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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 completes common infrared countermeasure preliminary design review

Posted  August 12, 2013

Northrop Grumman has achieved another major milestone in developing equipment to defend helicopters against man-portable air defense systems and other heat-seeking munitions. With the completion of the Common Infrared Countermeasure Preliminary Design Review July 25, Northrop Grumman presented the U.S. Army with a system design that surpasses the program’s weight and electrical power requirements and…

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Astronaut Michael Foale leaves NASA after 26-year career

Posted  August 12, 2013

NASA astronaut Michael Foale has retired, ending a 26-year space agency career that included 375 days in space during six space shuttle missions and extended stays aboard two space stations. Foale spent 145 days aboard the Russian space station Mir in 1997 and 194 days aboard the International Space Station as commander of Expedition 8…

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NASA selects university teams for new smallsat collaborative projects

Posted  August 12, 2013

NASA has selected 13 university teams for collaborative projects to develop and demonstrate new technologies and capabilities and spur innovation in communication, navigation, propulsion, science instruments, and advanced manufacturing for small spacecraft. Selected project teams will work with engineers and scientists from six NASA centers. The goal of these efforts is to transform small spacecraft,…

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AeroVironment solar-powered Puma AE small UAS achieves continuous flight for more than nine hours

Posted  August 12, 2013

AeroVironment, Inc. announced Aug .12 that a recent outdoor test flight of a solar-powered prototype version of the companyís proven Puma AEô small unmanned aircraft system, operating with the company’s newest long-endurance battery, lasted 9 hours, 11 minutes significantly longer than the flight endurance of small UAS being used in the field today. AeroVironment is…

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Firms compete to expand Air Force museum in Ohio

Posted  August 12, 2013

A new $46 million aircraft and space gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is now scheduled to open in late 2015, with five companies competing to build it. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will select the winning bid for construction of the 224,000-square-foot building for the museum at Wright-Patterson Air…

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Obama: Veterans programs making progress

Posted  August 12, 2013

In a speech to the Disabled American Veterans National Convention Aug. 10 in Orlando, Fla., President Barack Obama described the progress made by programs designed to give veterans the support they need. Following an introduction by First Lady Michelle Obama – who has made support to veterans her signature issue – the president said Americans…

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Headlines August 9, 2013

Posted  August 9, 2013

Business Budget cuts hurt Rheinmetall to Cobham as U.S. protects programs European defense companies from Rheinmetall AG to Cobham Plc are bearing the brunt of government budget cuts, contrasting with a more upbeat outlook in the United States, where companies are still showing resilience to reductions. Raytheon’s sole role on $7 billion jammer questioned A…

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News Briefs August 9, 2013

Posted  August 9, 2013

Suspected U.S. drone kills three militants in Yemen A military official says a suspected U.S. drone strike has killed three alleged al Qaeda militants in a southern Yemeni province, the second strike in a day. The official says the Aug. 8 attack in the al-Ayoon area of Hadramawt province targeted a car carrying the suspected…

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Navy celebrates 100th AARGM delivery

Posted  August 9, 2013

  Rear Adm. Mat Winter speaks at the 100th Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile delivery event Aug. 5 at the Naval Air Weapons Station in China Lake, Calif. Less than a year ago, the Navy awarded a Full Rate Production contract to ATK for the production of the missiles for the U.S. Navy and Italian Air…

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X-47B returns to Pax River concluding historic carrier demonstration phase

Posted  August 9, 2013

The Navy’s X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator safely returned to Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., Aug. 8 from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia after recently completing a number of historic firsts for carrier-based unmanned aviation.

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