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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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Intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance aircraft flies for four hours

Posted  June 3, 2013

Boeing photograph A U.S. Army and Boeing team completed the first flight of the first of four Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System Engineering, Manufacturing and Development aircraft May 22. The aircraft was in the air for more than four hours and completed all first-flight test objectives, including evaluation of aerodynamic handling qualities, aircraft…

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Raytheon, U.S. Navy complete first phase of RAM Block 2 developmental testing

Posted  June 3, 2013

The U.S. Navy has completed the first series of developmental and operational testing of Raytheon’s Rolling Airframe Missile Block 2. In at-sea tests conducted from the U.S. Navy’s Self-Defense Test Ship, RAM Block 2 missiles engaged two targets in tactical dual-salvo scenarios designed to demonstrate the advanced missile’s defensive capabilities. The DT/OT tests successfully engaged…

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Wyle wins $46.8 million award to support U.S. Army missile, weapon systems

Posted  June 3, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Wyle has been awarded a contract worth $46.8 million to provide logistics, engineering, technical, programmatic and field engineering services for a variety of missile and close combat weapon systems for the U.S. Army. The award, in a task order from the Reliability Information Analysis Center, supports the Army’s Program Executive Office,…

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NASA’s GRAIL mission solves mystery of moon’s surface gravity

Posted  June 3, 2013

NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory mission has uncovered the origin of massive invisible regions that make the moon’s gravity uneven, a phenomenon that affects the operations of lunar-orbiting spacecraft. Because of GRAIL’s findings, spacecraft on missions to other celestial bodies can navigate with greater precision in the future. GRAIL’s twin spacecraft studied the internal…

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Air Force establishes F-35 IOC target

Posted  June 3, 2013

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. Lt. Col. Benjamin Bishop completes preflight checks before his first sortie in an F-35A Lightning II, March 6, 2013, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Bishop is among the first pilots to begin the official training that began in January. The Air Force announced May 31, 2013, it…

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Newest 787 complements, extends the super-efficient family

Posted  June 3, 2013

Boeing has begun final assembly of the first 787-9 Dreamliner. The newest member of the 787 family began taking shape on schedule May 30 in Everett, Wash., when Boeing started joining large sections of the super-efficient jet.

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New under secretary of the Air Force is sworn in during formal ceremony at the Pentagon

Posted  June 3, 2013

Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash Under Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning is sworn in by Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley during a formal ceremony May 31, 2013, at the Pentagon. In his duties, Fanning will be responsible for the efficient and effective management of Air Force resources and serve…

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NASA’s Swift produces best ultraviolet maps of nearest galaxies

Posted  June 3, 2013

Courtesy Photo New surveys conducted by NASA’s Swift provide the most detailed overviews ever captured in ultraviolet light of the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, the two closest major galaxies to our own. Swift team member Stefan Immler, who proposed the imaging project, narrates this quick tour. All visible light imagery provided by Axel Mellinger,…

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Headlines May 31, 2013

Posted  May 31, 2013

Defense Kansas religion bill urges military to defend ‘Judeo-Christian tradition’ against alleged discrimination Republican lawmakers in Kansas want the state Legislature to call on the U.S. military to aggressively defend the “Judeo-Christian tradition” in the face of alleged discrimination by the Defense Department.   Veterans Shinseki on stopping homelessness: ‘The climb will get steeper’ Veterans…

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News Briefs May 31, 2013

Posted  May 31, 2013

Hill AFB wins bigger F-22 Raptor assignment The Air Force is throwing more fighter-jet maintenance at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. That could help insulate the base from future national defense budget cuts, and Rep. Rob Bishop said it means 200 more defense jobs for Utah. The Air Force is announcing it will consolidate maintenance…

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