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Navy secretary names multiple ships

Posted June 7, 2013 by

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced June 6 the next three joint high speed vessels (JHSV) will be named USNS Yuma, USNS Bismarck and USNS Burlington, and two littoral combat ships will be named USS Billings and USS Tulsa. “It is my privilege as Secretary of the Navy to name these ships after five…

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Becker communication system selected for C-130 Hercules AMP

Posted June 7, 2013 by

Becker Avionics’ DVCS6100 Digital Audio System was recently selected as part of a larger C-130 Hercules Avionics Modernization Program. The Intercom System modernization and avionics upgrade was selected by an undisclosed military customer, which will be managed in conjunction with a prime aircraft integration company. The project replaces the aging aircraft ICS system and wiring…

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News Briefs June 5, 2013

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U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,097 As of June 4, 2013, at least 2,097 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,738 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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Headlines June 5, 2013

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News White House promises veto of GOP spending plan The White House stepped in June with a veto threat against a House GOP plan to advance a round of 2014 spending bills that would ease sequester-imposed cuts on the Pentagon while forcing even deeper cuts on non-defense programs. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/06/03/white-house-promises-veto-gop-spending-plan/ House panel votes to stop DOD…

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UTC Aerospace Systems awarded Boeing C17 Globemaster III landing gear system overhaul services contract

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UTC Aerospace Systems has again been selected by Boeing to provide landing gear system maintenance services in support of the U.S. Air Force fleet of the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III aircraft. Included as part of the agreement, the company will partner with Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, Utah supporting C-17 workload. UTC Aerospace Systems…

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Northrop Grumman supports STEM education initiatives by awarding grants to Los Angeles area teachers

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WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. -†Northrop Grumman) has provided grants worth a total of $3,300 to support science, technology, engineering and mathematics educational initiatives in Los Angeles metropolitan area schools. Northrop Grumman awarded 11 individual grants of $300 each to teachers in local elementary, middle and high schools to fund projects that promote STEM education and awareness….

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Northrop Grumman begins sampling new gallium nitride packaged power amplifier for military, commercial high-power amplifier needs

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REDONDO BEACH, Calif. -†Northrop Grumman has developed a new gallium nitride (GaN) flange packaged power amplifier, APN180FP, targeting military and commercial Ka-band communication applications. This product represents the first commercial availability of a packaged, GaN-based component from the company. “The APN180FP provides customers with a powerful, easy-to-use, high-frequency product that greatly expands the accessibility of…

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Heftier unmanned ground vehicle offers more lifting, hauling strength

Posted June 5, 2013 by Robert Karlsen and Bob Van Enkenvoort

Photograph courtesy of iRobot The iRobot Warrior, using a tool on the end of its arm, is able to grab, lift and carry heavy items. The arm can lift up to 350 pounds and the Warrior can carry a payload of up to 150 pounds. A small car can’t pull a heavy trailer. Sports utility…

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U.S. Navy awards General Dynamics $31 million to continue supporting airborne mission computers

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The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems a $31.5 million contract for the performance-based logistics support of the Advanced Mission Computers in the Navy’s F/A-18 Hornet and AV-8B Harrier aircrafts. This is the second five-year performance-based logistics contract that General Dynamics has won with the Naval Supply Systems Command. General Dynamics Advanced…

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Space

NASA’s Spitzer sees Milky Wayís blooming countryside

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New views from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope show blooming stars in our Milky Way galaxy’s more barren territories, far from its crowded core. The images are part of the Galactic Legacy Infrared Mid-Plane Survey Extraordinaire (Glimpse 360) project, which is mapping the celestial topography of our galaxy. The map and a full, 360-degree view of…

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