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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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Northrop Grumman receives $178 million contract to sustain Joint STARS fleet

Posted  November 8, 2013

The U.S. Air Force awarded Northrop Grumman a $178 million contract to continue sustaining the service’s entire E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) aircraft. The contract is a continuation of Northrop Grumman’s Total System Support Reliability program, which was first awarded in 2000. Through the TSSR program, Northrop Grumman is responsible for…

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Boeing delivers Ethiopian Airlines’ first 777-300ER

Posted  November 8, 2013

Boeing has delivered a 777-300ER (Extended Range) jet to GE Capital Aviation Services for lease to Ethiopian Airlines. The 777-300ER is now the largest airplane in the Ethiopian flag-carrier’s fleet and will provide it with increased capacity and improved operating economics on key routes from its base in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. “The introduction…

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Lockheed Martin team tests Orionís protective panels

Posted  November 8, 2013

Testing at the Lockheed Martin Sunnyvale facility in California using a series of precisely-timed, explosive charges and mechanisms, proved the Orion spacecraft can successfully jettison its protective fairing panels. The Orion spacecraft has three fairings that protect the service module radiators and solar arrays from heat, wind and acoustics during ascent. This test was the…

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Acquisitions chief seeks system improvements, not reform

Posted  November 8, 2013

The Pentagonís acquisitions chief Nov. 7 discussed the state of the defense acquisitions system and methods the Defense Department, working with industry, can use to improve it. I put out a document a few months ago the defense acquisitions system first annual report, Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics told an…

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New Boeing B-52 upgrade to increase smart weapons capacity by half

Posted  November 8, 2013

Boeing will continue to increase the B-52 bomberís effectiveness and versatility under a new U.S. Air Force contract that calls for the aircraftís smart weapons capacity to expand by 50 percent. Under the $24.6 million agreement, Boeing will develop a modification to existing weapon launchers so the aircraft can carry smart weapons in the bomb…

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NASA’s Orion sees flawless fairing separation in second test

Posted  November 8, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph The three panel or fairings encapsulating a stand-in for Orionís service module successfully detach during a test Nov. 6, 2013 at Lockheed Martinís facility in Sunnyvale, Calif. The three massive panels protecting a test version of NASA’s Orion multipurpose crew vehicle successfully fell away from the spacecraft Wednesday in a test of…

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Blue Angels, air show coming to the Antelope Valley

Posted  November 8, 2013

Photograph by Linda KC Reynolds Blue Angelsí Pilots Lt. Commander Michael Chen and Lt. Ryan Chamberlain speak at a press conference held at the William J. Fox Airport in Lancaster, Calif., Nov. 7 to announce the inaugural Los Angeles County Airshow to take place March 19-22 at Fox Field. Chamberlain said he is excited to…

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Service chiefs testify on risks of sequestration

Posted  November 8, 2013

As they face the prospect of another year of deep cuts to their budgets, the militarys service chiefs testified Nov. 7 before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the impact sequestration is having on the ability to organize, train and equip their service members. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno, Chief of Naval Operations…

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Boeing partners with U.S. Air Force to reduce supply chain costs

Posted  November 8, 2013

Boeing and the U.S. Air Force Sustainment Center have entered into an overarching public-private partnership that will streamline supply chain contracting, saving money and speeding up execution by as much as 10 months. The partnership ñ the first of its kind allows the three Air Force logistics complexes that are under the AFSC to immediately…

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Posted  November 6, 2013

News: Hagel calls for smaller force delays picking among weapons – U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is outlining his vision of a smaller, better equipped military while anticipating tough choices about some multi-billion dollar weapons systems that declining Pentagon budgets may force President Obama’s administration to make.   Business: KC-46 came within 24 hours of contract…

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