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Composites key to tougher, lighter armaments

The Army is on the cusp of revolutionizing materials that go into armament construction, making for stronger, lighter and more durable weapons, Dr. Andrew Littlefield said.

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AAR awarded new contract from Bell Helicopter Textron to support T64 engines

AAR announced April 22 that Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. awarded its Defense Systems & Logistics business unit a contract providing warehouse and logistics services in support of upgrading T64 engines for the Bell V-280 Valor technical demonstrator aircraft.

Air Force photograph by A1C Stephen G. Eigel Defense

Last MC-130P Combat Shadows in the Pacific retire

The 17th Special Operations Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan, sent off the final two MC-130P Combat Shadows in the Pacific Air Forces to retire on April 15.

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F-22 test squadron recognizes decorated squadron member, Vietnam hero

Base leaders will always attest to the fact that people are what make Edwards AFB a unique place to work.

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NASA unveils celestial fireworks as official image for Hubble 25th Anniversary

The brilliant tapestry of young stars flaring to life resemble a glittering fireworks display in the 25th anniversary NASA Hubble Space Telescope image, released to commemorate a quarter century of exploring the solar system and beyond since its launch April 24, 1990.


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Raytheon completes Mississippi factory expansion

Posted  April 8, 2015

Raytheon completed a 20,000-square foot addition to its factory in Forest, Miss., already one of the biggest in the state. The extra room will allow the company to support anticipated growth in airborne radar and electronic warfare systems. “Raytheon has been part of this community’s fiber for more than three decades,” Fred Darlington, a vice…

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Gen 3 HEL completes beam quality evaluation

Posted  April 8, 2015

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced April 8 that an independent measurement team contracted by the U.S. Government has completed beam quality and power measurements of GA-ASIís Gen 3 High Energy Laser System using the Joint Technology Office Government Diagnostic System. GAASI is a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft systems, radars, and electro-optic and…

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Headlines April 6, 2015

Posted  April 6, 2015

News: The Pentagon’s $10-billion bet gone bad – Trying to fashion a shield against a sneak missile attack, military planners gambled on costly projects that flopped, leaving a hole in U.S. homeland defense.   Business: U.S. says would back India buying U.S. aircraft carrier technology – The U.S. government would support selling General Atomics’ electromagnetic launching system…

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News Briefs April 6, 2015

Posted  April 6, 2015

Korean War soldier’s remains to be returned to Richmond The remains of a soldier who had been missing since the Korean War are being returned to Richmond, Va. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the remains of Army Cpl. Lindsey C. Lockett are scheduled to be flown to Richmond April 9. The Department of Defense POW/MIA…

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Army photograph by Capt. Jesse Paulsboe
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Army accepts 100th Apache ‘Echo’ model

Posted  April 6, 2015

Army photograph by Capt. Jesse Paulsboe Soldiers, from the 1-229th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., became the first in the Army to field the latest version of the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter, Feb. 21, 2013. In late March, the Army accepted delivery of the 100th AH-64E Apache helicopter. The “Echo” model is…

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UTC to provide submarine acoustic windows

Posted  April 6, 2015

UTC Aerospace Systems has reached an agreement with the U.S. Naval Undersea Warfare Center to provide high frequency acoustic windows for submarines. The five-year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract covers deliveries through 2020 to the U.S. Navy. Work will be performed by the Engineered Polymer Products team in Jacksonville, Fla., which is part of UTC…

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Missile testing unit validates strategic deterrent

Posted  April 6, 2015

The 576th Flight Test Squadron, which conducts Minuteman III launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., holds the unique distinction as the sole intercontinental ballistic missile test unit in the Department of Defense.

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NASA extends Lockheed Martin contract to prepare ISS critical cargo

Posted  April 6, 2015

Lockheed Martin will plan, process and pack a steady supply of cargo for the International Space Station—ranging from science hardware to food and the crew’s personal items—under an extension of NASA’s Cargo Mission Contract. Currently, Lockheed Martin maintains more than three million items destined for the station. The team exports and ships about 25,000 pounds…

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Polar Growl strengthens allied interoperability, bomber navigation skills

Posted  April 6, 2015

Two pairs of B-52 Stratofortresses completed simultaneous, round-trip sorties from their U.S. bases of Minot Air Force Base, N.D., and Barksdale Air Force Base, La., to the Arctic and North Sea regions, respectively, April 3.

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Image courtesy of NASA/JHU APL/SwRI/Steve Gribben
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NASA extends campaign for public to name features on Pluto

Posted  April 6, 2015

The public has until April 24 to help name new features on Pluto and its orbiting satellites as they are discovered by NASA’s New Horizons mission.

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