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News Briefs May 21, 2014

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Russian army readies return from Ukrainian border The Russian Defense Ministry says its units in the western regions bordering Ukraine are preparing for a journey to their home bases in line with President Vladimir Putin’s order. Putin ordered the withdrawal May 19 in what could be an attempt to ease tensions with the West over…

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Sikorsky Aircraft, LORD Corporation successfully test hub mounted vibration suppressors

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Sikorsky Aircraft and LORD Corporation May 20 announced the successful completion of flight demonstration testing of the Hub Mounted Vibration Suppressor, a new technology aimed to reduce vibration on helicopters. The demonstration was part of an effort to address the challenge of crew fatigue and reduced equipment reliability and readiness that are caused by helicopter…

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Raytheon’s Excalibur Ib moves closer to full rate production

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YUMA PROVING GROUND, Ariz., May 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –Raytheon and the U.S. Army completed Initial Operational Test and Evaluation for Excalibur Ib during a series of successful tests at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz. This milestone moves the program one step closer to full rate production. During IOT&E, artillerymen from Fort Riley’s 1st Battalion, 5th Field…

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Pratt & Whitney unveils higher thrust PurePower engine

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Pratt & Whitney May 20 launched the newest addition to the PurePower engine family, the PW1135G-JM engine, a 35,000 thrust class engine for the Airbus A321neo aircraft. The engine’s higher thrust makes it the most powerful engine on the A321neo allowing A321neo operators, fitted with Geared Turbofanô engine technology, to fly routes of greater distance…

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MH-60 trainer is a first for U.S. Navy squadrons in Japan

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Navy photograph An MH-60 Tactical Operational Flight Trainer, similar to the one above, was delivered to Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan on May 16. The reconfigurable device, the first-of-its-kind for the MH-60 community, will provide aircrew training for two types of helicopters. Once installation is complete, three squadrons will use the device for procedures, proficiency…

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Northrop Grumman, Air Force complete successful CDR of EPS control, planning segment

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Northrop Grumman has successfully conducted the critical design review for the Enhanced Polar System Control and Planning Segment the week of April 28 and the Military Satellite Communications Systems Directorate exercised the program’s development option on April 30. The U.S. Air Force’s EPS provides space-enabled, secure communications capabilities to polar users in support of national…

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NASA partners with Rolls-Royce on braze joint technology testing

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The Innovative Technology Partnerships Office or ITPO at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., has announced the signing of a Reimbursable Space Act Agreement between Rolls-Royce, Indianapolis, Ind., to collaborate on the development of braze joint performance prediction methods for critical structures subjected to complex loading conditions. Through this partnership Rolls-Royce will establish…

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Unmanned QF-16 takes flight at Holloman

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Air Force photograph by SSgt. E’Lysia Wray An unmanned QF-16 aircraft prepares to participate in a graduation exercise at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., May 14. The graduation exercise tests the aircraftís capabilities and connectivity to the White Sands Test System at White Sands Missile Range. The unmanned QF-16ís were converted to remotely piloted aircraft…

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MEADS system gains full certification for identifying friend or foe aircraft

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The Medium Extended Air Defense System Mode 5 Identification Friend or Foe subsystem has received full certification for operation by the United States Department of Defense International AIMS (Air Traffic Control Radar Beacon System, Identification Friend or Foe, Mark XII/Mark XIIA, Systems) Program Office. The system is designed to ensure the safety of allied aircrews…

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Orion in final assembly at Kennedy Space Center

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Lockheed Martin and NASA engineers have started the process of installing the largest heat shield ever built onto the Orion spacecraft’s crew module. The heat shield installation marks one of the final steps in the spacecraft’s assembly leading up to its first test flight, Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), later this year. EFT-1 will provide engineers…

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