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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.

Air Force photograph by SrA. Christopher Callaway Defense

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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Boeing, Sikorsky form joint venture to offer Saudi rotorcraft logistics, training

Posted  June 21, 2013

Boeing and Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. have formed a joint venture to compete for sustainment services in support of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s rotorcraft fleet. Contracts that the joint venture will pursue are administered by the U.S. government as part of its Foreign Military Sales process. The joint venture will help advance the Kingdom’s efforts…

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Air Force deputy undersecretary addresses aviation industry in Paris

Posted  June 21, 2013

The Air Force deputy undersecretary of International Affairs spoke June 18 at an industry-sponsored breakfast during the 50th anniversary of the International Paris Air Show. Heidi Grant focused on how the aviation industry has evolved over time and the technological advances that have changed the face of war and bolstered readiness of our global coalition…

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Cost-saving pilot programs to support war fighter autonomy

Posted  June 21, 2013

A call from the Defense Department to government labs for autonomous technology ideas that support the war fighter has been answered with seven initiatives. Chosen from more than 50 submissions, the selected ideas will be tested in the Autonomy Research Pilot Initiative, officials said. “We believe autonomy and autonomous systems will be very important for…

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Raytheon unveils Excalibur with dual-mode guidance

Posted  June 21, 2013

Raytheon Company has initiated an internally funded program to enhance its combat-proven 155mm Excalibur GPS-guided projectile with a new guidance and navigation unit with a semi-active laser end-game targeting capability. Addition of the SAL seeker will allow the munition to attack moving targets, attack targets that have re-positioned after firing, or change the impact point…

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European Space Propulsion, European Astrotech Limited sign fueling services agreement

Posted  June 21, 2013

European Space Propulsion, an Aerojet Rocketdyne company, and European Astrotech Limited announced June 19 they have signed an agreement to combine resources to support the growing satellite fueling services market. Using the companies’ resources and capabilities, the team can extend a global reach supporting multiple launch campaigns with improved capacity for business fluctuation. “ESP is…

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F-35 is backbone of Air Force’s future fighter fleet, Welsh says

Posted  June 21, 2013

The Air Force’s most advanced strike aircraft, the F-35 Lightning II, is a vital capability that the nation needs to stay ahead of adversary technological gains, the Air Force chief of staff told a Senate panel, June 19. Testifying before the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Defense, Gen. Mark A. Welsh III said air superiority…

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Pratt & Whitney, NASA demonstrate benefits of Geared TurboFan™ System in Environmentally Responsible Aviation Project

Posted  June 21, 2013

Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Corp. company, recently reached a milestone in NASA’s Environmentally Responsible Aviation Project by demonstrating unprecedented performance and efficiency of a Geared TurboFan™ ultra-high bypass system, successfully completing 275 hours of fan rig testing in the NASA Low Speed Wind Tunnel. This ultra-high bypass technology will be used to create…

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Northrop Grumman delivers first AQS-24A airborne mine-hunting vehicle to Japan

Posted  June 21, 2013

Northrop Grumman has delivered the first of four AQS-24A airborne mine-hunting vehicles to the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force for deployment on Japan’s new MCH-101 helicopter platform. “This first delivery is a major milestone in the development of Japan’s airborne mine-hunting capability,” said Tom Jones, vice president of Northrop Grumman’s Undersea Systems business unit. “The effort…

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GA-ASI, Fokker team to offer Predator B to The Netherlands

Posted  June 21, 2013

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems announced June 19 it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Fokker Technologies, a leading specialist in advanced components and systems for the aerospace and defense industry. The MOU supports GA-ASIís offer of the PredatorÆ B RPA to meet the Dutch Governmentís need for a Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance Unmanned Aircraft System, along…

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MEADS tactical BMC4I software demonstrates interoperability in NATO exercises

Posted  June 21, 2013

The Medium Extended Air Defense System has successfully demonstrated network interoperability with NATO systems during Joint Project Optic Windmill exercises held in May and June. In these JPOW exercises, MEADS tactical battle management command, control, communications, computers and intelligence software connected to a NATO test site in the Netherlands using a transportable air defense test…

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