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Northrop Grumman delivers additional MQ-8C Fire Scout to U.S. Navy

Posted November 27, 2013 by

Northrop Grumman has delivered the second MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter to the U.S. Navy after completing final assembly at the company’s unmanned systems center in Moss Point, Miss. The aircraft is joining the first one delivered to Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, Calif., to conduct flight testing before using the system for operational…

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Unmanned aircraft maintenance partnership to increase production

Posted November 27, 2013 by Micah Garbarino

The Air Force Sustainment Center, or AFSC, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., and General Atomics reached a partnership agreement Nov. 9, for the maintenance of unmanned aircraft systems, or UAS, including the Predator/Reaper and the Army’s version, the “Gray Eagle.” The an enterprise-level, public-private agreement, signed by Lt. Gen. Bruce Litchfield, †the AFSC commander,…

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Boeing delivers C-17 cargo compartment trainer to Royal Australian Air Force

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Boeing has delivered a full-scale C-17 Globemaster III Cargo Compartment Trainer to the Royal Australian Air Force, ensuring that RAAF loadmaster training can be cost-effectively completed in Australia instead of in the United States. The CCT is a fully functional replica of a C-17 fuselage in a dedicated facility at RAAF Base Amberley. It can…

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News Briefs November 25, 2013

Posted November 25, 2013 by

Clock ticks on authority for Guantanamo detention The fate of 164 suspected terrorists who have lived for years in legal limbo at Guantanamo Bay may hinge on a law that could expire if U.S. troops withdraw from Afghanistan in 2014. President Barack Obama has long promised to close the detention camp at a U.S. Navy…

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Northrop Grumman to supply AN/TPS-78 air defense radar systems to Royal Thai Air Force

Posted November 25, 2013 by

Northrop Grumman has been selected by the Royal Thai Air Force to supply additional AN/TPS-78 air defense and surveillance radar systems. Under the terms of the contract, Northrop Grumman will begin supplying equipment to the Royal Thai Air Force in 2015. The company will also provide training, spares and logistics support. “With this award, we…

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NASA delivers precipitation satellite to Japan for 2014 launch

Posted November 25, 2013 by

JAXA photograph A U.S. Air Force C-5 transport aircraft carrying the Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory landed at Kitakyushu Airport in Japan at approximately 10:30 p.m., EST, Nov. 23. An international satellite that will set a new standard for global precipitation measurements from space has completed a 7,300-mile journey from the United States to Japan,…

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Unmanned aerial vehicles industry takes off in Alaska

Posted November 25, 2013 by Elwood Brehmer

The venerable Piper Super Cub isn’t being squeezed out, but the face of aviation in Alaska is changing. Once strictly a military tool, unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, are now being used in civilian government work and the private sector. Fairweather LLC announced the formation of research subsidiary Tulugaq LLC Sept. 30. A joint venture…

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Hagel visits first Zumwalt-class destroyer

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BATH, Maine – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the not-yet-launched Zumwalt-class destroyer he toured Nov. 21 “represents the cutting edge of our naval capabilities.” The ship, now known as the Pre-Commissioning Unit, or PCU, Zumwalt, will become the USS Zumwalt, named for former Navy Adm. Elmo Zumwalt. Officials said the ship is about a year…

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Boeing tests validate performance of FAB-T satellite communications program

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HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. ñ Boeingís Family of Advanced Beyond Line-of-Sight Terminals development program has completed the functional qualification testing phase for the protected wideband satellite communications system. FAB-T will be used in the command and control of U.S. nuclear forces. Boeingís tests verified operational capabilities required for the ground and airborne terminal types specified in…

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News Briefs November 22, 2013

Posted November 22, 2013 by

EU president says no military solution in Syria EU President Herman Van Rumpoy says there is no military solution to the ongoing conflict in Syria. Van Rumpoy spoke Nov. 21 following an EU-China summit in Beijing at which Syria and other international issues were discussed. He said that China, a U.N. Security Council member, has…

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