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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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News Briefs September 9, 2013

Posted  September 9, 2013

Israel deploys missile defense near Jerusalem The Israeli military has deployed an ìIron Dome missile defense battery in the outskirts of Jerusalem. Associated Press video footage showed the missile defense system positioned there Sept. 8 afternoon. The Israeli military refused comment, citing operational protocol. Israel is concerned that Syria, or a group allied with the…

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Raytheon moves forward on DARPA Persistent Close Air Support (PCAS) program

Posted  September 9, 2013

Raytheon is moving forward with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency on the agency’s Persistent Close Air Support program, whose software could enable ground troops to receive close air support sooner by improving coordination among joint terminal attack controllers, airborne sensors and weapons. Originally designed for the A-10 Thunderbolt, the recently expanded PCAS program intends…

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PCAS could provide quicker close air support for ground troops

Posted  September 9, 2013

TUCSON, Ariz. — Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) is moving forward with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency on the agency’s Persistent Close Air Support (PCAS) program, whose software could enable ground troops to receive close air support sooner by improving coordination among joint terminal attack controllers, airborne sensors and weapons. Originally designed for the A-10…

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Lockheed awarded Atlas launch services contract for Mexicoís Morelos-3 communications satellite

Posted  September 9, 2013

Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Lockheed Martin Corporation, has been selected by the Secretaria de Comunicaciones y Transportes, a government agency of Mexico, to provide commercial launch services using the Atlas V launch vehicle for Mexicoís Morelos-3 communications satellite (also known as MEXSAT-2). The launch is scheduled to occur as…

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Lockheed Martin unveils A2100 satellite improvements aimed at increased capabilities with lower cost, risk

Posted  September 9, 2013

Lockheed Martin announced Sept. 9 that it has applied substantial enhancements to its A2100 satellite platform to meet current and future global communications market needs. The new A2100 technical update addresses design architecture and manufacturing processes, offering satellite operators catalog-to-order solutions that leverage common parts, subsystems and components to meet specific customer and mission needs….

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C-130T digital cockpit modifications complete

Posted  September 9, 2013

Navy photograph The Navy accepted the final C-130T Hercules aircraft updated with digital cockpit modifications from BAE Systems this August. This final delivery culminates the overhaul of 19 C-130T aircraft, which transitioned from obsolete analog gauges into the digital age. Each aircraft is now equipped with a Garmin GNS 480 GPS, an Electronic Flight Bag,…

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Hot pits keep F-35s flying

Posted  September 9, 2013

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr.   Maintainers from the 33rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, attach the fuel hose to an F-35A Lightning II during a hot pit session on the 33rd Fighter Wing flightline at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Airmen, Marines and sailors are refueling their F-35 variants for multiple sorties via 96th…

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Bell Helicopter, Lockheed Martin team on V-280 Valor

Posted  September 9, 2013

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, and Lockheed Martin will work as a team on the Bell V-280 Valorô, making Lockheed Martin the first of Bell Helicopterís V-280 program tier one team members. Additional team members will be announced in the coming months. “We are very excited about teaming with Lockheed Martin on the V-280,î…

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DUNMORE Aerospace Materials protect LADEE robotic lunar explorer

Posted  September 9, 2013

DUNMORE Corporation is protecting four science payload instrument packages carried aboard the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer space mission and the spacecraft itself. DUNMORE’s multi-layered insulation materials defend electronics and other mission-critical technology from extreme temperatures between minus 195 degrees Fahrenheit to more than 300 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 125 degrees to plus 150 degrees…

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‘HEaDS-UP’ at Natick for better helmets

Posted  September 9, 2013

In their quest for better helmet technologies to keep soldiers and Marines safe on the battlefield, researchers at Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center here are making a “HEaDS-UP” play. Helmet Electronics and Display System-Upgradeable Protection, or HEaDS-UP, has been a four-year effort at Natick to provide mounted and dismounted troops with a more…

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