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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.

Air Force photograph by A1C Dustin Mullen Defense

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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Boeing delivers first direct purchase 767-300ER to MIAT Mongolian Airlines

Posted  May 15, 2013

Boeing delivered a 767-300ER (extended range) to MIAT Mongolian Airlines May 13, the first-ever direct purchase delivery to the airline. “This is a momentous step forward for MIAT Mongolian Airlines as we continue to enhance our fleet,” said Jargalsaikhan Gungaa, President and CEO of MIAT Mongolian Airlines. “We are pleased with the comfort, range and…

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Space Station Expedition 35 astronauts land safely In Kazakhstan, Expedition 36 begins

Posted  May 15, 2013

Three members of the International Space Station Expedition 35 crew undocked from the orbiting laboratory and returned safely to Earth May 13, wrapping up a mission lasting almost five months. The departure marks the beginning of Expedition 36. Space station Commander Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency, Soyuz Commander Roman Romanenko of the Russian…

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Boeing, Southwest Airlines announce launch of 737 MAX 7

Posted  May 15, 2013

Boeing and Southwest Airlines announced May 15 the launch of the 737 MAX 7, the third member of the 737 MAX family. The Dallas-based carrier and launch customer for the 737 MAX program became the first airline to order the 737 MAX 7, when it converted 30 existing orders for Next-Generation 737s into orders for…

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United Kingdom military ‘unrealistic’ on cost risks

Posted  May 15, 2013

Britain’s Ministry of Defence has taken an over-optimistic approach to its equipment budget, an influential committee of lawmakers warned May 14, expressing doubts that the department plagued by cost overruns and late delivery of projects has properly planned for potential pitfalls over the next decade. Britain’s military is shrinking from 102,000 troops to around 80,000…

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Spangdahlem AB airmen launch final A-10 sortie in Europe

Posted  May 15, 2013

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Jonathan Pomeroy Lt. Col. Jeffrey Hogan receives an American flag from Senior Airman Christopher Nichols May 14, 2013, at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. This tactical sortie is scheduled to be the last before the squadronís inactivation in June. Hogan is the 81st Fighter Squadron director of operations from Olympia, Wash….

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Intermediate Space Challenge rockets fly high at Mojave

Posted  May 15, 2013

The ninth annual Intermediate Space Challenge was held at the Mojave Air and Space Port May 13 with little wind and no clouds.

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Special Olympians share gold with Volunteers

Posted  May 15, 2013

Photograph by Linda KC Reynolds Athlete Eddy Thomas proudly shows his winnings to 2nd Lt. Jake Downey who, along with 2nd Lt. Jessica Pease and other officers, helped pass out medals at the Special Olympics at Quartz Hill High School. Approximately 200 people volunteered at the event. Thankful for the turnout and support, coordinator Donna…

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Naval Air Forces commander calls X-47B catapult launch a pivotal moment in Naval aviation

Posted  May 15, 2013

The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator completed its first ever carrier-based catapult launch from USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) off the coast of Virginia May 14.

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Miss. puts $2 million into effort to keep military bases

Posted  May 15, 2013

JACKSON, Miss. – Mississippi’s officials can tell you that defending the state’s military bases from closures can get expensive. The state spent a reported $60 million to $65 million in the 2005 round of base closings, an effort that helped to save such Mississippi military mainstays as Keesler Air Force Base, Naval Air Station Meridian,…

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Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser testing begins at NASA Dryden, Langley

Posted  May 15, 2013

EDWARDS, Calif. — Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems Dream Chaser flight vehicle arrived at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif., May 15 to begin tests of its flight and runway landing systems. The tests are part of pre-negotiated, paid-for-performance milestones with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, which is facilitating U.S.-led companies’ development of spacecraft…

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