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Space tourism rocket explodes in desert

A Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket exploded Oct. 31 during a test flight, killing a pilot aboard and seriously injuring another while scattering wreckage in Southern California's Mojave Desert, witnesses and officials said.

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Boeing, Air Force demonstrate Minuteman III readiness in flight test

Boeing supported the U.S. Air Force’s successful flight test of a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile, which demonstrated the readiness of that system to deter nuclear threats.

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Raytheon Griffin C flight tests demonstrate in-flight retargeting capability

Raytheon has successfully completed flight tests of its Griffin™ C increased capability missile.

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Insitu announces ScanEagle 2 – the next generation of ScanEagle platform

From its booth at the Euronaval Exhibition and Conference in Paris, Insitu Oct. 29 announced ScanEagle 2, the next generation of its revolutionary ScanEagle platform. Leveraging lessons learned from more than 800,000 operational hours.

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‘Grim Reapers’ introduce Oceana to F-35C

The "Grim Reapers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101 returned to Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., Oct. 28, bringing with them the future of Naval aviation.


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Army gives green light for procurement of 3rd Stryker Double-V Hull brigade

Posted  September 13, 2013

Army photograph The new Stryker Double-V Hull brigade will be produced using the Stryker Exchange Program, which was initiated by the Army in response to a requirement for additional DVH vehicles at a reduced overall cost. The Project Manager for the Stryker Brigade Combat Team received the approval from the Army Acquisition Executive to begin…

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Northrop Grumman delivers AEHF Flight 4 antenna precision pointing unit

Posted  September 13, 2013

The recent delivery of an electronics unit for the U.S. Air Force's fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite continued Northrop Grumman's performance building protected communications payloads for the AEHF fleet.

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Wyle awarded $15 million to provide systems assurance, engineering for U.S. Air Force

Posted  September 13, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -†Wyle has been awarded a $15 million task order to provide specialized system assurance and engineering product analyses for the U.S. Air Force’s Life Cycle Management Center through its Engineering Directorate at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. Under this task order Wyle will provide engineering, airworthiness, system security and assurance,…

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Acting SecAF talks future of special ops

Posted  September 13, 2013

Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning spoke with more than 500 Air Commandos about the future of special operations at an all-call during his two-day visit to Hurlburt Field, Fla., Sept. 9-10.

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NASA spacecraft embarks on historic journey into interstellar space

Posted  September 13, 2013

NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft officially is the first human-made object to venture into interstellar space. The 36-year-old probe is about 12 billion miles from our sun.

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Northrop Grumman ready for full rate production of Freedom 350 as U.S. Army’s vehicular radio

Posted  September 13, 2013

Following successful completion of an extensive series of tests, trials, demonstrations and an initial production run, Northrop Grumman said it stands ready to commence full rate production of its Freedom 350 radio to fully satisfy the U.S. Army’s acquisition effort for the Mid-Tier Networking Vehicular Radio. The company also said recent demonstrations show that its…

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General Dynamics awarded $36 million contract for additional Foxhound vehicles

Posted  September 13, 2013

General Dynamics Land Systems – Force Protection Europe has received a $36.3 million contract for an additional 24 Foxhound light tactical blast-protected vehicles from the United Kingdomís Ministry of Defence. The order will expand the MoD’s fleet to 400 vehicles. General Dynamics Land Systems, parent company of General Dynamics Land Systems – Force Protection Europe,…

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At times, even munitions must shake, rattle and roll

Posted  September 13, 2013

Providing the war fighter with a variety of weapons and munitions such as a mortars and mines involves much more than whether they will function at a basic level. Will they perform as designed at various altitudes, or at extremes of hot and cold temperatures? Will they remain intact if transported over rough terrain that…

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F-35: Lifting the United Kingdom’s economy

Posted  September 13, 2013

Thirteen British companies and the U.K. Minister of Defence Equipment, Support and Technology participated in a Lockheed Martin Industry Recognition Event during the DSEI tradeshow Sept. 12. Over the next 40 years, British industry will continue to play a vital role in the F-35’s global production, follow-on development and sustainment, bringing strong economic benefits to…

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DOD officials announce missile defense siting study

Posted  September 13, 2013

Pursuant to the fiscal 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, the Defense Department has initiated a study to evaluate five candidate sites in the continental United States for the potential future deployment of additional ground-based interceptors, Pentagon officials announced Sept. 12. Two missile defense sites with long-range interceptor missiles already are active at Fort Greely, Alaska,…

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