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Northrop Grumman delivers first operational Fire Scout to U.S. Navy

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Northrop Grumman photograph Northrop Grumman MQ-8C Fire Scout sits on the tarmac at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu. Northrop Grumman has delivered the first operational MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter to the U.S. Navy. The system will be used by ship-based commanders to improve the Navy’s intelligence-gathering capabilities. The MQ-8C is an upgraded version…

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40,000 Javelin missiles delivered and counting

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Raytheon and Lockheed Martin Javelin Joint Venture recently delivered the 40,000th Javelin missile to the U.S. Army. Javelin is the world’s premier shoulder-fired anti-armor system. After launch, Javelin automatically guides itself to the target, allowing the operator to take cover and avoid counterfire. The operator can reposition immediately after launch or reload to engage another…

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Raytheon’s new precision guided projectile hits the mark in recent testing

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Raytheon has successfully test fired four Precision Extended Range Munition guided projectiles. Three of the GPS-guided rounds flew to the required range and hit within the required distance of their targets. One round was fired to the minimum range requirement and impacted just a few meters from an off-axis target. The tests validated the functionality…

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Defense

NORAD prepares to track Santa’s flight

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The North American Aerospace Defense Command’s NORAD Tracks Santa website, http://www.noradsanta.org, launched Dec. 1, featuring a mobile version, a holiday countdown, new games and daily activities and more. The website is available in eight languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Chinese. Official NORAD Tracks Santa apps are also available in the Windows,…

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Boeing conducts world’s first flight with ‘green diesel’ as aviation biofuel

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Boeing photograph Boeing has completed the world’s first flight using “green diesel,” a sustainable biofuel that is widely available and used in ground transportation. The company powered its ecoDemonstrator 787 flight test airplane yesterday with a blend of 15 percent green diesel and 85 percent petroleum jet fuel in the left engine. Shown here, the…

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Boeing completes first milestone for Commercial Crew Transportation Systems

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NASA has approved the completion of Boeing’s first milestone in the company’s path toward launching crews to the International Space Station from the United States under a groundbreaking Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contract. The Certification Baseline Review is the first of many more milestones, including flight tests from Florida’s Space Coast that will establish the…

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Events

Japanese aircraft of World War II

Posted December 3, 2014 by

The Planes of Fame Air Museumís monthly Living History event for December is 10 a.m.-noon, Dec. 6. Doors open at 9 a.m. The topic this month is Japanese Aircraft of World War II and will feature a Japanese Imperial Navy Aichi D3A “Val” replica and the Yokosuka Suiseu D4Y3 (Judy) Model 43. Dan King, author…

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DOD seeks future technology via development plan

Posted December 3, 2014 by Amaani Lyle

The Defense Department seeks technology and innovative ideas as part of its Long Range Research Development Plan within the Defense Innovation Initiative, a broad effort that examines future capabilities, dominance and strategy, a senior DOD official said Nov. 24. The newly-released LRRDP Request for Information will provide a way for DOD technology scouts to collaborate…

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General Dynamics awarded contract for Hydra-70 rocket program

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General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems has been awarded a competitive, five-year fixed firm price contract by the U.S. Army Contracting Command in Redstone Arsenal, Ala., for production of the 2.75-inch/70mm Hydra-70 air-to-ground rocket system for all military services. Composed of two main components, the MK66 rocket motor and various warheads, the Hydra-70 rocket can…

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News Briefs December 1, 2014

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Army lieutenant wants murder conviction overturned A lieutenant with the 82nd Airborne Division serving a 20-year prison sentence for the killings of two people in Afghanistan is asking for clemency from his commander. The Fayetteville [N.C.] Observer reports a lawyer for 1st Lt. Clint Lorance says the officer was just trying to zealously protect his…

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