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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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Army increases in-flight situational awareness for rapid response forces

Posted  May 2, 2014

With help from the Army's new in-flight internet and mission command capability, commanders of Global Response Force units will be able to plan missions in the air, while their soldiers receive operational updates and watch full-motion video of upcoming drop zones before their parachutes ever open.

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DRS Technologies to deliver communications, transmission services to U.S. Army

Posted  May 2, 2014

DRS Technologies, a Finmeccanica Company, announced that its Aviation, Communications and Homeland Security business group will be supporting U.S. Army battlefield operations around the world by providing satellite and terrestrial communications capabilities. DRS has been awarded access to an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract to provide communications and transmission systems as part of a five-year…

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NASA’s carbon-counting spacecraft arrives at launch site

Posted  May 2, 2014

A NASA spacecraft designed to make precise measurements of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere is at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., to begin final preparations for launch.

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Boeing delivers 75th 747 to Lufthansa

Posted  May 2, 2014

Boeing and Lufthansa celebrated the delivery of the German airline’s 75th 747 April 30. “Lufthansa is proud to share this milestone with Boeing,” said Nico Buchholz, executive vice president, Lufthansa Group Fleet Management. “The 747 is an amazing airplane and will continue to delight our passengers for many years to come, and provide them with…

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World War II internment camp survivors honored 70 years later

Posted  May 2, 2014

Nine U.S. Army Air Forces airmen who were interned at the Wauwillermoos Camp in Switzerland seven decades ago finally were honored with the Prisoner of War Medal, April 30.

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MQ-8B Fire Scout conducts test operations aboard littoral combat ship

Posted  May 2, 2014

An MQ-8B Fire Scout sits on the flight deck of USS Freedom (LCS 1) April 30 off the coast of San Diego, Calif.  Sailors from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 35 are conducting the first combined operations between the unmanned Fire Scout and the manned H-60 helicopter aboard the littoral combat ship over the next few weeks.

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Lockheed Martin marks significant milestone in research, development for unmanned technologies

Posted  May 2, 2014

Three systems acquired by Lockheed Martin have progressed from their research and development phase to operational readiness. The Indago vertical take-off and landing quad-rotor, accompanied by its handheld ground control station will offer a robust, mobile surveillance application. Additionally, a new Commercial Avionics Suite delivers the same performance and reliability that customers have enjoyed with…

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Boeing delivers second Peace Eagle aircraft to Turkey

Posted  May 2, 2014

Turkish Aerospace Industries photograph Boeing this week delivered, on schedule, the second Peace Eagle Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft to the Turkish Armed Forces, further improving the country’s self-defense capabilities. The AEW&C aircraft arrived at Konya Air Base, the fleet’s main operating base. The first Peace Eagle AEW&C aircraft was delivered Jan. 31, and…

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NASA selects partners for U.S. commercial lander capabilities

Posted  May 2, 2014

NASA announced April 30 the selection of three U.S. companies to negotiate no-funds exchanged partnership agreements with the agency to advance lander capabilities that will enable delivery of payloads to the surface of the moon, as well as new science and exploration missions of interest to NASA and scientific and academic communities. The selected companies…

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Headlines April 30, 2014

Posted  May 1, 2014

News: House panel rejects benefits cuts in 2015 defense budget – In the first official congressional action on the Pentagon’s proposed 2015 budget, House lawmakers have rejected proposed cuts in housing allowances and commissary funding, as well as an overhaul of the Tricare system that would increase out-of-pocket costs for some beneficiaries.  New U.S. stealth jet…

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