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Air Force increases projected KC-46 flying hours, crew ratio

Posted February 6, 2013 by MSgt. Jess D. Harvey

The Air Force has increased planned life-cycle flying hours and aircrews assigned to the new KC-46A refueling tanker to make optimal use of the commercially-proven aircraft’s fuel efficiency, cargo and aeromedical evacuation capabilities. Compared to the Eisenhower-era KC-135 Stratotanker, the KC-46 is projected to have improved fuel efficiency, a greater fuel capacity, and much more…

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Army leaders plan for uncertain future

Posted February 20, 2013 by David Vergun

More than 100 leaders from across the Army, the Department of Defense, academia and think tanks, met at Carlisle Barracks, Penn., last week at the “Winter Wargame Unified Quest 2013″ event to plan for the future of the Army – from about 2020 to 2030. “The duty of military planners is not necessarily to get…

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Northrop Grumman announces centers of excellence in Florida, California, New York

Posted March 6, 2013 by

Northrop Grumman announced March 4 it is designating five centers of design and integration excellence in support of its Aerospace Systems sector’s manned aircraft, unmanned systems and electronic attack businesses. In addition, the company announced plans to close an Information Systems sector facility in Dominguez Hills, Calif. “Consolidating these centers of excellence will improve our…

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Nellis pilot first reservist to fly F-35

Posted March 18, 2013 by Maj. Jessica Martin

Air Force photograph Maj. Joseph Scholtz, (right) 706th Fighter Squadron operational test pilot, salutes Col. Andrew Toth, 33rd Fighter Wing commander, upon completion of his first training sortie in the F-35 II Lightning here Oct. 30, 2012. Scholtz is a reservist assigned to Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., as the installation’s first qualified F-35 pilot….

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Program reaches milestone, improves air picture

Posted April 1, 2013 by Patty Welsh

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Jeremy Call, New York Air National Guard ROME, N.Y. – NORAD air defense operators conduct their daily air sovereignty mission at the Eastern Air Defense Sector last summer. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Hanscom recently fielded Increment 3, Release 3.2 of the Battle Control System-Fixed that is used…

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Air Force Reserve celebrates 65 years of historic service

Posted April 15, 2013 by Col. Bob Thompson

Courtesy photograph From 1950-1953, more than 147,000 reservists were mobilized to augment the active duty. Both the 452nd Bombardment Wing, Long Beach Municipal Airport, Calif., and the 437th Troop Carrier Wing, O’Hare International Airport, Ill., saw extensive combat service in Korea. President Harry S. Truman signed legislation on April 14, 1948, establishing the modern-day Air…

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AEDC supports SBIR commercialization readiness program project on pyrophoric fuel valve

Posted May 3, 2013 by Philip Lorenz III

Air Force photograph by David Housch AEDC engineers ran a series of tests on a Towed Airborne Plume Simulator at the U.S. Air Force’s Arnold Engineering Development Complexís Rocket Prep Area 4. A threat to commercial and military aircraft posed by surface-to-air and more recently, air-to-air missiles is being addressed by a collaborative effort between…

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Australia renews interest in MQ-4C Triton UAS

Posted May 17, 2013 by

The Australian Ministers for Defence and Defence Materiel announced May 15 that the government of Australia will enter into a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) planning case with the U.S. Navy for the MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System.

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Heftier unmanned ground vehicle offers more lifting, hauling strength

Posted June 5, 2013 by Robert Karlsen and Bob Van Enkenvoort

Photograph courtesy of iRobot The iRobot Warrior, using a tool on the end of its arm, is able to grab, lift and carry heavy items. The arm can lift up to 350 pounds and the Warrior can carry a payload of up to 150 pounds. A small car can’t pull a heavy trailer. Sports utility…

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F-35 is backbone of Air Force’s future fighter fleet, Welsh says

Posted June 21, 2013 by MSgt. Angelita ColÛn-Francia

The Air Force’s most advanced strike aircraft, the F-35 Lightning II, is a vital capability that the nation needs to stay ahead of adversary technological gains, the Air Force chief of staff told a Senate panel, June 19. Testifying before the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Defense, Gen. Mark A. Welsh III said air superiority…

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