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Northrop Grumman’s SABR brings fifth generation fighter radar capabilities to F-16

Posted May 15, 2013 by

Northrop Grumman’s Scalable Agile Beam Radar designed for the F-16 fighter aircraft recently demonstrated its autonomous, all-environment precision targeting capability, which will enhance the aircraft’s mission capabilities. The capability, known as Auto Target Cueing, uses high-definition synthetic aperture radar images to locate and prioritize targets of interest and display them to the pilot. The active…

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Raytheon delivers electronic jamming capability for Gray Eagle UAS

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Raytheon has delivered two electronic attack payloads in support of the U.S. Army’s Networked Electronic Warfare, Remotely Operated system. The payloads were delivered as part of a contract awarded by the U.S. Navy NAVSEA-Crane in 2012. NERO is utilized on the Army’s MQ-1C Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft System as an airborne electronic attack system capable…

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Northrop Grumman proves concept for new B-2 satellite communication system

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Northrop Grumman has successfully completed a ground demonstration of a communication system that would allow the U.S. Air Force's B-2 stealth bomber to operate with the Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite network.

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Hagel issues memo directing preparations for civilian furloughs

Posted May 15, 2013 by

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced May 14 that he has signed a memorandum directing defense managers to prepare to furlough most Defense Department civilian employees for up to 11 days between July 8 and the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year. Here is the text of the memo in its entirety: This memo directs…

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Plane Crazy Saturday

Posted May 15, 2013 by

The May 18 Plane Crazy Saturday at the Mojave Air & Space Port will honor the U.S. military for Armed Forces Day. A special ceremony will be held at noon on the flightline, and veteran military aircraft and vehicles will be on hand for visitors to enjoy. Three U.S. military officers will present briefings: Lt….

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Naval Air Forces commander calls X-47B catapult launch a pivotal moment in Naval aviation

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The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator completed its first ever carrier-based catapult launch from USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) off the coast of Virginia May 14.

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Photograph courtesy Keenan Hochschild
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Intermediate Space Challenge rockets fly high at Mojave

Posted May 15, 2013 by Raphael Jaffe

The ninth annual Intermediate Space Challenge was held at the Mojave Air and Space Port May 13 with little wind and no clouds.

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United Kingdom military ‘unrealistic’ on cost risks

Posted May 15, 2013 by Cassandra Vinograd

Britain’s Ministry of Defence has taken an over-optimistic approach to its equipment budget, an influential committee of lawmakers warned May 14, expressing doubts that the department plagued by cost overruns and late delivery of projects has properly planned for potential pitfalls over the next decade. Britain’s military is shrinking from 102,000 troops to around 80,000…

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Space Station Expedition 35 astronauts land safely In Kazakhstan, Expedition 36 begins

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Three members of the International Space Station Expedition 35 crew undocked from the orbiting laboratory and returned safely to Earth May 13, wrapping up a mission lasting almost five months. The departure marks the beginning of Expedition 36. Space station Commander Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency, Soyuz Commander Roman Romanenko of the Russian…

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Mojave Air & Space Port improvements continue

Posted May 15, 2013 by Raphael Jaffe

Actions by the Mojave ASP board continue to be directed at improvements in its physical facilities, pre-planning for an FAA grant, and how to handle the Plane Crazy Saturday event. Plane Crazy Saturday is sponsored by the Mojave Transportation Museum and takes place each third Saturday of the month. Pilots are invited to fly in…

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