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Army to launch cruise missile-detecting aerostat at Aberdeen Proving Ground

Sometime early next week, the Army expects to launch the first of two tethered aerostats from a ground base at White Marsh, Md., just north of Baltimore.

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AF delivers Iraqi F-16s for training in US

Air Force photograph by SrA. Jordan Castelan Iraqi air force captain Hama conducts preflight inspections while inside a new to service Iraqi F-16 Fighting Falcon Dec. 17, 2014, located at the nearby Tucson International Airport, Ariz. Hama was part of the first class of Iraqi students training with the 162nd Wing to further enhance interoperability…

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Derek VanHorn Defense

Short-notice: A new way to exercise

When 1st Lt. Matt Lavigne's phone rang late Dec. 10, he knew it was time to scramble into action.

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Japan, Australia to provide F-35 maintenance sites in Pacific region

Lockheed Martin photograph by Andy Wolfe An F-35C Lightning II joint strike fighter carrier variant prepares to launch from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz in the Pacific Ocean, Nov. 6, 2014. Japan and Australia will be sharing maintenance and upgrade duties for the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter based or operating in the Pacific…

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NASA’s Kepler reborn, makes first exoplanet find of new mission

Image courtesy of NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/T Pyle The artistic concept shows NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft operating in a new mission profile called K2. Using publicly available data, astronomers have confirmed K2’s first exoplanet discovery proving Kepler can still find planets. NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft makes a comeback with the discovery of the first exoplanet found using…


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AeroVironment, Eurocopter to evaluate potential joint opportunities

Posted  October 23, 2013

AeroVironment, Inc., the worlds highest volume manufacturer of unmanned aircraft systems, andEurocopter, the leading global helicopter manufacturer, announced Oct. 23 at the Association of the United States Army annual meeting that they have signed a cooperative agreement to explore opportunities for expanding their respective military and commercial product portfolios. The combination of AeroVironments market leading…

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U.S. Army, Raytheon complete AI3 live-fire demonstration

Posted  October 23, 2013

The U.S. Army and Raytheon have completed the live-fire demonstration phase of the new Accelerated Improved Intercept Initiative program. Testing took place Sept. 16-30 at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz. During the tests, the AI3 system destroyed 22 of 24 threats. The demonstration included a “for the record” assessment of AI3 against 107mm rocket targets at…

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AeroVironment introduces block upgrade to Puma AE unmanned aircraft

Posted  October 23, 2013

AeroVironment, Inc. introduced Oct. 21 a series of enhancements to the battle-proven RQ-20A Puma AE small unmanned aircraft system that include new features and capabilities. “Puma has proven itself a valuable tool to military and other government agencies, and with its recent type-certification by the Federal Aviation Administration, will soon help more domestic customers perform…

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NASA awards bridge contract for multidisciplinary engineering, technical services

Posted  October 23, 2013

NASA has awarded a bridge contract to AS and D Inc. of Greenbelt, Md., for continued multidisciplinary engineering and technical services until a follow-on contract is awarded at the agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center, also in Greenbelt. Known as Multidisciplinary Engineering and Technical Services II Bridge (METS 2 Bridge), this is a cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite delivery-indefinite…

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Saab combines U.S. defense operations

Posted  October 23, 2013

Global defense and security company Saab recently announced the establishment of Saab Defense and Security USA LLC. This represents the consolidation of several U.S.-based Saab defense companies into a single U.S. defense and homeland security provider. “Shared management structures and security governance will increase synergies and improve efficiency,” said a company release. “Saab’s goal is…

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Army researchers meet need for Marines’ assault vehicles

Posted  October 23, 2013

Courtesy photograph The Emergency Egress Lighting System for the Marine Corps’ Assault Amphibious Vehicle is designed to assist Marines when escaping an AAV in a submersible emergency. When the vehicle flips or goes underwater, a set of lights turn on to guide crew members to the exit hatches. The new system on the AAV is…

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Sikorsky Aerospace Services announces AAG will support S-76D™ helicopter operators

Posted  October 23, 2013

Sikorsky Aerospace Services announced Oct. 22 that Associated Aircraft Group, headquartered in Wappingers Falls, N.Y., will provide comprehensive maintenance management, inspections and spare parts procurement for customers operating the new Sikorsky S-76D™ helicopter. Both SAS and AAG are part of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. During the National Business Aviation Association…

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UTC Aerospace Systems selected by General Dynamics Land Systems to develop generator subsystem for Abrams ECP1 modernization program

Posted  October 23, 2013

UTC Aerospace Systems has been selected by General Dynamics Land Systems to design, develop, build and qualify the Generator Subsystem for the Abrams ECP1 modernization upgrade. The generator subsystem includes both the electric generator and CAN-bus-enabled digital controller. Prototype systems will be delivered to GDLS in the second half of 2014 for installation and qualification…

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Boeing finalizes agreement for Kennedy Space Center facility

Posted  October 23, 2013

Boeing has finalized an agreement with Space Florida to use a processing facility at NASAís Kennedy Space Center to build the Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 spacecraft, an important step toward restoring the United Statesí ability to launch humans into space. ìThe resources and expertise on the Space Coast are essential to our plans and this…

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Improvements to Army’s new 5.56mm production lines help save government more than $20 million

Posted  October 23, 2013

Courtesy photograph M855A1 slug cold heading operations at Lake City Army Ammunition Plant, Lake City, Mo. PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. – The Program Executive Office for Ammunition’s Enhanced Performance Round program shaved off more than $20 million dollars in a value engineering project aimed at renovating the bullet production lines and improving the program’s purchasing strategies….

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