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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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News Briefs February 12, 2014

Posted  February 12, 2014

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,169 As of Feb. 11, 2014, at least 2,169 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 1,791 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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Raytheon receives $31 million Maverick missile contract from South Korea

Posted  February 12, 2014

Raytheon has been awarded a $31 million contract from the Korean Defense Acquisition Program Administration for additional AGM-65G-2 Maverick missiles. Under the direct commercial sale, Raytheon will supply the missiles to the Republic of Korea Air Force. “These new Mavericks will provide the Republic of Korea Air Force with additional firepower and will add to…

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Malaysia Airlines awards Pratt & Whitney $550 million fleet management program

Posted  February 12, 2014

Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Corp. company, announced Feb. 12 that it has signed an exclusive, 10-year Fleet Management Program agreement with Malaysia Airlines to maintain the airline’s fleet of 43 PW4170 installed engines and spare engines. The agreement, which includes an option to extend the contract for up to five additional years, is…

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Northrop Grumman’s SABR brings advanced capabilities to global F-16 fleets

Posted  February 12, 2014

Northrop Grumman’s Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) will help bring advanced capabilities to existing global F-16 fleets, keeping them formidable beyond 2025, according to the head of the company’s Combat Avionics Systems business unit. Northrop Grumman Vice President Jeff Leavitt provided a detailed SABR update to reporters in a briefing at the Singapore Air Show….

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Raytheon establishes new electronic warfare mission area

Posted  February 12, 2014

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems business has announced the combination of several of its electronic warfare programs into a new mission area called Electronic Warfare Systems, based at the company’s El Segundo, Calif. campus. The portfolio contains the following: Next Generation Jammer EW Self Protection Systems EW Communications Systems Advanced EW…

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Second MQ-8C Fire Scout takes flight

Posted  February 12, 2014

Northrop Grumman photograph The second MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter conducts its first test flight Feb. 12 from Naval Base Ventura County at Point Mugu, Calif.† The first aircraft completed its initial flight in October 2013 and has flown†66 hours†to date. The MQ-8C air vehicle upgrade will provide longer endurance, range and greater payload capability…

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Sikorsky begins safety of flight tests on first prototype CH-53K Helicopter

Posted  February 12, 2014

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., has powered up the engines and spun the rotor head on the first prototype CH-53K heavy lift helicopter - designated the Ground Test Vehicle.

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Lockheed Martin receives support contract for Saudi Apache pilotage, targeting systems

Posted  February 12, 2014

Lockheed Martin has received a $22 million contract from the U.S. Army to provide Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) Special Repair Activities for the Royal Saudi Land Forces Aviation Command’s Apache attack helicopters. Under this three-year contract, Lockheed Martin will provide tools and test equipment to maintain components of the M-TADS/PNVS…

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GSA, NASA select Planetary Ventures to begin lease negotiations

Posted  February 12, 2014

The U.S. General Services Administration and NASA have selected Planetary Ventures LLC as the preferred lessee on a lease to rehabilitate historic Hangar One and to manage Moffett Federal Airfield, currently managed by NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. The lease will put Hangar One to new use and eliminate NASA’s management costs…

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64th Aggressors sharpen combat edge at Red Flag 14-1

Posted  February 12, 2014

The red force's simulated enemy plays a critical role as the opposing force during Red Flag 14-1 by providing U.S. and coalition combat forces from around the world challenges for tomorrow's threats.

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