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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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Forecast International projects $58 billion commercial communications satellite market over next 10 years

Posted  July 15, 2013

Forecast International projects the commercial communications satellite market will be worth $57.7 billion from 2013-2022. According to its “The Market for Commercial Communications Satellites” study, which tracks 45 satellite production programs, 440 individual communications satellites are expected to be produced during that timeframe. According to the study, society’s demand for data and connectivity continues to…

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VA grants will expand transportation in highly rural areas

Posted  July 15, 2013

Veterans will have improved access to health care under a Department of Veterans Affairs initiative that supports new transportation services for those living in highly rural areas. The VA began accepting applications this month for grants to help state Veterans Service Agencies and Veterans Service Organizations operate or contract for transportation services to transport Veterans…

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B-1 test squadron demonstrates anti-ship missile

Posted  July 15, 2013

Air Force photograph by A1C Damon Kasberg Airmen from the 7th Munitions Squadron transport a Long Range Anti-Ship Missile toward a B-1 Bomber June 12, 2013, at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. The weapon loading was part of a trial-run for munitions Airmen prior to the first captive carry test conducted by the 337th Test…

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Wyle wins $4.9 million award to provide technical analysis to U.S. Navy

Posted  July 15, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Wyle has been awarded a task order valued at $4.9 million from the Defense Technical Information Center’s Reliability Information Analysis Center to provide weaponeering and stores planning test and evaluation for the U.S. Navy. Wyle will provide reliability, maintainability, quality, supportability, and interoperability analysis, systems engineering activities, test plan preparation, automated…

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Air Force supports new generation of lithium-ion batteries

Posted  July 15, 2013

A few months back, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research was proud to publish an article regarding a research accomplishment by Dr. Jim Tour and his research team at Rice University. AFOSR, along with other funding agencies, supported Dr. Tour’s research effort to make graphene suitable for a variety of organic chemistry applications –…

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Combat air forces to resume flying

Posted  July 15, 2013

Combat Air Forces units from multiple commands will begin flying again July 15 after many stopped flying in April of this year due to sequestration.

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Raytheon demonstrates high-definition, two-color third generation FLIR system

Posted  July 15, 2013

Raytheon’s Third Generation Forward Looking Infrared Improved Target Acquisition System and fire control successfully achieved proof of concept in a series of laboratory and field tests. Preliminary evaluation of the impact of firing all versions of the TOW missile was also performed. “Raytheon’s FLIR improvement program provides warfighters with better clarity at all ranges, allowing…

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NASA’s Hubble finds new Neptune moon

Posted  July 15, 2013

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has discovered a new moon orbiting the distant blue-green planet Neptune, the 14th known to be circling the giant planet.

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Senate passes Vietnam Veterans Donor Recognition Act of 2013

Posted  July 15, 2013

The U.S. Senate July 10 passed H.R. 588, the Vietnam Veterans Donor Acknowledgement Act of 2013.

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News Briefs July 12, 2013

Posted  July 12, 2013

Afghanistan: NATO helicopter makes ‘hard landing’ KABUL, AFGHANISTAN ó The NATO-led coalition says one of its helicopters made a ìhard landingî in northern Afghanistan but that there were no injuries. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claimed militants had fired on an American Chinook transport helicopter in Baghlan province overnight. But coalition spokesman Capt. Luca Carniel said…

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