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ATK secures 300 Win. Magnum ammunition contract

Posted May 12, 2014 by

ATK has announced it was awarded a Fixed Price Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract from the U.S. Army for the production of Mk248 Mod 0, 190-grain and Mk248 Mod 1, 220-grain 300 Win. Magnum (Win Mag) rifle ammunition. The Army has selected this ammunition for primary use in its M2010 Sniper rifle. The five-year 300 Win…

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News Briefs May 7, 2014

Posted May 7, 2014 by

Hagel talks of tough defense choices after war U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says tough trade-offs are necessary as the military pivots from a 13-year war footing and comes under enormous budgetary constraints. In a speech to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs May 6, Hagel said those painful decisions include cuts to military pay,…

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Sikorsky unveils CH-53K helicopter

Posted May 7, 2014 by U.S. Marine Corps reveals aircraft name

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., May 5 officially unveiled the CH-53K heavy lift helicopter, the next generation in the CH-53 type series that the U.S. Marine Corps expects to begin operational service in 2019. During the rollout ceremony, attended by members of Congress, the Department of Defense, major suppliers to the…

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Lockheed Martin units name 21 small businesses as outstanding suppliers

Posted May 7, 2014 by

Two Lockheed Martin business areas, Missiles and Fire Control and Mission Systems and Training , recognized 21 small businesses for their outstanding support during a ceremony held in Orlando, Fla. Each year, the Lockheed Martin businesses nominate and select small companies that have consistently provided outstanding support and products during the past year. Though the…

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Chandra Observatory delivers new insight into formation of star clusters

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Using data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and infrared telescopes, astronomers have made an important advance in the understanding of how clusters of stars come into being. The data show early notions of how star clusters are formed cannot be correct. The simplest idea is stars form into clusters when a giant cloud of gas…

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23 nations to participate in world’s largest maritime exercise

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Twenty-three nations, 47 ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific exercise scheduled June 26 to Aug. 1, in and around the Hawaiian Islands. The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative…

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Lockheed Martin demonstrates ADAM ground-based laser system

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Lockheed Martin photograph In tests off the California coast, the Lockheed Martin ADAM laser system burns through the hull of a military-grade boat. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xh7QcHlI6Eo&list=UUJWcF0ex7_doPdIQGbVpDsQ In tests off the California coast, a Lockheed Martin prototype laser system successfully disabled two boats at a range of approximately 1.6 kilometers (approximately 1 mile). These were the first tests…

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New space research platform ready for flight test

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The United States Rocket Academy announced the delivery of the first Lynx Cub Payload Carrier, a new research platform which promises to dramatically reduce the cost of access to space for small scientific and education payloads. The Lynx Cub Carrier will fly on the XCOR Lynx spacecraft, which is now under construction at the Mojave…

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U.S. military to assist in search for missing Nigerian girls

Posted May 7, 2014 by Claudette Roulo

About 10 U.S. Africa Command military personnel will be part of a U.S. team assisting the Nigerian government in their efforts to find more than 250 schoolgirls kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said May 7. President Barack Obama directed the formation of an interagency coordination and assessment…

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Marines deploy with first, unmanned RQ-21A Blackjack system

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Marine Corps photograph U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kirk N. Humes, a maintainer with Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron (VMU) 2, catches a RQ-21A Blackjack at Atlantic Field, N.C., April 1. VMU-2 conducted an early capability flight to train Marines with the new system before deploying in late April. The Department of the Navy√≠s new,…

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