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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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US, China conduct counter piracy exercise

Posted  August 26, 2013

Guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) participated in a counter-piracy exercise in the Gulf of Aden with elements of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (Navy), Aug. 24-25.

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Northrop Grumman completes successful demonstration of 3DELR radar system

Posted  August 26, 2013

Northrop Grumman has completed a successful full-scale demonstration of its Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar for the U.S. Air Force last month. Approximately 40 members of the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps and the Office of the Secretary of Defense were on site to witness the comprehensive demonstration of Northrop Grumman’s radar system. More than 50…

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Vigilant Eagle continues closer U.S.-Russian cooperation

Posted  August 26, 2013

Beginning Aug. 27, fighter jets from the North American Aerospace Defense Command and the Russian air force will scramble to track and intercept “hijacked” aircraft during an air defense exercise viewed as a steppingstone toward closer military-to-military cooperation in additional areas. Vigilant Eagle 13 kicked off Aug. 26, with scenarios that present the United States,…

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Navy maintainers putting F-35s in air

Posted  August 26, 2013

Chief Petty Officer Ben DeWitt, of the Strike Fighter Squadron-101, preforms pre-flight checks on an F-35C Lightning II prior to a sortie at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Sailors, along with Airmen and Marines work directly with the LM maintainers to help put the joint strike fighters in the air.   A sailor uses a…

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U.S. Army awards Lockheed Martin $206 million for counterfire radar production

Posted  August 26, 2013

The U.S. Army awarded Lockheed Martin $206 million in additional orders for the AN/TPQ-53 (Q-53), a long-range counterfire radar that provides soldiers with enhanced 360-degree protection from indirect fire. This contract is for 19 Q-53 systems, formerly designated as EQ-36. To date Lockheed Martin has delivered 32 initial production systems to the U.S. Army and…

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Long-range radar program heading to next phase

Posted  August 26, 2013

A program office here working to provide warfighters with a new ground-based, long-range radar system is ready to move forward after the completion of recent prototype demonstrations. The Theater Battle Control Division’s Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar, or 3DELRR, program office recently evaluated three prototype capability demonstrations during the pre-engineering and manufacturing development phase of the…

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California races other states to capture new space industry

Posted  August 26, 2013

As several new private ventures to take people on trips to space come closer to becoming reality, California lawmakers are racing other states to woo the new space companies with cushy incentives. They are debating a bill now in Sacramento that would insulate manufacturers of spaceships and parts suppliers from liability should travelers get injured…

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Spirit AeroSystems announces key leadership enhancements

Posted  August 26, 2013

Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. announced Aug. 23 key leadership changes and additions as it continues the drive to sharpen its focus on the company’s strategic priorities. Phil Anderson has been named senior vice president of Defense and Contracts, with responsibility for all company contracting as well as solidifying the structure to allow Spirit to pursue more…

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Xiamen Airlines finalizes order for Six 787 Dreamliners

Posted  August 26, 2013

Boeing and Xiamen Airlines have finalized an order for six 787-8s. Originally announced by Xiamen Airlines in May 2011, the order is valued at $1.3 billion at list prices. “Adding 787s to our all-Boeing fleet is a strategic decision to facilitate our international expansion plans,” said Che Shanglun, president and CEO of Xiamen Airlines. “The…

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Air Force releases nuclear enterpriseís future plan

Posted  August 26, 2013

The Air Force recently announced a long-term vision for the serviceís nuclear enterprise. The plan, signed by the chief of staff and secretary of the Air Force and approved by the 4-star-level Nuclear Oversight Board, provides a framework for advancing and monitoring the overall health of the Air Force nuclear enterprise, supporting infrastructure and processes….

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