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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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The DARPA Grand Challenge: Ten years later

Posted  March 14, 2014

DARPA photograph Oshkosh Defenseís TerraMax vehicle was an entrant in the 2004 Grand Challenge. Autonomous vehicle challenge led tnew technologies and invigorated the prize challenge model of promoting innovation At the break of dawn on March 13, 2004, 15 vehicles left a starting gate in the desert outside of Barstow, Calif., tmake history in the…

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Northrop Grumman begins integrating antennas for fourth Advanced EHF communications payload

Posted  March 14, 2014

Two downlink antennas that are the fastest of their kind to operate in space are being integrated into the protected communications payload built by Northrop Grumman for the fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite. The company delivered the Super High Frequency Array Unit (SAU), as the antennas are called, in early March to AEHF system…

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Lockheed Martin researchers achieve breakthrough in robotics for space exploration

Posted  March 14, 2014

In a breakthrough that will help make it possible for astronauts and robots to work together in deep space, researchers at the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center, working with NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station, have demonstrated coordinated control of robots in space by astronauts in space and operators on the ground. The breakthrough…

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Headlines – March 10, 2014

Posted  March 10, 2014

News: DOD budget: Expect big changes in five-year spending priorities – Just before Maj. Gen. Jim Martin, the U.S. Air Force budget director, walked into the Pentagon briefing room on March 4, an aide slipped him a note.  Boeing reports wing cracks on 787 Dreamliners in production – Boeing said March 7 that “hairline cracks” had been…

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News Briefs March 10, 2014

Posted  March 10, 2014

Pilot killed in fighter jet crash is identified The military pilot killed in a fighter jet crash during a training exercise in Nevada has been identified as Marine Capt. Reid Nannen. Marine Aircraft Group 12 released the 32-year-old pilot’s name March 8. Nannen died when the F/A-18C went down March 1 on a Navy range…

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Lockheed Martin receives $14 million contract for upgrades to Apacheís targeting, pilotage system

Posted  March 10, 2014

Lockheed Martin has received a $14 million contract in 2013 from the U.S. Army to design, integrate and qualify a High Reliability Turret for the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) on the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter. The High Reliability Turret is the interface between the M-TADS/PNVS and the Apache airframe. It…

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Northrop Grumman G/ATOR system receives authorization to enter low-rate initial production phase

Posted  March 10, 2014

On Jan. 24, the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research Development and Acquisition approved the AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar program for Low Rate Initial Production at a Department of Defense acquisition event known as Milestone C. Northrop is the G/ATOR system prime contractor. “G/ATOR has demonstrated operational capabilities that will fundamentally change how…

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NASA selects 10 proposals for unprecedented twin astronaut study

Posted  March 10, 2014

Only one set of twins has ever been into space, and now those twins are providing an unprecedented opportunity for scientists to understand better the effects of microgravity on the human body. NASA’s Human Research Program will fund 10 short-term, first-of-its-kind investigations into the molecular, physiological and psychological effects of spaceflight in a continuous effort…

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Air Force officials announce fiscal 2015 force structure changes

Posted  March 10, 2014

Air Force officials released force structure changes March 10 resulting from the fiscal year 2015 President’s Budget announced March 4. To ensure the service successfully transitions to a leaner force that remains ready, the Air Force plans to remove almost 500 aircraft across the inventories of all three components over the next five years. “The…

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Aerojet Rocketdyne completes critical design review on lithium ion battery orbital unit

Posted  March 10, 2014

Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp company, announced March 10 that it has completed the Critical Design Review for a Lithium Ion battery Orbital Replacement Unit, which will continue to give astronauts the power they need to conduct important research aboard the International Space Station. The Lithium Ion batteries, which will replace the aging Nickel Hydrogen (Ni-H2)…

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