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Composites key to tougher, lighter armaments

The Army is on the cusp of revolutionizing materials that go into armament construction, making for stronger, lighter and more durable weapons, Dr. Andrew Littlefield said.

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AAR awarded new contract from Bell Helicopter Textron to support T64 engines

AAR announced April 22 that Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. awarded its Defense Systems & Logistics business unit a contract providing warehouse and logistics services in support of upgrading T64 engines for the Bell V-280 Valor technical demonstrator aircraft.

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Last MC-130P Combat Shadows in the Pacific retire

The 17th Special Operations Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan, sent off the final two MC-130P Combat Shadows in the Pacific Air Forces to retire on April 15.

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F-22 test squadron recognizes decorated squadron member, Vietnam hero

Base leaders will always attest to the fact that people are what make Edwards AFB a unique place to work.

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NASA unveils celestial fireworks as official image for Hubble 25th Anniversary

The brilliant tapestry of young stars flaring to life resemble a glittering fireworks display in the 25th anniversary NASA Hubble Space Telescope image, released to commemorate a quarter century of exploring the solar system and beyond since its launch April 24, 1990.


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AF realigns B-1, LRS-B under Air Force Global Strike Command

Posted  April 22, 2015

The Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force have directed the realignment of the Air Force’s B-1 bomber fleets and Long Range Strike-Bomber program from Air Combat Command to Air Force Global Strike Command, effective Oct. 1. The move will realign the Air Force’s core mission of global strike and all of the…

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General Dynamics NASSCO awarded $24 million for LCS sustainment

Posted  April 22, 2015

General Dynamics NASSCO has been awarded a $24.1 million contract by the U.S. Navy for Littoral Combat Ships sustainment execution in support of LCS’ home-ported in or visiting San Diego. General Dynamics NASSCO is a business unit of General Dynamics. Under the contract, General Dynamics NASSCO will plan, furnish material and provide support and facilities…

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Kirtland fuel spill plume seems to bypass Albuquerque wells

Posted  April 22, 2015

A fuel spill that officials worried might pollute Albuquerque, N.M., drinking water seems to be bypassing the city’s wells, according to experts. Leaders of the Kirtland Air Force Base jet fuel spill cleanup team say the plume appears to be headed north rather than northeast, the Albuquerque Journal reports. The direction means the fuel will…

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DRS successfully demonstrates first 10-micron high performance infrared sensors

Posted  April 22, 2015

DRS Technologies, Inc., a Finmeccanica Company, announced April 21 that its highly anticipated 10-micron pixel pitch infrared detector has been successfully demonstrated to select defense industry prime contractors. The company will continue to schedule private showcases during the SPIE DSS tradeshow in Baltimore, Md. Initial demonstrations of the 10-micron pixel pitch sensor included an ultra-high…

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X-47B first to complete autonomous aerial refueling

Posted  April 22, 2015

The X-47B successfully conducted the first ever Autonomous Aerial Refueling of an unmanned aircraft April 22, completing the final test objective under the Navy’s Unmanned Combat Air System demonstration program. While flying off the coast of Maryland and Virginia, the X-47B connected to an Omega K-707 tanker aircraft and received over 4,000 pounds of fuel…

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Headlines April 20, 2015

Posted  April 20, 2015

News: Sale of U.S. arms fuels the wars of Arab states – As the Middle East descends into proxy wars, sectarian conflicts and battles against terrorist networks, countries in the region that have stockpiled American military hardware are now actually using it and wanting more. U.S. spending $1 billion to reassure European allies – From Army rotations…

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News Briefs April 20, 2015

Posted  April 20, 2015

Last two Raiders give congressional medal to Ohio museum The last two ìDoolittle Tokyo Raidersî have presented their Congressional Gold Medal for permanent display at a museum in southwest Ohio. The medal arrived at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force near Dayton in a ceremonial B-25 bomber flight. The medal was awarded by…

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Space Solar Power Initiative established by Northrop Grumman, Caltech

Posted  April 20, 2015

Northrop Grumman photograph Northrop Grumman’s Joseph Ensor (left) and Caltech’s Ares Rosakis (right) shake hands as part of the recent SSPI commemoration event held at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif. Northrop Grumman has signed a sponsored research agreement with the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) for the development of the Space Solar Power…

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Triton UAS conducts first flight with search radar

Posted  April 20, 2015

The Navy’s MQ-4C Triton UAS equipped with a new search radar completed its inaugural flight April 18 over Patuxent River, Md., air space.

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UTC introduces active side-sticks to large commercial aviation

Posted  April 20, 2015

UTC Aerospace Systems is introducing the world’s first active side-stick controller for large commercial aircraft. UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp. UTC Aerospace Systems’ Actuation & Propeller business unit is supplying the active side-sticks for the cockpit of the new Irkut MC-21 single aisle aircraft. The MC-21 family of aircraft will…

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