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U.S. Navy, Lockheed Martin ready to launch MUOS-4 Aug. 31

The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin are ready to launch the fourth Mobile User Objective System secure communications satellite, MUOS-4, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Aug. 31 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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Arming the RPAs

Airmen from the 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron provide every munition that is loaded onto an MQ-1B Predator or MQ-9 Reaper at Kandahar Airfield; without them, the RPAs wouldn’t be able to provide combat airpower in Afghanistan.

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Local efforts help keep Dragon Lady flying at 60

In 1955, Disneyland opened its doors for the first time, Elvis made his first TV appearance, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger, and the Vietnam War began with fighting between the South and North Vietnam Armies.

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U.S. Navy awards production contract for additional P-8A aircraft, first RAAF planes

The U.S. Navy awarded a nearly $1.5 billion contract Aug. 27 to Boeing Defense, Space & Security for the procurement of 13 Full-Rate Production Lot 2 P-8A Poseidon aircraft.

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A-4 Skyhawks support F-35 operational testing

Courtesy photograph by Frank Crebas Pictured from top down is an F-35 Lightning II, an F-16 Fighting Falcon and an A-4 Skyhawk. In support of an operational test exercise for their F-35s, the Royal Netherlands Air Force contingent at Edwards brought in six A-4s from Draken International, six F-16s from the 162nd Fighter Wing, Arizona…


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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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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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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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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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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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NASA announces winners of 2012 George M. Low Award for quality

Posted  June 21, 2013

Two companies that share a commitment to teamwork, technical and managerial excellence, safety, and customer service have been selected to receive NASA’s premier honor for quality and performance, the George M. Low Award. NASA recognizes URS Federal Technical Services Inc. of Germantown, Md., in the large business award category and ATA Engineering Inc. of San…

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Senators seek cost cuts for F-35 fighter jet; Pentagon says its priciest program improving

Posted  June 21, 2013

WASHINGTON Senators sought cost-cutting opportunities Wednesday in the Pentagonís $400 billion program for the next-generation F-35, a fighter jet with a troubled testing record that military leaders said America couldnít afford not to build. Chairing the hearing, Sen. Dick Durbin lamented that the F-35 already has cost taxpayers billions more than what Congress signed up…

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