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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.

Air Force photograph by A1C Dustin Mullen Defense

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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MD unveils new MD 530G scout attack helicopter

Posted  February 26, 2014

Today, MD Helicopters Inc. released details Feb. 25 of its new MD 530G armed aerial scout helicopter. The MD 530G is the latest in a lineage that spans more than 50 years of scout attack evolution. The journey began in 1963 with the introduction of the legendary OH-6A by Hughes Aircraft Division. In 1985, the…

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Northrop Grumman’s modular space vehicle means better launch capabilities

Posted  February 26, 2014

Battlefield commanders have long wanted satellites that can be assembled quickly and launched rapidly to meet immediate needs. Now they have that capability with the plug-and-play Modular Space Vehicle delivered Feb. 25 by Northrop Grumman.

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Milestone Aviation Group to purchase eight additional S-92® helicopters from Sikorsky

Posted  February 26, 2014

Milestone Aviation Group, the global leader in helicopter leasing, and Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation announced Feb. 25 that Milestone has increased its S-92 order book by eight units. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. Milestone is already one of the world’s largest S-92 owners and with today’s announcement, it has increased its firm and…

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Boeing receives $2.4 billion contract for 16 P-8A Poseidon aircraft

Posted  February 26, 2014

Boeing’s P-8A Poseidon program will enter full production, following a $2.4 billion contract award from the U.S. Navy for 16 additional aircraft that will bolster maritime patrol capabilities. The order, which will take the total fleet to 53, marks a transition from preliminary low-rate production. Boeing has delivered 13 P-8As to the Navy, which deployed…

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Manas KC-135s complete final mission, leave Kyrgyzstan

Posted  February 26, 2014

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Travis Edwards As a KC-135 Stratotanker taxis, the members of the 376th Air Expeditionary Wing salute Feb. 24, 2014, at Transit Center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan. The KC-135 departed the after the final refueling mission over Afghanistan from the Transit Center. The Transit Center’s final aerial refueling mission over Afghanistan landed…

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NASA’s Kepler mission announces a planet bonanza, 715 new worlds

Posted  February 26, 2014

NASA’s Kepler mission announced Feb. 26 the discovery of 715 new planets. These newly-verified worlds orbit 305 stars, revealing multiple-planet systems much like our own solar system. Nearly 95 percent of these planets are smaller than Neptune, which is almost four times the size of Earth. This discovery marks a significant increase in the number…

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Student-built projects deliver imagination to Northrop Grumman engineering competition

Posted  February 26, 2014

Student teams from six Los Angeles-area high schools proved on Feb. 21 that amazing things can happen when imagination goes head to head with an engineering problem, a limited budget and not enough time.

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Headlines – February 24, 2014

Posted  February 24, 2014

News: Republicans: New Pentagon budget ‘sacrifices security on altar of entitlements’ – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Feb. 24 outlined a five-year Pentagon budget that would shrink Army forces to fewer than before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, while retiring older weapons, including the U-2 spy plane and the A-10 attack aircraft.  U.S. examines Afghanistan option…

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News Briefs February 24, 2014

Posted  February 24, 2014

Taliban says it suspends talks on held U.S. soldier Afghanistans Taliban said Feb. 23 they had suspended ìmediationî with the United States to exchange captive Sgt. Bowe Berdahl for five senior Taliban prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, halting ñ at least temporarily ñ what was considered the best chance yet of securing the 27-year-old soldiers…

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Raytheon awarded $123 million Phalanx contract from Republic of Korea

Posted  February 24, 2014

Raytheon has signed a $123 million contract to deliver nine Phalanx Block 1B Close-In Weapon Systems to the Republic of Korea Navy.

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