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News Briefs June 12, 2015

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Hungary: Pilot stable after crash landing Gripen fighter jet Hungary’s defense ministry says a pilot who ejected from his Gripen fighter jet during a crash landing is in stable condition. Lt. Gen. Zoltan Orosz said experienced pilot Maj. Sandor Kadar was on a training run June 10 in a Gripen JAS-39C jet when he indicated…

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Raytheon demonstrates advanced GPS OCX capabilities

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Last week, Raytheon demonstrated the advanced capabilities of the Global Positioning System’s Next Generation Operational Control System to key Defense Department and other stakeholders through a series of realistic operational demonstrations. These demonstrations, which incorporated software that will be delivered with the Launch and Checkout System, validated how automation will improve system efficiency and effectiveness….

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F-16 durability testing: 25,000 hours, counting

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzd7ML2NqyY&feature=player_embedded Lockheed Martin recently completed 25,000 hours of simulated flight time on an F-16C Block 50 aircraft, demonstrating the safety and durability of the F-16 well beyond the aircraft’s original design service life of 8,000 Equivalent Flight Hours. Further testing is being conducted to identify a definitive, safe flight hour limit for the aircraft. The…

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New base opens possibilities for Iraqi forces, Dempsey says

Posted June 12, 2015 by Jim Garamone

The addition of up to 450 troops and the opening of a training base in Taqaddam, Iraq, is an adjustment to the campaign, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in Naples, Italy, June 11. The adjustment fits in with the strategy to enable Iraqi forces to take the fight to the Islamic…

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Expedition 43 crew departs space station, lands safely in Kazakhstan

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Three crew members of the International Space Station returned to Earth June 11 after a 199-day mission that included several spacewalks, technology demonstrations, and hundreds of scientific experiments spanning multiple disciplines, including human and plant biology. Expedition 43 Commander Terry Virts of NASA, Flight Engineers Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and…

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Boeing, Myanmar National Airlines celebrate first Next-Generation 737-800 delivery

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Boeing and Myanmar National Airlines celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first Next-Generation 737-800 leased from GE Capital Aviation Services, the commercial aircraft leasing arm of GE. The celebration also marked the first all-new Boeing airplane to be delivered to any Myanmar-based airline. The airplane is the first to feature Myanmar National Airlines’ new livery…

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Constitutional questions grow over Japan PM’s military plans

Posted June 12, 2015 by Mari Yamaguchi

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s pledge to the U.S. to increase Japan’s military contribution internationally is facing more questions about potential conflicts with the nation’s pacifist Constitution. Opposition lawmakers demanded answers from key Cabinet members at a hearing June 10, after three prominent constitution experts–including one chosen by Abe’s ruling party–unanimously told a parliamentary committee…

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DHS student awarded DAR bronze medal

Posted June 10, 2015 by Rebecca Amber

Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber Cadet Lt. Col. Krista Antonio was awarded a bronze medal from the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution for her record of military and scholastic achievement as member of the Desert High School JROTC. The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution has presented…

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News Briefs June 10, 2015

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Governor vetoes bill limiting Nevada National Guard benefits Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval has issued his first veto from the 2015 legislative session on a relatively obscure bill dealing with life insurance premiums for Nevada National Guard members. Sandoval opted June 8 to prevent AB472 from becoming law. The measure unanimously passed the Senate and Assembly…

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NASA’s LDSD project completes second experimental test flight

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NASA photograph by Bill Ingalls NASA’s Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator hangs from a launch tower at U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii. The saucer-shaped vehicle will test two devices for landing heavy payloads on Mars: an inflatable donut-shaped device and a supersonic parachute. The launch tower helps link the vehicle to a balloon;…

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