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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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Boeing begins assembling second KC-46A tanker aircraft

Posted  August 23, 2013

Boeing officially began assembling the second KC-46A Tanker this week as workers loaded the aircraft’s wing spar into an Automated Spar Assembly Tool. The on-time milestone brings the program another step closer to delivering the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation aerial refueling tanker. The event comes less than two months after the KC-46 program began to…

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Retired NASA astronaut, research test pilot Gordon Fullerton dies

Posted  August 23, 2013

C. Gordon Fullerton, who compiled a distinguished career as a NASA astronaut, research pilot and Air Force test pilot spanning almost 50 years, died Aug. 21. He was 76.

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UTC Aerospace Systems to supply landing gear for Boeing 737 MAX

Posted  August 23, 2013

UTC Aerospace Systems has been selected by Boeing to manufacture landing gear for the new Boeing 737 MAX. The contract calls for UTC Aerospace Systems to provide the nose and main landing gear in addition to the main gear side struts. UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp. UTC Aerospace Systems will…

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NASA partner completes second Dream Chaser captive-carry test

Posted  August 23, 2013

NASA partner Sierra Nevada Corporation of Louisville, Colo., successfully completed a captive-carry test of the Dream Chaser spacecraft Aug. 22, at the agency's Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif.

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Boeing delivers Indian Air Force’s third C-17 Globemaster III

Posted  August 23, 2013

  LONG BEACH, Calif. – The third Boeing C-17 Globemaster III airlifter for the Indian Air Force departed for India Aug. 20 from the company’s Long Beach, Calif., facility. It joins the first and second India C-17 airlifters, which arrived in June and July, respectively. Boeing is on track to deliver two more C-17s to…

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NASA spacecraft reactivated to hunt for asteroids

Posted  August 23, 2013

A NASA spacecraft that discovered and characterized tens of thousands of asteroids throughout the solar system before being placed in hibernation will return to service for three more years starting in September, assisting the agency in its effort to identify the population of potentially hazardous near-Earth objects, as well as those suitable for asteroid exploration…

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Headlines August 21, 2013

Posted  August 21, 2013

News: F-35 support costs fall 22 percent, Pentagon manager estimates A fleet of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighters will cost $857 billion over 55 years to operate and support, 22 percent less than previously estimated, according to the head of the Pentagon office developing the plane.   Business: 10 U.S companies profiting most from U.S. military…

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News Briefs: August 21, 2013

Posted  August 21, 2013

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,126 As of Aug. 20, at least 2,126 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,763 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result of…

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Little Rock AFB expands C-130J Super Hercules fleet

Posted  August 21, 2013

The first of five C-130J Super Hercules airlifters designated for delivery to Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., in 2013 was ferried to the base Aug. 20 from the Lockheed Martin facility in Marietta, Ga. This aircraft is the first new C-130J for Little Rock AFB since 2009. Maj. Gen. Margaret Woodward, director of the…

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Navy sailors, divers find, salvage downed F-16C

Posted  August 21, 2013

Navy sailors and divers from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2, embarked aboard the Navy's rescue and salvage ship USNS Grasp (T-ARS-51), found and salvaged a downed F-16 aircraft off the coast of Virginia, Aug. 6-20.

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