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Triton has first cross-country flight from Palmdale

Northrop Grumman photograph The MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System takes off from Northrop Grummanís Palmdale, Calif., facility Sept. 17 for its first cross-country flight to Naval Air Station Patuxent, River, Md. PALMDALE, Calif. – The Northrop Grumman-built Unmanned MQ-4C Triton (SDD-1) left its desert testing grounds Sept. 17 and flew to Naval Air Station Patuxent…

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Future of NATO: Adapting to a new security environment

NATO’s supreme allied commander introduced new initiatives geared toward re-embracing its mission of collective defense.

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AFRL commander describes Air Force’s technology vision

Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash Maj. Gen. Thomas Masiello takes a question from an audience member after discussing Air Force Research Laboratory breakthrough technologies during the 2014 Air Force Association’s Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition, Sept. 16, 2014, in Washington D.C. Masiello is the commander of Air Force Research Laboratory. The…

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Lockheed Martin successfully mates NOAA GOES-R satellite modules

Lockheed Martin photograph Lockheed Martin successfully mated together the large system and propulsion modules of the first GOES-R series weather satellite at the companyís Space Systems facilities near Denver, Colo. A team of technicians and engineers at Lockheed Martin has successfully mated together the large system and propulsion modules of the first GOES-R series weather…

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NASA Mars spacecraft ready for Sept. 21 orbit insertion

NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft is nearing its scheduled Sept. 21 insertion into Martian orbit after completing a 10-month interplanetary journey of 442 million miles.


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News Briefs September 11, 2013

Posted  September 11, 2013

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,134 As of Sept. 10, 2013, at least 2,134 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,771 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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Raytheon’s SM-3, AN/TPY-2 successful in operational ballistic missile defense test

Posted  September 11, 2013

Raytheon’s Standard Missile-3 Block IA guided missile and AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile defense radar played integral roles in the success of Flight Test Operational-01, the Missile Defense Agency’s operational test of the U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense System. During the test, a SM-3 Block IA guided missile fired from the USS Decatur (DDG 73) intercepted a medium-range…

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StandardAero signs support center agreement with RainAir

Posted  September 11, 2013

StandardAero has signed a three year Support Center Agreement with RainAir Aircraft Services for engine maintenance, repair and overhaul on the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A engine. Under the terms of the contract, StandardAero will serve as the exclusive engine service provider to RainAir. Todays Support Center Agreement is our first with RainAir, said Rob…

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KC-46 tanker ‘on cost, on schedule,’ acting SecAF says

Posted  September 11, 2013

The Air Force’s KC-46 air refueling tanker project is “on cost and on schedule,” Acting Air Force Secretary Eric Fanning said here Sept. 9. In an interview with American Forces Press Service, Fanning said the program “is in a real healthy place.” The Air Force will buy 179 of the aircraft to replace the venerable…

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Lockheed Martin adds integrated missile defense command, control option to Dragon family of ISR configurations

Posted  September 11, 2013

Ever increasing threats and the need to have constant situational awareness of one’s surroundings prompted Lockheed Martin to add an integrated air & missile defense option to its Dragon series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance configurations. Lockheed Martin’s Dragon ISR configurations offer a unique approach for customers to tailor their mission requirements to meet their…

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Thales, Inmarsat sign memorandum of agreement for connectivity

Posted  September 11, 2013

Thales, leader in In-flight Entertainment and Connectivity and Inmarsat, global provider of mobile satellite services, have today signed a Memorandum of Agreement to add Thales as a partner in marketing Inmarsat’s connectivity solutions to the commercial aviation market. Inmarsat Aviation provides the ultimate in connectivity for a consistent global experience for the whole aircraft, from…

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Successful missile defense test against multiple targets

Posted  September 11, 2013

The Missile Defense Agency, Ballistic Missile Defense System Operational Test Agency, Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense, and U.S. Pacific Command, in conjunction with U.S. Army soldiers from the Alpha Battery, 2nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, U.S. Navy sailors aboard guided missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG-73), and U.S. Air Force airmen from the…

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Navy autonomous aerial refueling tests underway

Posted  September 11, 2013

The Navy continues to demonstrate multiple technologies that promise to significantly increase the endurance and range of carrier-based unmanned aircraft.

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General Dynamics awarded $118 million for Stryker double-V hull vehicles

Posted  September 11, 2013

General Dynamics Land Systems has been awarded a $118 million contract by the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command to convert 66 flat-bottom Stryker infantry combat vehicles to a newer, more survivable double-V hull design. Deliveries of the vehicles will begin in July 2014 and be completed by February 2015. General Dynamics Land Systems…

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Acquisition chief discusses better buying power 2.0

Posted  September 11, 2013

The Pentagon’s chief of acquisition, technology and logistics told part of his workforce in Washington, D.C., last week about the Defense Departments initiative to drive continuous improvement in defense acquisition programs. Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall spoke Sept. 3 with engineers, contracting officers, program managers and others here about Better…

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