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Laser-based aircraft countermeasure provides ‘unlimited rounds’ against MANPADS

The Army expects later this year to reach a Milestone B decision with its laser-based common infrared countermeasures, or CIRCM, defense system program.

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E-9A Widget, one of a kind

The mission of the Air Force is like a highly complex machine. Each piece of the machine is vital to it operating successfully. The E-9A Widget is a very small, yet highly important piece to that machine.

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Orion parachute testing conducted at AEDC NFAC facility

Arnold Engineering Development Complex engineers at the National Full Scale Aerodynamics Complex assisted in recent testing of sub-scale parachutes for the next mission of the Orion spacecraft, Exploration Mission-1.

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Northrop Grumman delivers center/aft ‘shipset’ for first international EA-18G Growler

Northrop Grumman has completed and delivered to The Boeing Company a major subassembly of the first of 12 EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft ordered by the Royal Australian Air Force.

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Navy conducts production acceptance test of Tomahawk missile

The Navy's Tactical Tomahawk missile underwent a successful production acceptance test March 19 using functional ground test capability at Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division's Large Rocket Motor Test Facility in Indian Head, Md.


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Suitcase-sized capability keeps coalition network running during retrograde

Posted  April 4, 2014

As U.S. and coalition forces draw down in Afghanistan and take most of their communications infrastructure with them, a new capability the size of a suitcase will enable soldiers to connect to the coalition network from anywhere on the planet.

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Ukrainian officers join NATO drills in Bulgaria

Posted  April 4, 2014

NOVO SELO, Bulgaria – Lt. Col. Valeria Parada had a challenge. She and her team were responsible for rescuing people caught up in a dangerous situation around the Black Sea and making sure they received whatever humanitarian assistance they needed. To do that, she first had to learn how to coordinate among the air, navy…

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USAF TPS team proves how ‘a dummy’ can save money

Posted  April 4, 2014

In an Air Force setting that is locked on being financially-conscious and proactive under the current financial challenges, the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, at the request of the 418th Flight Test Squadron, is working with the squadron through the implementation of the school's Test Management Project to come up with a more cost-effective way of conducting dummy drop parachute testing for the Air Force.

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NASA satellite to continue gathering data up to planned lunar impact

Posted  April 4, 2014

NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer spacecraft is gradually lowering its orbital altitude to continue making science observations prior to its planned impact on the moon’s surface on or before April 21. Ground controllers at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., are maneuvering the spacecraft to fly approximately 1 to 2 miles…

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Danish airmen participate in Green Flag training

Posted  April 4, 2014

The Royal Danish air force participated in Green Flag-West 14-5 recently at Nellis AFB, Nevada.

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NASA selects new suborbital technology payloads, total tops 130

Posted  April 4, 2014

NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program has selected 13 space technology payloads for flights on commercial reusable launch vehicles, and a commercial parabolic aircraft. These flights provide cutting-edge technologies with a valuable platform to conduct tests, before they enter use in the harsh environment of space. This latest selection represents the eighth cycle of NASA’s Announcement of…

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Northrop Grumman flies first production smart node pod

Posted  April 4, 2014

Northrop Grumman has completed a series of flight tests demonstrating the first production Smart Node Pod for the U.S. Air Force. Smart Node Pod is an aircraft-mounted airborne communications system that allows real-time information to be exchanged among many disparate military and commercial radios and different datalinks, extends the network to the forward edge of…

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News Briefs April 2, 2014

Posted  April 2, 2014

Pentagon: No U.S. deaths in Afghanistan in March The Pentagon says there were no U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan in March – the first zero-fatality month there since January 2007. American casualties in Afghanistan have declined as the number of U.S. forces has grown smaller and their role has shifted away from combat. U.S. troops…

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SecAF addresses women in national security

Posted  April 2, 2014

U.S. Air Force photo by Scott M. Ash Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James speaks at the Stimson Center in commemoration of Women’s History Month March 28 in Washington, D.C. James spoke on the current status of women in the Air Force, the importance of women in national security and her personal experience….

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Recalling a record: X-43A Scramjet set new hypersonic record a decade ago

Posted  April 2, 2014

On March 27, 2004, NASA’s X-43A shattered existing speed records for aircraft with air-breathing engines when the scramjet-powered vehicle reached a speed of Mach 6.83 (4,900 mph) during a brief flight over the Pacific Ocean.

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