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General Dynamics awarded contracts Hydra-70 rocket program

Posted July 20, 2015 by

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, was recently awarded two contract modifications by the U.S. Army Contracting Command in Redstone Arsenal, Ala., for production of the 2.75″/70mm Hydra-70 air-to-ground rocket system for U.S. military services and Foreign Military Sales customers. Both options exercised are part of a supplies contract…

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AFRL, partner researchers use data science to improve aircraft manufacturing processes

Posted July 20, 2015 by Holly Jordan

The Air Force Research Laboratory, along with data science start-up Nutonian, Inc., have developed an advanced model that promises to improve the production and performance of metallic aircraft components. Since metals make up nearly three-fourths of turbine engine components and two-thirds of a typical airframe’s weight, their cost and performance have a significant effect on…

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Airbus CEO talks about emissions, innovation, more

Posted July 20, 2015 by David Koenig

These are heady times for the commercial-aircraft business at Airbus and Boeing, as airlines place huge orders for new planes. Each is working on more fuel-efficient aircraft to satisfy airlines that want lower fuel bills and regulators who want lower emissions from aircraft. Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders spoke last month to an aviation conference…

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News Briefs July 15, 2015

Posted July 15, 2015 by

Panel: Shifting cargo likely caused 2013 Afghanistan crash Federal transportation officials say a military vehicle aboard an overloaded plane in Afghanistan broke free, likely leading to the 2013 crash that killed all seven crew members. The National Transportation Safety Board said July 14 an improperly secured Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle went through the bulkhead….

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Bell Boeing announces contract for first V-22 Ospreys to Japan

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Bell Boeing, a strategic alliance between Bell Helicopter, a Textron company, and Boeing, was awarded a U.S. Navy contract today for five Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft to be delivered to Japan, marking the first sale of the aircraft through the U.S. governmentĂ­s foreign military sales program. The contract for the Block C aircraft…

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Top defense firms recognized for superior performance

Posted July 15, 2015 by

The Department of the Army July 14 announced its top performing industry partners for 2015. This is the second annual ranking released as part of the Department of Defense’s Superior Supplier Incentive Program, or SSIP. “We remain committed to providing the best equipment to our Soldiers at the best value for the taxpayer,” said Heidi…

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AF rolls out details to improve RPA mission

Posted July 15, 2015 by

In response to a critical shortage of remotely piloted aircraft pilots, the Air Force rolled out more details of its plan to fix the problem in both the short and long term. The most recent initiatives include creating bonuses for RPA pilots of $15,000 per year beginning in fiscal year 2016; placing some newly minted…

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News Briefs July 13, 2015

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Critics welcome departure of Stryker brigade from Hawaii Critics of the Army’s decision to base light-armored Stryker vehicles on Oahu are hailing the cost savings and environmental benefits they expect from a move to send them out of Hawaii. Earthjustice attorney David Henkin says an environmental impact statement found the vehicles would erode land and…

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Army photograph by Sgt. Steven Peterson
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Airmen share aerial refueling tactics with RAAF

Posted July 13, 2015 by SSgt. Alexander Martinez

Army photograph by Sgt. Steven Peterson from the 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron from Kadena Air Base, Japan, partner with members of the Australian Army for a refueling exercise at the Royal Australian Air Force Base Darwin, Australia, July 8, 2015, during Talisman Sabre 2015. Talisman Sabre is a biennial exercise that provides an invaluable opportunity…

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Lockheed Martin’s JAGM goes two-for-two in latest flight tests

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Lockheed Martin demonstrated its multi-mode Joint Air-to-Ground Missile, engaging two laser-designated stationary targets during recent Government-led flight tests at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. In the first test, the missile flew four kilometers, engaged its precision-strike, semi-active laser and hit the stationary target. During the second flight, the missile flew four kilometers, acquired the target…

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