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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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NASA simulator successfully recreates space dust

Posted  May 7, 2014

Image courtesy of NASA/Ames/Farid Salama Scanning Electron Microscope image of a large (approximately 1.5 micrometer diameter) aggregate of nanograins produced in the Cosmic Simulation Chamber at NASA’s Ames Research Center, using a 95 percent Ar – 5 percent C2H2 gas mixture. The nanograins and aggregates are deposited onto ultra-high vacuum aluminum foil. A team of…

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New space research platform ready for flight test

Posted  May 7, 2014

The United States Rocket Academy announced the delivery of the first Lynx Cub Payload Carrier, a new research platform which promises to dramatically reduce the cost of access to space for small scientific and education payloads. The Lynx Cub Carrier will fly on the XCOR Lynx spacecraft, which is now under construction at the Mojave…

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U.S. military to assist in search for missing Nigerian girls

Posted  May 7, 2014

About 10 U.S. Africa Command military personnel will be part of a U.S. team assisting the Nigerian government in their efforts to find more than 250 schoolgirls kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said May 7. President Barack Obama directed the formation of an interagency coordination and assessment…

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First Iraqi F-16 completes first flight

Posted  May 7, 2014

  Lockheed Martin has successfully completed the first flight of the inaugural F-16 Fighting Falcon for the Iraq Air Force. The jet is the first of 36 F-16 Block 52 aircraft on order through the U.S. Department of Defense for Iraq. With more than 4,540 F-16s delivered to date, the Foreign Military Sale to Iraq…

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Marines deploy with first, unmanned RQ-21A Blackjack system

Posted  May 7, 2014

Marine Corps photograph U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kirk N. Humes, a maintainer with Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron (VMU) 2, catches a RQ-21A Blackjack at Atlantic Field, N.C., April 1. VMU-2 conducted an early capability flight to train Marines with the new system before deploying in late April. The Department of the Navyís new,…

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Ball Aerospace awarded Stalker contract to protect U.S. Navy ships

Posted  May 7, 2014

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has been awarded a $23.9 million dollar firm-fixed-price contract for the Stalker long-range electro-optical infrared laser sensor system under a contract to the NATO Seasparrow Project Office. The contract includes $10 million in options for additional work. The contract effort includes Stalker transition to production of the current Stalker developmental…

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Headlines May 5, 2014

Posted  May 5, 2014

News: DOD personnel costs could force program cuts – The first of several fiscal 2015 Pentagon spending bills began to come into focus last week, signaling something the defense sector has been lacking for years: Stability. But that could change dramatically in 2016.   Business: With lawsuits, mergers, U.S. space market primed for changes – A series…

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Northrop Grumman’s MQ-8C Fire Scout to undergo electromagnetic interference tests

Posted  May 5, 2014

In preparation for ship-board flights this spring, the Northrop Grumman-built MQ-8C Fire Scout will be tested for its ability to operate safely in the intense electromagnetic environment aboard U.S. Navy ships.

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News Briefs May 5, 2014

Posted  May 5, 2014

Japan split over revision to pacifist constitution Japan is marking the 67th anniversary of its postwar constitution with growing debate over whether to revise the war-renouncing charter in line with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push for an expanded role for the military. Abe’s ruling conservative party has long advocated constitutional changes but has been unable…

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Lockheed Martin receives $80 million contract for U.S., Indonesian Apache sensor systems

Posted  May 5, 2014

The U.S. Army awarded Lockheed Martin a $80.6 million production contract for the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) on the AH-64 Apache helicopter. This Lot 9 contract includes production of eight targeting and pilotage systems and spares for the U.S. Army and nine systems for the Indonesian Army. Indonesia is the…

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