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News Briefs September 24, 2014

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Minuteman 3 test missile launches from California The U.S. Air Force has test-launched an unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The missile lifted off from Vandenberg at 7:45 a.m., PDT, Sept. 23 on a 4,200-mile flight over the Pacific to a target on the Kwajalein Atoll. The Air Force…

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Lockheed Martin’s Havoc 8×8 vehicle aces brutal Nevada Automotive Test Center course

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Lockheed Martin photograph Lockheed Martin’s Havoc 8×8 pushes through rocky terrain at the Nevada Automotive Test Center. Lockheed Martin’s Havoc 8×8 Armored Modular Vehicle successfully completed the Nevada Automotive Test Center’s challenging Butte Mountain Trail course, one of the most severe off-road test tracks in the world. Teamed with Patria, Havoc is Lockheed Martin’s entry…

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MEADS multifunction fire control radar proves capabilities in performance tests

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MEADS International photograph MEADS multifunction fire control radar proves capabilities in performance tests. The Medium Extended Air Defense System program has completed a six-week performance test of its 360-degree Multifunction Fire Control Radar at Pratica di Mare Air Base near Rome, Italy, and at MBDA Germany’s air defense center in Freinhausen in the presence of…

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ATK offers solid solution to U.S. Air Force’s RD-180 replacement request

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ATK has provided the U.S. Air Force an American-made commercial solid rocket solution as a replacement for the RD-180 Russian-made, first-stage engine of United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V launch vehicle. “ATK’s solid rocket propulsion solution provides a cost-effective, reliable solution based on advanced technology,” said Blake Larson, president of ATK’s Aerospace Group. “I am confident…

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Northrop Grumman Scalable Agile Beam Radar completes design reviews, prepares for delivery

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Demonstrating the maturity of its active electronically scanned array radar technologies, Northrop Grumman has successfully concluded all engineering and manufacturing development design reviews for the AN/APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar in just 12 months. Northrop Grumman’s AN/APG-83 SABR is a direct replacement for legacy F-16 radars and includes fifth-generation radar capabilities, the largest synthetic aperture…

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Veterans

VA updates disability claims application

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The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Sept. 24 that it is introducing a uniformed disability claims form to better serve veterans, families and survivors. Standardizing the process by which veterans file claims and initiate appeals will make it easier for veterans and their survivors to clearly state what benefits they are seeking from VA and…

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SpaceX breaks ground on Texas rocket launch site

Posted September 24, 2014 by Christopher Sherman

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – The commercial rocket launches that could begin as early as 2016 in the southernmost tip of Texas will be a critical step toward one day establishing a human presence on Mars, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk said Sept 22. With waves from the Gulf of Mexico crashing just over the dunes…

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Republic Of Korea approves procurement of Lockheed Martin F-35A

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The Republic of Korea finalized its formal selection of the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II aircraft for its F-X fighter acquisition program, announcing its intent to sign the Letter of Offer and Acceptance between the U.S. and Korean governments for 40†F-35A Conventional Take Off and Landing variant jets with initial deliveries beginning in 2018. “We…

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USS Coronado performs live-fire test of Norwegian strike missile

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The crew of littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) successfully performed a live-fire demonstration of a Kongsberg Naval Strike Missile during missile testing operations off the coast of Southern California, Sept. 23. During the test, the Norwegian-made Kongsberg NSM was launched from the deck of Coronado and scored a direct hit on its intended…

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Boeing to design hosted payload for scientific measurement

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Boeing will investigate hosting a scientific payload on a commercial satellite under a new six-month contract awarded by the Air Forceís Space and Missiles Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif. The TEMPO or Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution payload will measure atmospheric pollution for most of North America and would launch and…

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