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Headlines April 25, 2014

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News: Russia plans new military exercise near border with Ukraine – Russian military officials said they plan to engage in a new series of military exercises near the Ukraine border in response to ongoing NATO training exercises in Poland.   Business: Zumwalt class costs have risen $2 billion in last five years – The cost of the…

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News Briefs April 25, 2014

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Germany puts military exports to Russia on hold The German government says it isn’t authorizing any exports of military goods to Russia at present “because of the current political situation,” leaving nearly 70 export applications on hold. The Economy Ministry replied to questions from the opposition Greens that “in critical cases” the government will also…

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F-16s train alongside F-35s

Posted April 25, 2014 by SSgt. Christina Judd

F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots from Hill Air Force Base's 419th and 388th Fighter Wings took to the sky at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., April 24 for their first training missions alongside the F-35A Lightning II, the Air Force's newest fighter aircraft.

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Business

Boeing receives first multi-year contract for rescue radio logistics support

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HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – Under a new four-year contract from the U.S. Air Force, Boeing will provide maintenance, engineering, training and support for the system that enables the rescue of downed pilots and other warfighters in danger. The Combat Survivor Evader Locator program’s first multi-year logistics contract is valued at $32.5 million in total. A…

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Astronomical forensics uncover planetary disks in NASA’s Hubble archive

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Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have applied a new image processing technique to obtain near-infrared scattered light photos of five disks observed around young stars in the Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes database. These disks are telltale evidence for newly formed planets.

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Business

Lockheed Martin to develop weapons grade fiber laser for U.S. Army field test

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— The U.S. Army has awarded Lockheed Martin a $25 million contract to design, build and test a 60-kilowatt electric laser to be integrated and tested in a truck-mounted weapon system demonstrator. The laser weapon is designed to significantly improve the warfighters’ ability to counter rockets, artillery, mortars and unmanned aerial threats. Under a contract managed…

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173rd conducts unscheduled training with Latvian Army

Posted April 25, 2014 by Jesse Granger

Approximately 150 soldiers from the 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) in Vicenza, Italy, arrived in Latvia April 24, to conduct small unit and leader training with members of the Latvian Army.

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Engine test facility upgrade improves exhaust handling efficiency

Posted April 25, 2014 by Raquel March

Military and commercial aircraft engine developers rely on simulated altitude testing conducted at Arnold Engineering Development Complex’s, or AEDC, engine test facility, or ETF for their research and development of engine capabilities. The condition of the test facility determines the quality of the test and there is an ongoing upgrade project for two of the intercoolers…

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High school students create winning design for NASA’s first flight of Orion

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After a year-long competition among high school teams across the country, evaluators from NASA, Lockheed Martin and the National Institute of Aerospace have selected Team ARES, from the Governor’s School for Science and Technology in Hampton, Va., as the winner of the high school portion of the Exploration Design Challenge.

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Northrop Grumman completes PDR for B-2 bomber software upgrade

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Northrop Grumman has successfully completed a major U.S. Air Force review of a new software upgrade for the B-2 stealth bomber. The upgrade is part of the Air Force’s Flexible Strike Phase 1 program. It is the first step in a process that will help increase the jet’s mission capabilities and reduce its maintenance costs….

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