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Submarine launches undersea drone in a 1st for U.S. Navy

Posted July 22, 2015 by Michael Melia

In a first for the U.S. Navy, a submarine has launched and recovered an underwater drone used in a military operation. The attack submarine USS North Dakota returned to its base in Groton on Monday following a nearly two-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea specifically to test the drone-launching capability. ‚ÄúThis was something they thought…

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Hill activates their first F-35 fighter squadron

Posted July 22, 2015 by Mitch Shaw

The jets won't arrive for another few months, but Hill Air Force Base, Utah, activated its first F-35 Lightning II fighter squadron during a ceremony July 17.

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Raytheon, partners develop low-cost, high-tech airframe for U.S. Air Force decoy

Posted July 22, 2015 by

TUCSON, Ariz.–Raytheon, in partnership with Fokker and Dallara, has developed a lower-cost carbon fiber airframe for the U.S. Air Force’s Miniature Air Launched Decoy by applying robotics and formula racing technologies. The three companies reduced airframe production costs by 25 percent. The new innovative composite design will be included in this year’s Lot 7 production….

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Exercise Rapid Trident 2015 begins in Ukraine

Posted July 22, 2015 by

The "Warriors" of Exercise Rapid Trident 2015 began their multi-national exercise at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center with an opening ceremony here, July 20.

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GPS IIF-10 successfully launched from Cape Canaveral

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The Air Force and its mission partners successfully launched the tenth Boeing-built Global Positioning System IIF satellite aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V launch vehicle from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., at 11:36 a.m., EDT.

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Major savings occur as part of AEDC wind tunnel improvement program

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Replacing the test article control system and Data Acquisition System feedthrough assemblies used at the 16-foot transonic wind tunnel is saving Arnold Engineering Development Complex more than $1 million this year.

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AFRL, partner researchers use data science to improve aircraft manufacturing processes

Posted July 20, 2015 by Holly Jordan

The Air Force Research Laboratory, along with data science start-up Nutonian, Inc., have developed an advanced model that promises to improve the production and performance of metallic aircraft components. Since metals make up nearly three-fourths of turbine engine components and two-thirds of a typical airframe’s weight, their cost and performance have a significant effect on…

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Lockheed Martin-led team launches future USS Little Rock

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The Lockheed Martin-led industry team launched the nation's ninth littoral combat ship, Little Rock, into the Menominee River at the Marinette Marine Corporation, Marinette, Wisc., shipyard July 18.

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Top defense firms recognized for superior performance

Posted July 15, 2015 by

The Department of the Army July 14 announced its top performing industry partners for 2015. This is the second annual ranking released as part of the Department of Defense’s Superior Supplier Incentive Program, or SSIP. “We remain committed to providing the best equipment to our Soldiers at the best value for the taxpayer,” said Heidi…

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Innovative Army technology gains new potential

Posted July 13, 2015 by Ed Lopez Picatinny

The Picatinny area-protection systems track both the incoming threat and interceptor, then computes an ideal trajectory correction for the interceptor to maximize probability of mission success.   As drone technology gains greater public attention, along with its potential for hostile action against American targets, Army engineers adapt ongoing research to counter aerial systems that could…

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