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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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Boeing begins 777X high-speed wind tunnel tests

Posted  January 15, 2014

Boeing announced Jan. 15 that high-speed wind tunnel tests have started for the Boeing 777X. Testing began last week at Boeing’s Transonic Wind Tunnel in Seattle. Last month, engineers started wind tunnel tests at QinetiQ’s facility in Farnborough, U.K., where testing of the low-speed performance of the airplane continues. “This is another important step forward…

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Sea Giraffe radar now AN/SPS-77(V)1 in U.S.

Posted  January 15, 2014

Saab Defense and Security USA announced Jan. 15 that Saab’s Sea Giraffe AMB Radar recently received its official designation from the U.S. Navy. The Sea Giraffe AMB Radar system’s official U.S. Navy nomenclature is now the AN/SPS-77 (V)1. ¬†Partnering with General Dynamics, Bath Iron Works and Austal, SDAS is responsible for integrating the AN/SPS-77 radar…

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Boeing finds significant potential in “green diesel” as a sustainable jet fuel

Posted  January 15, 2014

Boeing has identified “green diesel,” a renewable fuel used in ground transportation, as a significant new source of sustainable aviation biofuel that emits at least 50 percent less carbon dioxide than fossil fuel over its lifecycle. The company is working with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and other stakeholders to gain approval for aircraft to…

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William H. Swanson to step down as Raytheon CEO

Posted  January 15, 2014

Raytheon announced Jan. 15 that its Board of Directors has elected Dr. Thomas A. Kennedy, age 58, to serve as the chief executive officer of Raytheon, effective March 31, 2014.

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Budget uncertainty challenges readiness, official says

Posted  January 15, 2014

The Defense Department continues to face persisting challenges due to budget uncertainties under sequestration, the Pentagons acquisitions chief said Jan. 15. Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, spoke to an audience at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics SciTech conference about force structure and readiness challenges the Pentagon faces under…

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Boeing Space Surveillance System reduces risk of satellite loss by 66 percent

Posted  January 15, 2014

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – The Boeing Space-Based Space Surveillance system has helped the U.S. Air Force cut the danger of satellites being lost by two-thirds in the past year by detecting potential threats more quickly and enabling operators to take earlier action if needed. “Averaging 12,000 deep-space observations per day, SBSS provides a major advantage…

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NASA invites public to send names on an asteroid mission, beyond

Posted  January 15, 2014

NASA is inviting people around the world to submit their names to be etched on a microchip aboard a spacecraft headed to the asteroid Bennu in 2016. The “Messages to Bennu!” microchip will travel to the asteroid aboard the agency’s Origins-Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft. The robotic mission will spend more…

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New secretary testifies to commission on total force

Posted  January 15, 2014

Air Force photograph by Jim Varhegyi Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James answers a question during a hearing of the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force Jan. 9, 2014, in Arlington, Va. The commission is tasked to submit a report by Feb.1, 2014, to the president of the United States…

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Longbow missiles demonstrate littoral attack Capability

Posted  January 15, 2014

The U.S. Army and Navy, with assistance from Lockheed Martin, recently conducted Longbow missile demonstration firings to showcase the missile’s ability to counter littoral threats, making the weapon an effective candidate for potential use in operational shipboard launches.¬† During the demonstrations, multiple U.S. Army Longbow missiles were fired from a launch fixture provided by the…

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Boeing Capital’s Cave to retire; Allen named president, to realign unit to Boeing Corporate Treasury

Posted  January 15, 2014

Boeing executive Mike Cave, president of Boeing Capital Corporation, the company’s product financing unit, announced Jan. 15 that he will retire on May 1. Marc Allen, Boeing China president, will replace Cave, effective March 14. Cave, 53, who also serves as a Boeing senior vice president, has led Boeing Capital since January 2010. The unit…

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