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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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Navy to commission newest amphibious warship Arlington

Posted  April 5, 2013

The Navy will commission the newest San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship, Arlington, during a 12:30 p.m., EDT, ceremony April 6, at Naval Station Norfolk, Va.

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Davis-Monthan AFB receives HC-130J Combat King II

Posted  April 5, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph by Andrew McMurtrie U.S. Air Force crews ferried a Lockheed Martin HC-130J Combat King II to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., April 3. Aircraft number 5719 is the ninth of 15 HC-130Js to be delivered to the U.S. Air Force by Lockheed Martin since initial contract award in 2008 and the seventh…

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NASA flies radar south on wide-ranging scientific expedition

Posted  April 5, 2013

A versatile NASA airborne imaging radar system is showcasing its broad scientific prowess for studying our home planet during a month-long expedition over the Americas. A NASA C-20A piloted aircraft carrying the Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar is wrapping up studies over the U.S. Gulf Coast, Arizona, and Central and South America. The plane…

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Lockheed Martin delivers first C-130J in Africa To Tunisia

Posted  April 5, 2013

Lockheed Martin delivered the first C-130J Super Hercules to the Republic of Tunisia April 4, marking the first delivery to an African country. Lockheed Martin signed a contract in 2010 with Tunisia to deliver two C-130Js between 2013 and 2014, in addition to providing training and an initial three years of logistics support. “Again we…

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DOD review will lead to ëbig choices, Hagel says

Posted  April 5, 2013

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today signaled possible big changes ahead for his department in acquisition, personnel and organization as he delivered his first major policy speech as Pentagon chief. Hagel outlined his plan of attack for the strategic and financial challenges the Defense Department faces during remarks at the National Defense University. We need to…

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Fire Scout unmanned helicopter, USS Robert G. Bradley set deployment record

Posted  April 5, 2013

The U.S. Navy’s MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter surpassed another milestone in March when the MQ-8B Fire Scout helicopter completed its 600th deployed flight hour while embarked on USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49).

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Lockheed Martinís Havoc 8×8 completes swim tests in Marine Personnel Carrier competition

Posted  April 5, 2013

Lockheed Martinís Havoc 8×8, an eight-wheel-drive Armored Modular Vehicle, successfully completed amphibious testing as part of its evaluation for the Marine Personnel Carrier competition. The trials in and near the surf at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., were conducted with the vehicle loaded to its full combat weight. During the Camp Pendleton testing, Havoc…

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Virtual window provides vital view for soldiers

Posted  April 5, 2013

DETROIT ARSENAL, Mich. — Army researchers are looking for ways to give soldiers a look outside using cameras and monitors. To provide better situational awareness for Bradley Fighting Vehicle Infantrymen, a cross-discipline team of U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command engineers is developing the Virtual window – a video display mounted to the interior…

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Boeing, Sberbank announce order for 12 737- 800s

Posted  April 5, 2013

Boeing, Sberbank of Russia and its wholly owned subsidiary, Sberbank Leasing, have reached an agreement on an order for 12 Next-Generation 737-800s. The airplanes are intended for operational leasing under Sberbank’s contract with Transaero, one of Sberbank’s key corporate customers. Valued at more than $1 billion at current list prices, the deal will help lay…

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BAMS-D exceeds 10,000 hour milestone

Posted  April 5, 2013

The Navy’s Broad Area Maritime Surveillance-Demonstrator (BAMS-D) in flight over Patuxent River, Md. BAMS-D surpassed 10,000 flight hours April 1, marking another milestone for Navy unmanned aviation. The Navy’s Broad Area Maritime Surveillance-Demonstrator (BAMS-D) surpasses 10,000 flight hours April 1, marking another milestone for Navy unmanned aviation. BAMS-D provides more than 50 percent of the…

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