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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.

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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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NASA begins launch preparations for next Mars mission

Posted  August 5, 2013

NASA photograph NASAís Mars Atmosphere and Volatiles Evolution spacecraft is seen inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility Aug. 3. 2013, at the agencyís Kennedy Space Center in Florida. MAVEN will be prepared inside the facility for its scheduled November launch to Mars. NASA’s next spacecraft going to Mars arrived Friday, Aug. 2, at the agency’s…

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Emerald Coast pays tribute to Air Force legend

Posted  August 5, 2013

Nearly 1,000 service members, veterans and citizens from across the nation paid their respects to the life and legacy of a retired Air Force colonel during a funeral service Aug. 1 on Okaloosa Island, Fla.

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Lockheed Martin to offer universal mission equipment package For U.S. Army helicopters

Posted  August 5, 2013

Lockheed Martin will offer a universal, highly adaptable and affordable mission equipment package to meet requirements for the Joint Multi-Role/Future Vertical Lift rotary wing program, with potential applications for other customers and platforms. The Lockheed Martin MEP will integrate proven solutions from three of the Corporation’s business areas and more than 30 years of experience…

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Boxer becomes first West Coast ship to deploy with Osprey

Posted  August 5, 2013

Sailors and Marines aboard amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) will become the first West Coast ship to deploy with the MV-22 Osprey this fall. Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 166 (Reinforced) is embarked on Boxer as a part of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), and will deploy with a complement of 12…

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NASA selects launch services contract for OSIRIS-REx mission

Posted  August 5, 2013

NASA has selected United Launch Services LLC of Englewood, Colo. to launch the Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft. The OSIRIS-REx mission is scheduled to launch in September 2016 aboard an Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. This new firm-fixed price, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity, launch service task…

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Raytheon, U.S. Army complete first AI3 guided flight test series

Posted  August 5, 2013

Raytheon and the U.S. Army successfully completed the first guided test vehicle flight series of the Accelerated Improved Intercept Initiative program at Yuma Proving Ground, Aris. The series consisted of two flight tests against different target profiles. In each case after launch, the interceptor initially guided on in-flight radio frequency datalink updates from the fire…

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Lockheed Martin-built defense weather satellite delivered to Vandenberg AFB

Posted  August 5, 2013

The U.S. Air Force, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman team successfully delivered the 19th Defense Meteorological Satellite Program, block 5D3, weather satellite Aug. 1 to Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., where it will be prepared for launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V launch vehicle. An Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft, operated by…

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News Briefs August 5, 2013

Posted  August 5, 2013

Army Fleet Support to lay off 70 in August An Alabama company that supplies aviation support to the U.S. Air Force at Fort Rucker is planning to lay off 70 employees this month. The Dothan Eagle reported Saturday that Army Fleet Support is laying off employees to align its staffing with flying hours. Spokeswoman Lisa…

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Headlines August 5, 2013

Posted  August 5, 2013

Business EADS urged by investor to sell Dassault Aviation holding European Aeronautics, Defense and Space Co. (EADS) should sell its holding in Dassault Aviation SA, maker of the Rafale combat jet, because the stake valued at about $5.3 billion is a poor investment, the TCI fund said. Ultra Electronics targets China airliner by adapting weapons…

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TRICARE moves forward with prime service area reductions

Posted  August 7, 2013

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Defense Department officials will reduce the number of TRICARE Prime service areas in the United States beginning Oct. 1, affecting about 171,000 retirees and their family members. Those beneficiaries, who mostly reside more than 40 miles from a military clinic or hospital, received a letter earlier this year explaining their options….

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