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Army to launch cruise missile-detecting aerostat at Aberdeen Proving Ground

Sometime early next week, the Army expects to launch the first of two tethered aerostats from a ground base at White Marsh, Md., just north of Baltimore.

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AF delivers Iraqi F-16s for training in US

Air Force photograph by SrA. Jordan Castelan Iraqi air force captain Hama conducts preflight inspections while inside a new to service Iraqi F-16 Fighting Falcon Dec. 17, 2014, located at the nearby Tucson International Airport, Ariz. Hama was part of the first class of Iraqi students training with the 162nd Wing to further enhance interoperability…

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Derek VanHorn Defense

Short-notice: A new way to exercise

When 1st Lt. Matt Lavigne's phone rang late Dec. 10, he knew it was time to scramble into action.

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Japan, Australia to provide F-35 maintenance sites in Pacific region

Lockheed Martin photograph by Andy Wolfe An F-35C Lightning II joint strike fighter carrier variant prepares to launch from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz in the Pacific Ocean, Nov. 6, 2014. Japan and Australia will be sharing maintenance and upgrade duties for the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter based or operating in the Pacific…

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NASA’s Kepler reborn, makes first exoplanet find of new mission

Image courtesy of NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/T Pyle The artistic concept shows NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft operating in a new mission profile called K2. Using publicly available data, astronomers have confirmed K2’s first exoplanet discovery proving Kepler can still find planets. NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft makes a comeback with the discovery of the first exoplanet found using…


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Raytheon receives $156 million SM-3 contract

Posted  January 13, 2014

The Missile Defense Agency awarded Raytheon an undefinitized contract action (UCA) valued at $156 million for the procurement of Standard Missile-3 Block IB guided missiles. The SM-3 missile is designed to destroy incoming short-, medium-, and intermediate-range ballistic missile threats by colliding with them in space, a concept sometimes described as “hitting a bullet with…

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Fifth Lockheed Martin MUOS satellite completes assembly, enters system test

Posted  January 13, 2014

The fifth Lockheed Martin Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite for the U.S. Navy is entering its first system test faster than the previous build, now that integration is complete.

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C-130H, end of an era in Afghanistan

Posted  January 13, 2014

All good things don’t necessarily need to come to an end; sometimes they are just replaced by something even better. Such is the case with the venerable C-130H Hercules model aircraft here. The C-130 has been around since the Vietnam War, forming the backbone of the Air Force’s tactical airlift fleet. It is especially well-suited…

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Former Northrop CEO Thomas Jones dies at 93

Posted  January 13, 2014

Thomas V. Jones, who was Northrop’s chief executive officer for 30 years and took it to the top ranks of aerospace companies during the Cold War while weathering a series of scandals, has died. He was 93. Northrop – now known as Northrop Grumman – announced that Jones died Jan. 7. He died of pulmonary…

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Northrop Grumman’s Hunter UAS surpasses 100,000 combat flight hours

Posted  January 13, 2014

Northrop Grumman's Hunter Unmanned Aircraft System, in use with the U.S. Army since 1996, recently surpassed 100,000 combat flight hours in service.

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Headlines – January 10, 2014

Posted  January 10, 2014

News: Air Force crew members ‘made the ultimate sacrifice’ – The bodies of the four American air crew killed in a helicopter crash on the north Norfolk coast were removed from the wreckage today as their commander paid tribute to their ‘ultimate sacrifice.’ Captains Christopher S. Stover and Sean M. Ruane and TSgt. Dale E. Mathews…

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News Briefs January 10, 2014

Posted  January 10, 2014

Bombing kills 21 at Iraq army recruiting center Iraqi officials say the toll from a suicide bombing at a military recruiting center in Baghdad has risen to 21 killed and nearly three dozen wounded. The strike the morning of Jan. 9 likely was meant to send a message to the government and would-be army volunteers…

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Navy’s next-gen test equipment achieves Milestone C acquisition approval

Posted  January 10, 2014

Lockheed Martin photograph From left, Petty Officers Third Class Ira Schwartz and Devin Riley, both aviation electronics technicians, perform diagnostic tests on the Navyís Electronic Consolidated Automated Support System (eCASS) recently at defense contractor Lockheed Martinís Mission Systems and Training site in Orlando, Fla. The eCASS received its Milestone C acquisition approval Dec. 16, paving…

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Northrop Grumman, Trex Enterprises to introduce celestial navigation to soldier precision targeting laser Systems

Posted  January 10, 2014

Northrop Grumman has announced an agreement to collaborate with Trex Enterprises Corporation to bring celestial navigation technology to the precision targeting capability provided to the U.S. military and allied forces. Trex Enterprises has developed and matured the core technology for providing a highly accurate celestial navigation subsystem for use in military products and scientific applications….

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Navy to christen fourth Joint High Speed Vessel

Posted  January 10, 2014

The Navy will christen Joint High Speed Vessel Fall River Jan. 11, during a 10 a.m. CST ceremony in Mobile, Ala. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will deliver the ceremony’s principal address.   Diane Patrick, the first lady of Massachusetts, will serve as the ship’s sponsor. Upon delivery to the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift…

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