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Army awards Lockheed Martin sustainment contract for Apache targeting/NVD

Posted February 9, 2015 by

Lockheed Martin received an $82 million Performance Based Logistics (PBL) contract in December from the U.S. Army for AH-64 Apache helicopter Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) system sustainment. The firm, fixed-price contract is the foundation for a comprehensive sustainment solution that enables M-TADS/PNVS mission readiness, reduces operation and support costs, and…

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News Briefs February 6, 2015

Posted February 6, 2015 by

Box of live ammo falls from military chopper during training A box of live ammunition accidentally fell from a U.S. military helicopter during a night training exercise over populous South Florida. Miami-Dade police said the box was lost Feb. 4 over an area in the northwest part of the county. Authorities were urging anyone who…

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Shifting of armored vehicles examined in fatal Afghan crash

Posted February 6, 2015 by David N. Goodman

A shifting of heavily armored military vehicles is being examined as a possible factor in the 2013 crash of a cargo plane in Afghanistan that killed six crew members from Michigan and one from Kentucky, the National Transportation Safety Board said Feb. 3. Its 86-page report is described as a summary of operational factors in…

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Boeing, LATAM Airlines Group celebrate delivery of airline’s First 787-9 Dreamliner

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Boeing and LATAM Airlines Group celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first 787-9 Dreamliner. LATAM Airlines Group is leasing the new airplane from Amsterdam-based lessor AerCap. LATAM Airlines Group will become Latin America’s first operator of both the 787-8 and 787-9 variants of the Dreamliner family when the airline group launches 787-9 services on South…

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NASA spacecraft returns new images of Pluto en route to historic encounter

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NASA/JHU APL/SwRI photograph The image of Pluto and its moon Charon, taken by NASAís New Horizons spacecraft, was magnified four times to make the objects more visible. Over the next several months, the apparent sizes of Pluto and Charon, as well as the separation between them, will continue to expand in the images. NASA’s New…

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AF officials announce fiscal 2016 budget force structure changes

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Air Force officials released force structure changes resulting from the fiscal year 2016 President’s Budget, Feb. 6. The fiscal year 2016 budget will continue the Air Force’s divestment strategy presented in fiscal year 2015, but will re-phase the retirement of several weapons systems later into the Future Years Defense Program in order to retain critical…

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Kremlin pursues military modernization despite economic woes

Posted February 6, 2015 by Vladimir Isachenkov

Hundreds of new Russian aircraft, tanks and missiles are rolling off assembly lines. Russian jets roar through European skies under NATO’s wary eye. Tens of thousands of troops take part in war games showing off the military’s readiness for all-out war. The muscle flexing suggests that Russia’s economic woes so far are having no impact…

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Armstrong Flight Research Center reaches students.

Posted February 6, 2015 by Linda KC Reynolds

Photograph by Linda KC Reynolds Norbert, NASAís Digital Learning Network mascot has a little fun with students at the Gregg Anderson Academy. Principal Shelly Dearinger believes the school is so successful due to the parents, teachers and community partners such as those from the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center. Catching and holding elementary children’s attention…

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Making sailors SAFFiR

Posted February 6, 2015 by Tammy White

Navy unveils firefighting robot prototype at expo Navy photograph by John F. Williams The Office of Naval Research-sponsored Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot (SAFFiR) undergoes testing aboard the Naval Research Laboratory’s ex-USS Shadwell in Mobile, Ala. SAFFiR is a bipedal humanoid robot being developed to assist Sailors with damage control and inspection operations aboard naval vessels….

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Boeing, DLA exercise $223 million combat logistics support agreement

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Boeing and the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency signed the second phase of a performance-based contract that reduces combat logistics support costs while enhancing war fighter readiness. Under terms of the contract Boeing will provide support for 11 different aircraft including the F/A-18 Super Hornet; AH-64 Apache; AV-8B Harrier; B-52 Stratofortress; C-17 Globemaster III and associated…

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