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Bunch readies for departure with ‘fini flight’

Posted June 3, 2015 by Kenji Thuloweit

Air Force photograph by Bobbi Zapka Maj. Gen. Arnold Bunch Jr., Air Force Test Center commander, poses for a photo with his wife, Carolyn, following his last proficiency flight at Edwards May 27. Maj. Gen. Arnold W. Bunch Jr., Air Force Test Center commander, took to the skies one last time over Edwards AFB May…

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Northrop announces OpenPod, next generation of podded sensor systems

Posted June 3, 2015 by

Changing, integrating or upgrading sensors on a military aircraft can be an expensive, time-consuming and complex endeavor. Northrop Grumman’s new OpenPod(TM) sensor system, unveiled at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., overcomes these challenges by making it possible for maintainers to swap sensors in theater. The OpenPod system consists of line-replaceable units and a…

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Australia, US. alliance on display

Posted June 3, 2015 by

More than 33,000 U.S. and Australian personnel will participate in the biennial military training exercise Talisman Sabre 2015 in Australia July 4-19. Talisman Sabre, jointly sponsored by the U.S. Pacific Command and Australian Defence Force Headquarters Joint Operations Command, will incorporate U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force and the Royal Australian Navy, Australian…

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Australia flies RAAF’s first C-17 equipped with advanced network access

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The Royal Australian Air Force has flown its first Boeing-built C-17A Globemaster III equipped with a new advanced satellite communication and imagery display system, providing the flight crew and passengers with unprecedented situational awareness. Boeing installed the high-speed SATCOM system to support the RAAFís ëPlan Jericho,í an initiative to transform the Australian military into an…

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NASA invests in future of aviation with supersonic research projects

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Quieter, greener supersonic travel is the focus of eight studies selected by NASAís Commercial Supersonic Technology Project to receive more than $2.3 million in funding for research that may help overcome the remaining barriers to commercial supersonic flight. The research, which will be conducted by universities and industry, will address sonic booms and high-altitude emissions…

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U.S. Navy accepts third Lockheed Martin-built MUOS communications satellite

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Lockheed Martin photograph MUOS-4, the next satellite scheduled to join the MUOS network later this year, is in final assembly and test at Lockheed Martinís satellite manufacturing facility in Sunnyvale, Calif. Following successful completion of on-orbit testing, the U.S. Navy accepted the third Lockheed Martin-built Mobile User Objective System satellite. Launched Jan. 20, MUOS-3 is…

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Community networking spotlight – Part 3

Posted June 3, 2015 by Rebecca Amber

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.–Tom Weil, Air Force veteran and city manager for California City, has been part of the Air Force Materiel Command Community Liaison Program for just over two years. Weil’s position as chief administrator of a city with 14,000 residents makes him an ideal candidate for Kern County’s community liaison slot in…

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NAWCWD completes most complex weapons survivability tests to date

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Navy photograph At 100,000 frames per second, this high-speed still captures the Live Fire Test and Evaluation (LFT&E) missile en route to the KC-46 tanker at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Divisionís Weapons Survivability Laboratory on April 7. The LFT&E missile is the first of its kind. The KC-46 program office requested the warhead…

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General Dynamics awarded $28 million for FFV design concepts

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The U.S. Army TACOM Lifecycle Management Command awarded General Dynamics Land Systems a $28.2 million contract to develop several design concepts for the Future Fighting Vehicle Phase 1 effort. General Dynamics Land Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics. As part of the FFV Phase 1 effort, General Dynamics will develop design concepts for…

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Lockhed wins new U.K. Chinook simulators, training system deal

Posted June 3, 2015 by timchisham

The UK Ministry of Defence is investing £51 million in a new synthetic training system developed by Lockheed Martin for the Royal Air Force’s Chinook Mk6 helicopter. Lockheed Martin will design and build a purpose built training facility at RAF Odiham in Hampshire, the home of the Chinook fleet, that will prepare pilots and crew…

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