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Improved Multiple Launch Rocket System tested at White Sands Missile Range

More than 100 artillery rockets were launched June 16 at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., or WSMR, to test an improved version of the M270A1 Multiple Launch Rocket System, or MLRS.

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AF Special Operations Command receives first AC-130J

The first AC-130J Ghostrider landed at Hurlburt Field, Fla., July 29, making it Air Force Special Operations Command’s first AC-130J.

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Lockheed Martin successfully tests design changes for Orion

Lockheed Martin engineers have successfully completed testing of design changes made to the NASA Orion spacecraft’s fairing separation system. These changes resulted from data collected during Orion’s first test flight Dec. 5, 2014.

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CH-46 ‘Phrog’ makes its last hop

It’s the last hop for the CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter commonly known as the “Phrog.”

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Surface-to-surface missile test for LCS successful

Engineering development tests of modified Longbow Hellfire missiles for use on littoral combat ships were successfully conducted in June the Navy reported July 30.


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Meet the SR-72

Posted  November 25, 2013

In 1976, U.S. Air Force SR-71 Blackbird crews flew from New York to London in less than two hours, reaching speeds exceeding Mach 3 and setting world records that have held up for nearly four decades. But those world records may not stay unbroken for long. That’s because today, at the birthplace of the Blackbird…

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Unmanned aerial vehicles industry takes off in Alaska

Posted  November 25, 2013

The venerable Piper Super Cub isn’t being squeezed out, but the face of aviation in Alaska is changing. Once strictly a military tool, unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, are now being used in civilian government work and the private sector. Fairweather LLC announced the formation of research subsidiary Tulugaq LLC Sept. 30. A joint venture…

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VA offers dental insurance program

Posted  November 25, 2013

The VA is partnering with Delta Dental and MetLife to allow eligible Veterans, plus family members receiving care under the Civilian Health and Medical Program, to purchase affordable dental insurance beginning Nov. 15, VA officials announced recenlty. “VA continues to explore innovative ways to help Veterans get access to the care and services they have…

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Hagel visits first Zumwalt-class destroyer

Posted  November 25, 2013

BATH, Maine – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the not-yet-launched Zumwalt-class destroyer he toured Nov. 21 “represents the cutting edge of our naval capabilities.” The ship, now known as the Pre-Commissioning Unit, or PCU, Zumwalt, will become the USS Zumwalt, named for former Navy Adm. Elmo Zumwalt. Officials said the ship is about a year…

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Boeing tests validate performance of FAB-T satellite communications program

Posted  November 25, 2013

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. ñ Boeingís Family of Advanced Beyond Line-of-Sight Terminals development program has completed the functional qualification testing phase for the protected wideband satellite communications system. FAB-T will be used in the command and control of U.S. nuclear forces. Boeingís tests verified operational capabilities required for the ground and airborne terminal types specified in…

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Headlines November 22, 2013

Posted  November 22, 2013

News: U.S. has deal on Afghan pact before tribal leaders meet – U.S. and Afghan officials have reached an accord permitting some American forces to remain in Afghanistan after next year, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Nov. 21. Karzai lauds U.S. accord as Afghans debate keeping troops – Afghan President Hamid Karzai hailed a pact…

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News Briefs November 22, 2013

Posted  November 22, 2013

EU president says no military solution in Syria EU President Herman Van Rumpoy says there is no military solution to the ongoing conflict in Syria. Van Rumpoy spoke Nov. 21 following an EU-China summit in Beijing at which Syria and other international issues were discussed. He said that China, a U.N. Security Council member, has…

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Northrop Grumman’s BACN completes 5,000 combat missions

Posted  November 22, 2013

The Battlefield Airborne Communications Node, developed by Northrop Grumman for the U.S. Air Force, has completed 5,000 combat missions connecting warfighters in the air and on the ground. BACN is a high-altitude, airborne gateway that translates and distributes voice communications, video, imagery and other battlespace information from numerous sources. Using a suite of computers and…

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Baker’s dozen!

Posted  November 22, 2013

Lockheed Martin delivered its 13th C-5M Super Galaxy to the U.S. Air Force from its facilities in Marietta, Ga., Nov. 21. Maj. Gen. Kenneth D. Merchant, director, Global Reach Programs, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., officially delivered aircraft tail number 85-0004 to the…

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Raytheon delivers first High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile Control Section Modification units

Posted  November 22, 2013

Raytheon has delivered the first order of High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile Control Section Modification upgrade units to the U.S. Air Force earlier this month. “HCSM improves mission effectiveness and significantly reduces the risk of collateral damage,” said Jack Roosa, HARM program director for Raytheon Missile Systems. “The HCSM upgrade to the previously fielded HARM inventory adds…

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