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Improved Multiple Launch Rocket System tested at White Sands Missile Range

More than 100 artillery rockets were launched June 16 at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., or WSMR, to test an improved version of the M270A1 Multiple Launch Rocket System, or MLRS.

Air Force photograph by SrA. Christopher Callaway Defense

AF Special Operations Command receives first AC-130J

The first AC-130J Ghostrider landed at Hurlburt Field, Fla., July 29, making it Air Force Special Operations Command’s first AC-130J.

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Lockheed Martin successfully tests design changes for Orion

Lockheed Martin engineers have successfully completed testing of design changes made to the NASA Orion spacecraft’s fairing separation system. These changes resulted from data collected during Orion’s first test flight Dec. 5, 2014.

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CH-46 ‘Phrog’ makes its last hop

It’s the last hop for the CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter commonly known as the “Phrog.”

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Surface-to-surface missile test for LCS successful

Engineering development tests of modified Longbow Hellfire missiles for use on littoral combat ships were successfully conducted in June the Navy reported July 30.


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Air Force selects 6,684 for promotion to technical sergeant

Posted  June 27, 2014

More than 6,684 staff sergeants have been selected for promotion to technical sergeant, Air Force officials said June 26. The 6,684 selected represent 17.43 percent of the 38,344 eligible. To see the selection list, go to the Air Force Portal at https://my.af.mil and select the promotion link, or go to myPers at https://mypers.af.mil, select “search…

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Northrop Grumman offers newest cockpit technology for multiple platforms

Posted  June 27, 2014

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. – Northrop Grumman is incorporating the newest cockpit technology and open architecture design in both fixed- and rotary-wing platforms. The cornerstones of Northrop Grumman’s integrated, open system are mature and proven technology, as well as a partitioned software architecture that minimizes life cycle cost while enabling easy capability upgrades well into the…

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B-2 Spirits land at Nellis

Posted  June 27, 2014

Air Force photograph by A1C Thomas Spangler B-2 Spirit aircrew members from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., depart for their aircraft June 23, 2014, at Nellis AFB, Nev. Half of the pilots are active duty, and the other half are Air National Guard. These pilots are participating in total force integration which is designed to…

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NASA announces education research program award recipients

Posted  June 27, 2014

NASA is awarding $11.25 million to 15 colleges and universities across the United States to conduct basic research and technology development in areas including climate change, nanotechnology, astrophysics, aviation and other areas relevant to the agency’s missions. The awards, each valued at $750,000, are made through NASA’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). One…

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Boeing, Belavia Airlines announce order for three Next-Generation 737-800s

Posted  June 27, 2014

Boeing and Belarus flag carrier Belavia Airlines have reached an agreement on an order for three Next-Generation 737-800 airplanes. Valued at $272 million at current list prices, this is the first direct purchase of Boeing airplanes for Belavia.

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VA committed to veterans’ health, well-being, official says

Posted  June 27, 2014

The Department of Veterans Affairs acknowledges systemic issues of timeliness in providing veterans with health care and is committed to fixing unacceptable patient scheduling practices, a senior VA official told Congress June 23. Dr. Thomas Lynch, assistant deputy undersecretary for health for clinical operations, Veterans Health Administration, testified before the House Veterans Affairs Committee alongside…

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Headlines June 25, 2014

Posted  June 25, 2014

News: $50 billion price tag proves a stumbling block in VA bill – House and Senate negotiators met June 24 to try to hammer out a compromise bill to gain a handle on the reports of problems piling up at the VA, but they immediately began stumbling over the potential $50 billion-a-year price tag. Poor care…

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News Briefs June 25, 2014

Posted  June 25, 2014

Putin withdraws request to use force in Ukraine Russian President Vladimir Putin asked parliament June 24 to cancel a resolution sanctioning the use of military force in Ukraine, a move his Ukrainian counterpart heralded as a practical stepî toward bringing peace to a region roiled by a separatist insurgency. Putin’s announcement came after pro-Russia rebels…

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6th Boeing GPS IIF Completes On-Orbit Checkout

Posted  June 25, 2014

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. ñ With on-orbit checkout and validation of the sixth Global Positioning System IIF satellite, Boeing has reached the halfway mark in delivering the current series of satellites to the U.S. Air Force, which operates the GPS constellation. These satellites, the fourth generation of Boeing-built GPS space vehicles, are improving system accuracy, signal…

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U.S. Army places blimp-borne radar in strategic readiness

Posted  June 25, 2014

Should the U.S. or its allies need enhanced protection against cruise missiles, hostile airplanes, sea-borne threats or unmanned aircraft, military commanders will have a new system at their disposal. Raytheon has finished preparing a blimp-borne radar system previously used for testing, for use as a rapidly deployable strategic asset. JLENS is a powerful airborne radar…

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