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Smart-mortar will help Soldiers more effectively hit targets

The Army hopes the 120mm Guided Enhanced Fragmentation Mortar further improves soldiers' ability to put artillery on target.

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NASA’s WISE spacecraft discovers most luminous galaxy in universe

A remote galaxy shining with the light of more than 300 trillion suns has been discovered using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer.

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Sikorsky S-97 Raider helicopter achieves successful first flight

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a United Technologies Corp. subsidiary, announced May 22 the successful first flight of the S-97 Raider™ helicopter, a rigid coaxial rotor prototype designed to demonstrate a game-changing combination of maneuverability, hover ability, range, speed, endurance and survivability.

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Critical NASA research returns to Earth aboard U.S. SpaceX Dragon spacecraft

SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 12:42 p.m., EDT, May 21 with almost 3,100 pounds of NASA cargo from the International Space Station, including research on how spaceflight and microgravity affect the aging process and bone health.

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Soldiers participate during Flags In at Arlington Cemetery

After a long, unseasonably cold and wet day of conducting burial services, about 1,000 Old Guard soldiers made their way across the soggy hills and flats that make up Arlington National Cemetery, Va., to place miniature flags in front of each grave marker, May 21.


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New software assists with next generation of advanced aircraft

Posted  May 12, 2014

Courtesy graphic In the diagram, the first image is of a rotor fan surface geometry that was the result of the laser scan. The second image shows computational fluid dynamics mesh that was generated from the surface and then used to produce the CFD results. The third image shows a portion of the CFD flowfield…

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ATK secures 300 Win. Magnum ammunition contract

Posted  May 12, 2014

ATK has announced it was awarded a Fixed Price Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract from the U.S. Army for the production of Mk248 Mod 0, 190-grain and Mk248 Mod 1, 220-grain 300 Win. Magnum (Win Mag) rifle ammunition. The Army has selected this ammunition for primary use in its M2010 Sniper rifle. The five-year 300 Win…

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Headlines May 9, 2014

Posted  May 9, 2014

News: HASC OKs $600 billion in 2015 DOD spending, nixes A-10 retirement plans – The House Armed Services Committee early May 8 unanimously approved a measure that would authorize just over $600 billion in 2015 US defense spending and block plans to retire the A-10 attack plane. VA orders national care review as critics’ frustration grows -…

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News Briefs May 9, 2014

Posted  May 9, 2014

U.K. looks to allow women in frontline combat roles Britain’s defense minister says women should be allowed to serve in front-line army combat units. Defense Secretary Philip Hammond said May 8 the army should be open “to all who can meet the standards required.” He said tough fitness rules meant “some roles will have limited…

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Special Operations Command leads development of ‘Iron Man’ suit

Posted  May 9, 2014

The U.S. Special Operations Command is using unprecedented outreach and collaboration to develop something special with revolutionary capabilities.

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A first for the West Coast

Posted  May 9, 2014

  MARIETTA, Ga. May 8, 2014 – A U.S. Air Force crew ferried the first Travis Air Force Base, Calif.,  C-5M Super Galaxy today from the Lockheed Martin facilities in Marietta, Ga. Aircraft 87-0042 was flown by Lt. Gen. Brooks L. Bash, vice commander, Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., to the…

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Sikorsky wins $1.24 billion U.S. helicopter deal

Posted  May 9, 2014

Helicopter manufacturer Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced May 7 a $1.24 billion contract to build the next fleet of “Marine One” presidential helicopters, ending a years-long effort to return the high-profile aerospace project to Connecticut. Sikorsky, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., said the contract is to modify, test and deliver six S-92 helicopters and two…

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Aviators eager to witness birth of Future Vertical Lift aircraft

Posted  May 9, 2014

Pilots want to fly it, mechanics want to maintain it, but no one knows for sure what the Future Vertical Lift aircraft will look like or what its characteristics will be once it cracks its shell and hatches.

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House panel OKs $601 billion defense bill

Posted  May 9, 2014

The A-10 Warthog, military bases scattered around the country and the generous housing allowance for service members survived the budget knife early morning May 8 as a House panel rebuffed Pentagon pleas and approved a $601 billion defense bill that spares ships, planes and benefits. On a unanimous vote, the Armed Services Committee backed the…

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Raytheon’s JSOW scores direct hits in back-to-back flight tests

Posted  May 9, 2014

Raytheon and the U.S. Navy showcased the operational capability of the Joint Standoff Weapon in challenging back-to-back flight tests. Launched from F/A-18F Super Hornets, at approximately 25,000 feet, two JSOW II C air-to-ground weapons flew preplanned routes before destroying simulated cave targets. “These test shots further validate JSOW’s ability to deliver decisive battlefield effects against…

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