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Composites key to tougher, lighter armaments

The Army is on the cusp of revolutionizing materials that go into armament construction, making for stronger, lighter and more durable weapons, Dr. Andrew Littlefield said.

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AAR awarded new contract from Bell Helicopter Textron to support T64 engines

AAR announced April 22 that Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. awarded its Defense Systems & Logistics business unit a contract providing warehouse and logistics services in support of upgrading T64 engines for the Bell V-280 Valor technical demonstrator aircraft.

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Last MC-130P Combat Shadows in the Pacific retire

The 17th Special Operations Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan, sent off the final two MC-130P Combat Shadows in the Pacific Air Forces to retire on April 15.

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F-22 test squadron recognizes decorated squadron member, Vietnam hero

Base leaders will always attest to the fact that people are what make Edwards AFB a unique place to work.

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NASA unveils celestial fireworks as official image for Hubble 25th Anniversary

The brilliant tapestry of young stars flaring to life resemble a glittering fireworks display in the 25th anniversary NASA Hubble Space Telescope image, released to commemorate a quarter century of exploring the solar system and beyond since its launch April 24, 1990.


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Registration opens for NASA Night Rover Challenge

Posted  April 5, 2013

Registration is open for teams seeking to compete in the $1.5 million energy storage competition known as the Night Rover Challenge, sponsored by NASA and the Cleantech Open of Palo Alto, Calif. To win, a team must demonstrate a stored energy system that can power a simulated solar-powered exploration vehicle that can operate through multiple…

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Hagel details U.S.-Japan consolidation plan for Okinawa

Posted  April 5, 2013

The United States and Japan have announced a new plan that will reduce the U.S. footprint on the island of Okinawa while ensuring an operationally effective U.S. force presence in the region, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said April 5. The plan, released today in Tokyo, is a key step forward in implementing the 2006 Realignment…

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Army chief talks aviation, sequestration at Fort Rucker

Posted  April 5, 2013

Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno got a first-hand look at the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and spoke about the effects of sequestration on the community, during a visit to Fort Rucker, April 1-2. The chief’s visit included tours of different training facilities, briefings, a flight tour of the…

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Lockheed Martin completes first ever live firing of latest Aegis Combat System evolution

Posted  April 5, 2013

Lockheed Martin’s Aegis Combat System recently completed a live fire test, using the system’s newest capability build, Baseline 9. During the at-sea test scenario, Aegis successfully detected, tracked and engaged a medium-altitude subsonic target from the USS Chancellorsville (CG 62). During the exercise, the USS Chancellorsville’s Aegis Weapon System sent tracking orders to the ship’s…

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Reductions won’t affect most TRICARE Prime beneficiaries

Posted  April 5, 2013

Despite upcoming service area reductions, TRICARE Prime will remain a health care option for 97 percent of the more than 5 million beneficiaries eligible for the health care plan, Military Health System officials said. The 3 percent difference, which comprises about 171,000 beneficiaries who mostly reside more than 40 miles from a military clinic or…

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AFIT to host Department of Defense contractor open house

Posted  April 5, 2013

Department of Defense contractors are invited to attend an open house and tour of the Air Force Institute of Technology April 16 and 17. Representatives from the Graduate School of Engineering & Management, School of Systems & Logistics and the Civil Engineer School will showcase teaching facilities, world-class labs and describe programs and opportunities to…

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BAMS-D exceeds 10,000 hour milestone

Posted  April 5, 2013

The Navy’s Broad Area Maritime Surveillance-Demonstrator (BAMS-D) in flight over Patuxent River, Md. BAMS-D surpassed 10,000 flight hours April 1, marking another milestone for Navy unmanned aviation. The Navy’s Broad Area Maritime Surveillance-Demonstrator (BAMS-D) surpasses 10,000 flight hours April 1, marking another milestone for Navy unmanned aviation. BAMS-D provides more than 50 percent of the…

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Virtual window provides vital view for soldiers

Posted  April 5, 2013

DETROIT ARSENAL, Mich. — Army researchers are looking for ways to give soldiers a look outside using cameras and monitors. To provide better situational awareness for Bradley Fighting Vehicle Infantrymen, a cross-discipline team of U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command engineers is developing the Virtual window – a video display mounted to the interior…

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Boeing, Sberbank announce order for 12 737- 800s

Posted  April 5, 2013

Boeing, Sberbank of Russia and its wholly owned subsidiary, Sberbank Leasing, have reached an agreement on an order for 12 Next-Generation 737-800s. The airplanes are intended for operational leasing under Sberbank’s contract with Transaero, one of Sberbank’s key corporate customers. Valued at more than $1 billion at current list prices, the deal will help lay…

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Fire Scout unmanned helicopter, USS Robert G. Bradley set deployment record

Posted  April 5, 2013

The U.S. Navy’s MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter surpassed another milestone in March when the MQ-8B Fire Scout helicopter completed its 600th deployed flight hour while embarked on USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49).

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