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U.S. Navy, Lockheed Martin ready to launch MUOS-4 Aug. 31

The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin are ready to launch the fourth Mobile User Objective System secure communications satellite, MUOS-4, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Aug. 31 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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Arming the RPAs

Airmen from the 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron provide every munition that is loaded onto an MQ-1B Predator or MQ-9 Reaper at Kandahar Airfield; without them, the RPAs wouldn’t be able to provide combat airpower in Afghanistan.

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Local efforts help keep Dragon Lady flying at 60

In 1955, Disneyland opened its doors for the first time, Elvis made his first TV appearance, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger, and the Vietnam War began with fighting between the South and North Vietnam Armies.

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U.S. Navy awards production contract for additional P-8A aircraft, first RAAF planes

The U.S. Navy awarded a nearly $1.5 billion contract Aug. 27 to Boeing Defense, Space & Security for the procurement of 13 Full-Rate Production Lot 2 P-8A Poseidon aircraft.

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A-4 Skyhawks support F-35 operational testing

Courtesy photograph by Frank Crebas Pictured from top down is an F-35 Lightning II, an F-16 Fighting Falcon and an A-4 Skyhawk. In support of an operational test exercise for their F-35s, the Royal Netherlands Air Force contingent at Edwards brought in six A-4s from Draken International, six F-16s from the 162nd Fighter Wing, Arizona…


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Lockheed Martin launches LV-2 target for ground-based midcourse defense test

Posted  June 23, 2014

Lockheed Martin successfully flew an LV-2 intermediate-range ballistic missile target June 22 for a test of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system conducted by the U.S. Missile Defense Agency. Lockheed Martin launched the unarmed missile target from a ground platform at the Reagan Test Site, Kwajalein Atoll, in the Marshall Islands. Preliminary analysis shows that the…

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Raytheon kill vehicle destroys complex, long-range ballistic missile target in space

Posted  June 23, 2014

— During a Missile Defense Agency test of Boeing’s Ground-based Midcourse Defense system, Raytheon’s Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle destroyed a complex, long-range ballistic missile target in space. It was the ninth intercept for the GMD program, which is designed to protect the U.S. against long-range ballistic missile attack by destroying incoming threats outside of the Earth’s atmosphere….

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Northrop Grumman directs target engagement in successful missile defense intercept test

Posted  June 23, 2014

— Northrop Grumman’s advanced battle management and launch control capabilities successfully performed in the June 22 intercept test of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system. Northrop Grumman is a strategic partner of Boeing for the GMD program that provides the nation’s only defense against long-range ballistic missiles. “Our systems serve a pivotal role in effectively delivering…

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Missile test important step for missile defense system

Posted  June 23, 2014

Missile Defense Agency photograph The Missile Defense Agency’s Flight Test 06b Ground-Based Interceptor launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., June 22, 2014. The Missile Defense Agency and its joint partners completed the first intercept using the second-generation exoatmospheric kill vehicle, or EKV, during a test over the Pacific Ocean June 22. All components seemed…

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AF builds partnership with Baltic states

Posted  June 23, 2014

U.S. Airmen from the 435th Contingency Response Group arrived at Lielvarde Air Base, Latvia, June 16, to participate in the Air Force-specific portion of Saber Strike 2014.

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Delivery of General Dynamics/Rockwell Collins-built AN/PRC-155 manpack radios support U.S. Army fielding requirements

Posted  June 23, 2014

The first two-channel AN/PRC-155 Manpack radios ordered by the U.S. Army and built by General Dynamics C4 Systems (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and Rockwell Collins (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) are being delivered to the U.S. Army. The order, placed in January for 1,500 additional PRC-155 Manpack radios, is part of a Low-Rate Initial Production (LRIP) contract supporting the…

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NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover marks first Martian year with mission successes

Posted  June 23, 2014

NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover will complete a Martian year - 687 Earth days - on June 24, having accomplished the mission's main goal of determining whether Mars once offered environmental conditions favorable for microbial life.

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Airmen wrap up African partnership program

Posted  June 23, 2014

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Ryan Crane CMSgt. Bill Wunderlin 130th Rescue Wing loadmaster, demonstrates how to hook up a winch during the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa lead African Partnership Flight in Dakar, Senegal, June 19, 2014. USAFE-AFAFRICA Airmen are in Senegal for APF, a program designed to improve communication…

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College students study Earth from NASA’s DC-8 flying lab

Posted  June 23, 2014

Thirty-two undergraduate students from a like number of colleges and universities are participating in an eight-week NASA Airborne Science Program field experience designed to immerse them in the agency's Earth Science research.

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Boeing signs rotorcraftmMaintenance agreements with Royal Netherlands Air Force, Fokker

Posted  June 23, 2014

GILZE-RIJEN AIR BASE, Netherlands ñ Boeing has signed separate agreements with the Royal Netherlands Air Force and Fokker Technologies to explore advanced maintenance opportunities for Dutch rotorcraft and expand efforts to make the Netherlands a regional hub for military and civilian aircraft support services. Boeing and the RNLAF signed a strategic partnership agreement that builds…

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