base shooting A U.S. Marine who shot two of his colleagues to death and then killed himself was a tactics instructor at a school that tests Marines who want to become officers, military officials said Saturday. Sgt. Eusebio Lopez, 25, gunned down 19-year-old Lance Cpl. Sara Castromata and…

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Congress reviews reserve forces equipment needs

Posted March 25, 2013 by Col. Bob Thompson

Air Force photograph by Col. Bob Thompson Lt. Gen. James F. Jackson, chief of Air Force Reserve, joined other Reserve and National Guard senior leaders on Capitol Hill March 19 to testify and answer questions. Jackson, who also commands Air Force Reserve Command, and the other senior leaders spoke about the need to update and…

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