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Kunsan AB hosts Exercise Max Thunder 14-2

Air Force photograph by SrA. Divine Cox A South Korean air force F-15 Strike Eagle lands Nov. 17, 2014, during Max Thunder 14-2 at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea. U.S. Air Force, Army, Marine Corps and Navy personnel and aircraft are training alongside South Korean air forces in the semi-annual, bilateral training event, which is…

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Lockheed Martin opens Surface Navy Innovation Center

Lockheed Martin has opened the Surface Navy Innovation Center in Moorestown, N.J., to support the development of new technologies for the U.S. Navy. The SNIC is a research, development and demonstration facility that brings together industry, government and academia to design the next generation of capabilities the surface fleet needs to combat evolving threats around…

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Raytheon successfully demonstrates integrated electronic warfare capabilities

Raytheon, in collaboration with the U.S. Navy, successfully demonstrated an end to end, first of its kind, integrated electronic attack system during flight tests at the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake in October.

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K-MAX Helicopter, Indago Quad Rotor demonstrate firefighting capability

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=53cBlCfLpZg A team of Lockheed Martin and Kaman unmanned aircraft successfully demonstrated its ability to aid in firefighting operations. During the demonstration, the Indago quad rotor effectively identified hot spots, and provided data to an operator who directed the unmanned K-MAX helicopter to autonomously extinguish the flames. In one hour, the unmanned K-MAX helicopter lifted…

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Arc-heated facilities at AEDC offer unique test capabilities for hypersonic programs

Air Force photograph This photo shows the arc heater H3 being test fired prior to the installation of a model injection system. The AEDC High Temperature Materials Characterization and Evaluation is unique in capability and is supporting test and evaluation for current and future hypersonic programs. Testing materials, such as those for thermal protection systems,…


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SM-3, SM-2s take on ballistic, cruise missile targets during simulated missile ‘raid’ attack exercise

Posted  November 10, 2014

In partnership with the Missile Defense Agency, a U.S. Navy destroyer successfully engaged ballistic and cruise missile targets†simultaneously with a†Raytheon-made Standard Missile-3 and Standard Missile-2s in a complex integrated air and missile defense exercise. “This test showcases the U.S.’s ability to defend against numerous ballistic and cruise missile threats in ‘raid’ scenarios,” said Dr. Taylor…

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Headlines November 7, 2014

Posted  November 7, 2014

News: More than 600 reported chemical exposure in Iraq, Pentagon acknowledges – More than 600 American service members since 2003 have reported to military medical staff members that they believe they were exposed to chemical warfare agents in Iraq, but the Pentagon failed to recognize the scope of the reported cases or offer adequate tracking and…

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News Briefs November 7, 2014

Posted  November 7, 2014

Military Sealift Command consolidates headquarters The Navy has been given the green light to begin consolidating its transportation arm’s headquarters. The Navy said Nov. 6 it will move hundreds of Military Sealift Command staff from the Washington Navy Yard to Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia. The command’s headquarters has been split between the two locations…

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NASA rocket experiment finds universe brighter than we thought

Posted  November 7, 2014

A NASA sounding rocket experiment has detected a surprising surplus of infrared light in the dark space between galaxies, a diffuse cosmic glow as bright as all known galaxies combined. The glow is thought to be from orphaned stars flung out of galaxies.

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Autonomy-enabled technology provides pathway to future

Posted  November 7, 2014

Army photograph A convoy of Army trucks gets a test at Fort Hood, Texas. Testers were sometimes in the driver seats, but the vehicles operated autonomously. Army engineers from the Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center in Warren, Mich., are developing technology solutions for autonomy-enabled systems. TARDEC and an industry partner, Lockheed Martin, demonstrated…

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Raytheon acquires special operations, cybersecurity firm Blackbird Technologies

Posted  November 7, 2014

Raytheon announced Nov. 5 that it has acquired Blackbird Technologies, a leading provider of persistent surveillance, secure tactical communications and cybersecurity solutions to the Intelligence Community and special operations market. The purchase price is approximately $420 million, subject to post-closing adjustments. The transaction will not materially impact Raytheon sales or earnings per share for the…

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AF engineers log record-breaking accelerated engine test

Posted  November 7, 2014

A highly successful accelerated mission test of Pratt & Whitney's F135 conventional take-off and landing/carrier variant engine was recently completed in the Sea Level 3 test cell at the Arnold Engineering Development Center, Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn.

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Boeing completes testing on new anti-jamming technology

Posted  November 7, 2014

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Boeing has proven its new anti-jamming communications technology is capable of operating as either a ground-based user terminal or satellite-based networking hub, enabling the military to send and receive secure communications at a significantly lower cost by using existing terminals and satellites. The anti-jam technology uses a protected tactical waveform, which…

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One of largest infrared telescopes to help track orbital debris

Posted  November 7, 2014

UKIRT photograph Lockheed Martin teamed up with NASA and the universities of Arizona and Hawaiíi to use one of the Worldís largest infrared telescopes to study near-earth space debris and asteroids. The United Kingdom Infrared Telescope (UKIRT), pictured here, is the largest IR telescope in the Northern Hemisphere and is located atop Maunakea, Hawaii. Lockheed…

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Raytheon begins flight testing DARPA’s Persistent Close Air Support program

Posted  November 7, 2014

Raytheon has begun flight testing DARPA’s Persistent Close Air Support program. PCAS Phase 3 is an 18-month, $25.5 million effort scheduled to culminate in live-fire demonstrations. The program is designed to speed close air support to soldiers on the battlefield. “PCAS will help reduce close air support response times from as long as one hour…

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