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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.

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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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Headlines April 3, 2015

Posted  April 3, 2015

News Pentagon authorizes refueling help for Yemen campaign The Pentagon has agreed to provide aerial refueling support for Saudi and allied pilots attacking Houthi rebels in Yemen, an expansion of the U.S. military’s role in the conflict, a Defense Department official said April 2. Judge rules Navy underestimated threat to marine mammals from sonar A…

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News Briefs April 3, 2015

Posted  April 3, 2015

Defense contractor admits illegally exporting blueprints The former owner of two New Jersey defense contracting firms has admitted she conspired to send sensitive military blueprints to India. Forty-nine-year-old Hannah Robert of North Brunswick pleaded guilty in federal court April 1 to conspiracy to violate the Arms Export Control Act by sending to India technical drawings…

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Second Falcon 8X joins flight test campaign

Posted  April 3, 2015

The second aircraft has joined the Falcon 8X flight test campaign as the ultra long range trijet continues to pass key development milestones. Falcon 8X s/n 02 took to the skies from Dassault Aviation's Bordeaux-MĂ©rignac, France, facility

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Navy awards General Dynamics $33 million for nuclear submarine services

Posted  April 3, 2015

The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $32.6 million contract modification to perform nuclear-maintenance work for submarines homeported at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton, Conn. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. Under the contract, Electric Boat will continue to operate the Nuclear Regional Maintenance Department at the…

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Reaper deploys live weapons on maritime training target

Posted  April 3, 2015

An MQ-9 Reaper successfully hit a sea-going target with an AGM-114 Hellfire missile during a joint service training exercise over the Gulf of Mexico March 17. This was the first time a remotely piloted aircraft hit a maritime target. “It was the first time we had put live weapons into boats and participated in maritime…

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Pratt & Whitney’s engine achieves 16,000 hours of engine testing

Posted  April 3, 2015

Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower engine family has completed more than 16,000 hours and 31,000 cycles of full engine testing, including 3,500 hours of flight time. The data includes flight testing information from eight aircraft with PurePower Geared Turbofan™ engines. The PW1100G-JM engine is the only engine flying on the Airbus A320neo aircraft, with two aircraft…

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Raytheon awarded $700 million NORAD contract

Posted  April 3, 2015

Raytheon has been awarded a $700 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to support threat warnings and assessments for the North American Aerospace Defense Command Cheyenne Mountain Complex. Raytheon will provide sustainment services and products supporting the Integrated Tactical Warning/Attack Assessment and other systems covered by the contract. The program provides NORAD authorities with accurate, timely and unambiguous…

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Schaefer takes command of 412th Test Wing

Posted  April 3, 2015

Brig. Gen. Michael T. Brewer relinquished command of the 412th Test Wing, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., to Brig. Gen. Carl Schaefer March 31.

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Contract ensures continuous improvement to Patriot air, missile defense system

Posted  April 3, 2015

The U.S Army awarded a $212 million contract to Raytheon to continue improvements to the combat-proven Patriot Air and Missile Defense System. The improvements, which will enhance Patriot’s capability and readiness, are funded by the U.S. and the 12 other Patriot partner nations through a shared engineering services agreement. “The U.S. and other Patriot partner…

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NASA creates partnership to advance composite materials for aircraft of future

Posted  April 3, 2015

NASA has established a public-private partnership with five organizations to advance knowledge about composite materials that could improve the performance of future aircraft. Composites are innovative new materials for building aircraft that can enhance strength while remaining lightweight. The agency selected the National Institute of Aerospace in Hampton, Va., to manage administration of the Advanced…

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