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News Briefs June 14, 2013

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Top military leader disputes diplomat on Benghazi The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says four members of Army special forces in Tripoli were never told to stand down after the attack last year on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey disputed the claim by former top diplomat Gregory…

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Raytheon to improve US Army air defenses, better identify targets

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Raytheon, under a contract modification from the U.S. Army, is adding new capabilities to the Identification Friend or Foe interrogator to reduce Radio Frequency emissions and enhance target identification for the warfighter. “We understood that the warfighter needed an improved identification capability, so Raytheon is both increasing the capability of the interrogator system and reducing…

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Northrop Grumman develops new aallium arsenide E-Band high-power monolithic microwave integrated sircuits

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Northrop Grumman photographs Northrop Grumman has developed the APH667 (left) and the APH668, two new GaAs MMIC high-power amplifiers operating in the E-band frequency spectrum. They allow users to reach higher output power levels without combining multiple MMICs, a typical practice, simplifying product architecture and enhancing performance. REDONDO BEACH, Calif. Northrop Grumman has developed new…

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Air Force C-130s drop 25,000 gallons of retardant on Colorado fire

Posted June 14, 2013 by TSgt. Stephen J. Collier

Navy photograph by Lt. Cmdr. William Lewis Two Modular Airborne Firefighting System-equipped C-130 Hecules from the Air Force Reserve’s 302nd Airlift Wing prepare to take flight June 12, 2013, at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. The aircraft and their aircrews have been assigned to provide MAFFS support to wildland firefighting efforts in the Southwest and…

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Boeing receives additional aircraft support contract from U.S. Navy

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Boeing will continue to ensure the availability of U.S. aircraft including the F/A-18 Hornet, AV-8B Harrier, EA-6B Prowler and V-22 Osprey through a $5.5 million U.S. Navy contract to maintain the Reconfigurable Transportable Consolidated Automated Support System. The U.S. Marine Corps and Air Force Special Operations use RTCASS ñ which Boeing also manufactures to troubleshoot…

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Bell Boeing awarded contract for 99 V-22 Osprey tiltrotor Aircraft

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The Bell Boeing V-22 Program, a strategic alliance between Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. and Boeing, has been awarded a five-year U.S. Naval Air Systems Command contract for the production and delivery of 99 V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, including 92 MV-22 models for the U.S. Marine Corps and seven CV-22 models for the U.S. Air Force…

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College students study Earth from NASAís DC-8 flying lab

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PALMDALE, Calif. Thirty-two undergraduate students are participating in an eight-week NASA Airborne Science Program field experience designed to immerse them in the agency’s Earth Science research. Now in its fifth year, NASA’s Student Airborne Research Program provides a unique opportunity for undergraduate students majoring in the sciences, mathematics and engineering to participate in all aspects…

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Hubble uncovers evidence of farthest planet forming from its star

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using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have found compelling evidence of a planet forming 7.5 billion miles away from its star, a finding that may challenge current theories about planet formation. Of the almost 900 planets outside our solar system that have been confirmed to date, this is the first to be found at such a…

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Airbus A350 XWB makes first flight

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The worldís aviation sector moved to the rhythm of Airbusí A350 XWB June 14 as this new-generation jetliner performed its first flight viewed by thousands of company employees, industry executives and aircraft enthusiasts at Toulouse, France, and followed on the Internet by a global audience. Beginning its takeoff roll exactly on time at 10 a.m….

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AEDC site of choice for unique T-6 Texan II engine test

Posted June 14, 2013 by Philip Lorenz III

Air Force photograph by Rick Goodfriend A frontal view of the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-68 turboprop engine installed in AEDCís SL-1 test cell includes a special shroud to provide a simulated flight environment for the propeller. Without the shroud the propeller would create a pulse every time the blade passes at the closet point…

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