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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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Northrop Grumman to produce additional mission modules for U.S. Navy Littoral Combat Ship

Posted  September 18, 2013

Northrop Grumman has received a $25.2 million contract from the U.S. Navy for additional Littoral Combat Ship Mission Modules. The company will deliver three mission module packages – two for surface warfare missions and one for mine countermeasures. “Northrop Grumman continues to demonstrate that, as the mission package integrator, we are delivering high quality, fully…

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Orbital successfully launches Cygnus spacecraft aboard Antares rocket

Posted  September 18, 2013

Orbital Sciences Corporation, one of the world’s leading space technology companies, announced Sept. 18 that it successfully launched its Antares rocket carrying the company’s Cygnus cargo logistics spacecraft into its intended orbit. The successful launch marked the beginning of a four-day in-orbit capabilities demonstration mission that will culminate in rendezvous and berthing with the International…

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ATK delivers 100th AARGM to U.S. Navy

Posted  September 18, 2013

ATK has reached a significant achievement on the path to Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile Full Operational Capability with delivery of the 100th AARGM to the U.S. Navy. Elected officials and U.S. Navy leaders attended a commemoration ceremony at the ATK Ridgecrest California Production facility in honor of the milestone. Attendees included 23rd Congressional District U.S….

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LVC-DE simulation aids UAS in the NAS integration

Posted  September 18, 2013

NASA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration in the National Airspace System project is providing critical data to decision-makers who are working to meet the congressional mandate to open the national airspace to remotely or autonomously controlled aircraft by 2015.

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U.S., allies increase protected military satellite comm capability with AEHF launch

Posted  September 18, 2013

The third Advanced Extremely High Frequency military communication satellite, built by a Lockheed Martin team for the U.S. Air Force, was successfully launched at 4:10 a.m., Sept. 18, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. Lockheed Martin confirmed signal acquisition at 51 minutes after launch. The AEHF system…

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AAR signs 10-year contract for avionics support with Rockwell Collins

Posted  September 18, 2013

AAR has signed a long-term contract with aviation electronics manufacturer Rockwell Collins which will provide component repair support for Rockwell Collins products used by AARs growing portfolio of airline customers under long-term component support agreements. The contract covers products on AAR customer fleets including the Airbus A319, A320, A330, Boeing 737 and 767, and Bombardier…

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Boeing sends protected government signal through commercial satellite

Posted  September 18, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Sept. – Boeing has transmitted a government-developed, frequency-hopping signal through a commercial satellite, demonstrating the potential for the military to access more communications pathways at a lower cost than building new satellites, while protecting its data from jamming attempts. In the first demonstration of its kind, Boeing in July used the government’s…

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Dryden technicians modify Dream Chaser simulator

Posted  September 18, 2013

NASA photograph by Ken Ulbrich Simulation technicians Brent Bieber, left, and Dennis Pitts install a boilerplate Dream Chaser canopy structure over the cockpit of a flight simulator in the simulation laboratory at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center. The modification will give Dream Chaser pilot-astronauts a more representative view of the actual flight profiles the spacecraft…

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Lockheed Martin successfully launches first LRASM boosted test vehicle from MK 41 vertical launch system

Posted  September 18, 2013

Lockheed Martin has successfully launched the first Long Range Anti-Ship Missile Boosted Test Vehicle from a MK 41 Vertical Launch System canister at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. During the company-funded test, the MK 41 VLS successfully launched the LRASM BTV. The BTV, which includes the proven Vertical Launch Anti-Submarine Rocket Mk-114 rocket motor, ignited…

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Next Boeing GPS IIF satellite arrives at Cape Canaveral for launch

Posted  September 18, 2013

Boeing workers lift the Global Positioning System IIF-5 satellite onto a transporter following its Aug. 1 arrival at the Navstar Processing Facility on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Boeing shipped the fifth GPS IIF satellite from its satellite factory in El Segundo, Calif., on a U.S. Air Force C-17 airlifter. Workers will fuel the…

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