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Northrop, Navy celebrate legacy of EA-6B Prowler

The U.S. Navy's venerable EA-6B Prowler tactical jamming aircraft, designed and built by Northrop Grumman, has been a fixture at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., and in the nation's carrier-based strike forces since 1971.

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NORTHERN EDGE provides environment for testing new capabilities

With 18 experiments and initiatives undergoing field testing in Alaskan training ranges throughout Exercise Northern Edge 15, no other venue is as well suited for high-end operational testing.

Air Force photograph by Alex R. Lloyd Defense

Ogden ALC completes test flight after F-35B STOVL mods

The Ogden Air Logistics Complex in Utah completed an F-35B functional check flight here June 18, 2015, after the first depot-level modifications were completed on two F-35B STOVLs for the Marine Corps.

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Fourth Lockheed Martin-built MUOS secure comm satellite shipped

Delivered by the U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin, the fourth Mobile User Objective System satellite arrived at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, yesterday prior to its expected August launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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AFTC needs to be ‘agile, ready, right’

The Air Force Test Center added a page to its three-year history June 18 when Maj. Gen. David A. Harris stepped into the role of commander. Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski, commander of Air Force Materiel Command, presided as the center transitioned to a new leader for the very first time.


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Pumping it up: Airbags take weight in ACTE G-III loads tests

Posted  June 18, 2014

Technicians at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center’s Flight Loads Laboratory recently completed structural evaluations on a modified Gulfstream G-III aircraft that will serve as a test bed for the Adaptive Compliant Trailing Edge project.

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News Briefs June 18, 2014

Posted  June 18, 2014

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,185 As of June 17, 2014, at least 2,185 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,813 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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Northrop Grumman receives $238 million contract modification for LAIRCM missile defense system

Posted  June 18, 2014

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a $238 million modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract from the U.S. Air Force to provide hardware and support for the Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasure system. Critical to the safe return of troops abroad, LAIRCM automatically detects a missile launch, determines if it is a threat and activates a…

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Raytheon honors supplier excellence from around globe

Posted  June 18, 2014

Raytheon has recognized the exceptional performance of more than 180 supplier partners that support the company’s Integrated Defense Systems business unit. Honored at IDS’ annual Supplier Excellence Awards event, suppliers from around the globe were recognized with 3-, 4- and 5-Star awards, measured on quality standards, on-time delivery, process improvement initiatives, and success in meeting…

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Experimental HiMAT aircraft has new home at NASA Armstrong

Posted  June 18, 2014

NASA photograph The HiMAT subscale research aircraft, seen here during a research flight in December 1980, demonstrated advanced fighter technologies that have been used in the development of many modern high performance military aircraft. From mid-1979 to January 1983, two remotely piloted, experimental Highly Maneuverable Aircraft Technology) aircraft were flown at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research…

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Baseball, hot dogs and fighter jets

Posted  June 18, 2014

Star Wars Night was extra special for members of the F-35 Integrated Test Force from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., as they came to cheer for their squadron commander Lt. Col Andrew “Growler” Allen and Lockheed Martin Site Director Michael Glass, as the pair threw out the first two pitches of the evening at JetHawk Stadium.

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Northrop Grumman, U.S. Navy increase MQ-8B Fire Scout’s visual reach with modernized radar

Posted  June 18, 2014

Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy demonstrated a new multimode maritime surveillance radar on the MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter that will drastically enhance long-range imaging and search capabilities for Navy commanders. War fighters will now have the latest in radar technology to pair with their current electro-optical infrared payload. Integrating this new radar system…

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NASA ER-2 aircraft continues Earth ecosystem research

Posted  June 18, 2014

NASA photograph by Dean Neeley and Jeff Myers This color infrared composite image is made from three spectral bands of NASA’s MASTER instrument mounted on the agency’s high-altitude ER-2. The red areas depict green vegetation in Las Vegas on May 30. 2014. A study of Earth’s ecosystems and how they function is continuing in Southern…

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NASA announces award recipients for space station research flight opportunity

Posted  June 18, 2014

NASA has awarded $500,000 and payload flight opportunities for research and technology development onboard the International Space Station to academic institutions across the U.S. The awards are through NASA’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research. The academic research to be conducted by space station astronauts is in areas important to the agency’s missions. These include…

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NASA astronauts David Leestma, Andrew Thomas retire

Posted  June 18, 2014

NASA photographs NASA astronauts David Leestma and Andrew Thomas are retiring from the astronaut corps after a combined 66 years in federal service. NASA has bid farewell to two veteran astronauts who have retired after a combined 66 years of federal service. David Leestma has retired after more than 44 years of government service. A…

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