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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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Hagel says NATO’s Afghanistan planning on track

Posted  October 23, 2013

DOD photograph by Marine Sgt. Aaron Hostutler Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, center, meets with Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu after a meeting of defense ministers from NATO and partner countries that contribute to the International Security Assistance Force mission at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Oct. 23, 2013. Hagel met with several defense counterparts regarding NATO’s…

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Pratt & Whitney AeroPower, Safran Microturbo to provide auxiliary power unit for Dassault’s Falcon 5X Business Jet

Posted  October 23, 2013

Pratt & Whitney AeroPower has been selected to provide its APS500[D] auxiliary power unit for the Falcon 5X business jet – Dassault Aviation’s largest, most powerful twin-engine jet to date. Pratt & Whitney AeroPower, a United Technologies Corp. company, is partnering with Safran Microturbo for this project.  Microturbo is a Safran company. Dassault unveiled the…

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Forecast International says business jet market gaining traction

Posted  October 23, 2013

Forecast International predicts that manufacturers will build 9,575 business jets during the 10-year period between 2013 and 2022. The Connecticut-based market research firm estimates the value of this production at $235 billion in constant 2013 U.S. dollars. Business jet production has declined each year since 2008, when manufacturers produced more than 1,300 business jets.  Production…

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Boeing, Aerolineas Argentinas complete agreement for 20 Next-Generation 737s

Posted  October 23, 2013

Boeing and Aerolineas Argentinas, the flag carrier of Argentina, have completed an agreement for 20 Next-Generation 737-800 airplanes. The agreement, valued at $1.8 billion at list prices, will play a key role in Aerolineas Argentinas’ continued efforts to modernize its fleet and increase passenger satisfaction. When the order is finalized, it will be posted as…

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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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