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NASA, ESA telescopes give shape to furious black hole winds

Posted February 23, 2015 by

NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) and ESA’s (European Space Agency) XMM-Newton telescope are showing that fierce winds from a supermassive black hole blow outward in all directions – a phenomenon that had been suspected, but difficult to prove until now. This discovery has given astronomers their first opportunity to measure the strength of these…

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LRASM completes third successful flight test

Posted February 23, 2015 by

The Long Range Anti-Ship Missile built by Lockheed Martin achieved a third successful air-launched flight test, with the missile performing as expected during low altitude flight. The test, conducted on Feb. 4, was in support of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy joint-service LRASM program. Flying over the Sea…

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News Briefs February 18, 2015

Posted February 18, 2015 by

Navy debuts robot that can fight fires aboard ships The Navy has developed a prototype of a man-sized robot to do one of the most dangerous jobs aboard any ship: fighting a fire. The Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot was developed by researchers at Virginia Tech and made its public debut during a Navy science and…

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US Navy’s P-8A Poseidon system enhancements add mission capabilities

Posted February 18, 2015 by

The US Navy has awarded a $15.5 million system development contract to Raytheon to develop a flexible, application-based architecture for the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft. The ABA will allow mission commanders to rapidly field new or enhanced capabilities through third-party software applications. Raytheon’s ABA design aligns with both the Department of Defense’s “Better Buying…

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Small Diameter Bomb II completes live fire tests

Posted February 18, 2015 by

TUCSON, Ariz., Feb. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ –†Raytheon and the U.S. Air Force completed two successful Small Diameter Bomb II (SDB II) all-up round live fire test flights that demonstrated the weapon’s ability to detect, track and destroy moving targets. The flight tests, which took place at the White Sands Missile Test Range, N.M., are the…

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Northrop Grumman delivers 1,000th distributed aperture system for F-35

Posted February 18, 2015 by

Marking another on-time delivery, Northrop Grumman recently supplied the 1,000th AN/AAQ-37 Distributed Aperture System sensor for integration on the F-35 Lightning II aircraft. The six infrared DAS sensors on the F-35 provide full spherical situational awareness to the pilot, day and night. The DAS provides a revolutionary capability to autonomously detect and track aircraft and…

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General Dynamics awarded $50 million for Abrams tank production

Posted February 18, 2015 by

The U.S. Army TACOM Lifecycle Management Command has awarded General Dynamics Land Systems $49.7 million under an existing contract to upgrade M1A1 Abrams tanks to the M1A2 Systems Enhancement Package V2 configuration. General Dynamics Land Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics. The most technologically advanced digital tank, the M1A2 SEP V2 includes improved…

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Priorities of AF acquisition outlined at symposium

Posted February 18, 2015 by SSgt. Christopher Gross

Dr. William A. LaPlante, the assistant secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, outlined the Air Force’s top acquisition priorities during the Air Force Association’s annual Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition Feb. 13, in Orlando, Fla. LaPlante pointed out five key areas of focus which included: Get high priority programs right and keep them…

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Boeing system could bring precision to laser weapons

Posted February 18, 2015 by

Boeing has been awarded a $29.5 million contract to design and develop a beam control system that could provide exceptional accuracy for laser weapons on U.S. Navy warships. Boeing will begin to design a prototype High Power Beam Control Subsystem thatís compatible with High Energy Lasers based on solid-state laser technology. Boeingís solution will be…

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News Briefs February 13, 2015

Posted February 13, 2015 by

Military jet crashes in southern Russia, two crewmen missing A Russian military jet crashed Feb. 11 while trying to land in southern Russia and the fate of its two crewmembers is unknown, the Defense Ministry said. The ministry said the Su-24 bomber went down as it was approaching its base in the southern Volgograd region…

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