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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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Aerojet Rocketdyne SM-3 Block IIA TDACS completes full system hot fire testing

Posted  June 21, 2013

Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp company, has completed its first Block IIA Throttling Divert and Attitude Control System fully-integrated flight weight system hot fire test for the Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA program. The SM-3 program is managed by the Missile Defense Agency and by prime contractor Raytheon Missile Systems. This first of several SM-3 Block…

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Northrop Grumman to provide fuel quantity indicator system for U.K.’s Sentry E-3D AWACS Aircraft

Posted  June 21, 2013

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract by the U.K. Ministry of Defence to design, develop, integrate, test and support a Fuel Quantity Indicator System for the Sentry E-3D Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft based at RAF Waddington. Work will be performed under Northrop Grumman’s existing Sentry E-3D Whole Life Support Program. The contract modification…

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Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully completes first in a series of full-motion tests on America’s next rocket engine

Posted  June 21, 2013

The leading rocket engine manufacturer Aerojet Rocketdyne announced June 21 that it successfully completed the first in a series of full motion hot-fire tests on the J-2X engine at John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. NASA has selected the J-2X as the upper-stage propulsion for the evolved 143-ton (130-metric ton) Space Launch System (SLS),…

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Raytheon delivers mini transponders for Identification Friend or Foe on Korean Air UAV

Posted  June 21, 2013

Raytheon has completed deliveries of its miniature military-grade Identification Friend or Foe transponders to Korean Air Lines as the Republic of Korea’s top air carrier develops unmanned aerial vehicles. The small transponders are designed to fly on UAVs and smaller helicopters and deliver all of the military and civilian airspace performance capabilities of Raytheon’s industry-leading…

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On home turf show, Airbus steals Boeing’s thunder

Posted  June 21, 2013

Airbus beat its rival Boeing in the orders stakes at the Paris Air Show but both aircraft manufacturers were encouraged that their lucrative wide-body planes were finding new customers – a sign that the global economy is on the mend. The show at Le Bourget, which alternates with the Farnborough Air Show on an annual…

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Army updates ‘eyes’ of Apache helicopters

Posted  June 21, 2013

Artist rendering courtesy of Lockheed Martin This artist rendering shows the Modernized Dayside Sensor Assembly installed on an AH-64E Apache. The Army is incorporating a new sensor capability into its Apache helicopters. The Apache Sensors Product Office has accepted delivery of the new Modernized Day Sensor Assembly Laser Rangefinder Designator, or LRFD, the first component…

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Joint Light Tactical Vehicle ‘closes capability gap,’ Army says

Posted  June 21, 2013

While the Humvee has served the Army well for some 25 years, there's a "capability gap" in what it can do for warfighters on a 21st-century battlefield, said the Soldier responsible for overseeing its replacement.

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Canada makes first call on AEHF; First partner nation to connect terminals to protected communication satellite

Posted  June 21, 2013

Canada recently became the first Advanced Extremely High Frequency international partner to communicate using the Lockheed Martin-produced satellite system. The U.S. Air Force has been allowing select groups to use AEHF for testing as it fields the system, but this expansion means more users beyond the U.S. could soon have more frequent access. A U.S.-Canada…

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NASA’s Space Launch System program kicks off preliminary design review

Posted  June 21, 2013

NASA is beginning a preliminary design review for its Space Launch System. This major program assessment will allow development of the agency’s new heavy-lift rocket to move from concept to initial design. The preliminary design review process includes meticulous, detailed analyses of the entire launch vehicle. Representatives from NASA, its contractor partners and experts from…

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ROKAF’s first C-130J reveals new paint scheme

Posted  June 21, 2013

The Republic of Korea Air Force’s first C-130J Super Hercules recently debuted its official tri-color camouflage paint scheme at the Lockheed Martin production facility in Marietta, Ga., June 20. This C-130J (Lockheed Martin aircraft number 5730) now begins its test flight phase and is scheduled for a 2014 delivery. The ROKAF is a legacy C-130…

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