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Air Force Research Labís handheld imaging tool expands aircraft inspection capability

Sensor Concepts Inc. photograph An operator demonstrates the portability of the handheld imaging tool. The technology provides maintainers the ability to evaluate aircraft in the field to ensure mission-readiness. When pilots climb into the cockpit they expect their aircraft to perform as advertised, regardless if take off is from a home base or deployed location….

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Missile Defense System performs successful flight test

MDA photograph Three short-range ballistic missile targets are launched from NASAís Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Va., in support of Flight Test Other-19 on Feb. 24, 2015. The Missile Defense Agency and sailors aboard the USS Carney, USS Gonzalez, and USS Barry successfully completed a flight test involving the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense weapon system,…

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Female soldier successfully completes 2nd pre-Ranger course

A female first lieutenant from Fort Carson, Colo., who flies Apache helicopters, successfully completed all course requirements of the second gender-integrated Ranger Training Assessment Course, or RTAC, which ended this week.

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AF marks first RQ-4 non-military base landing

Air Force photograph by Sheila deVera A U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk prepares to land Feb. 21, 2015, at Avalon Airport in Victoria, Australia, marking the first historic landing in Australia in preparation for the 2015 Australian International Air Show and Aerospace & Defense Exposition. Approximately 100 U.S. personnel will showcase U.S. military aircraft,…

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New process to save Army money, yield cheaper rounds

A new process at McAlester Army Ammunition Plant, or MCAAP, will make more recovered projectile bodies viable for reuse in the production of field artillery training rounds and provide the military with a cheaper and safer munition, Army officials said.


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U.S., Canada partner to upgrade Canadian howitzer

Posted  January 29, 2014

Army photograph by Todd Mozes Kenneth Whitnall, Canadian Army Life Cycle material manager for 105 mm Howitzer Fleets, explains to members of the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center how to conduct maintenance on the C3 Howitzer. The Canadian Army has enlisted the help of Picatinny engineers to evaluate the life-span of their World War…

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Northrop Grumman awards STEM education, job training grants in Salt Lake City

Posted  January 29, 2014

Northrop Grumman recently provided grants worth nearly $7,000 to support two science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) educational initiatives and one job training program in Salt Lake City.

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NASA selects physical science research proposals for space station

Posted  January 29, 2014

NASA’s Physical Science Research Program will fund seven proposals to conduct physics research using the agency’s new microgravity laboratory, which is scheduled to launch to the International Space Station in 2016. NASA’s Cold Atom Laboratory will provide an opportunity to study ultra-cold quantum gases in the microgravity environment of the space station – a frontier…

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RQ-21A Blackjack begins operational test phase

Posted  January 29, 2014

The Navy and Marine Corps' newest small unmanned aircraft system RQ-21A Blackjack began its initial operational test and evaluation in early January at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif.

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Lockheed Martin demonstrates weapons grade high power fiber laser

Posted  January 29, 2014

Lockheed Martin has demonstrated a 30-kilowatt electric fiber laser, the highest power ever documented while retaining beam quality and electrical efficiency. The internally funded research and development program culminated in this demonstration, which was achieved by combining many fiber lasers into a single, near-perfect quality beam of light – all while using approximately 50 percent…

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Navyís F-35C completes landing tests ahead of October sea trials

Posted  January 29, 2014

The U.S. Navys carrier-based version of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter is nearing October sea trials after completing shore-based testing at Naval Air Engineering Station Lakehurst, New Jersey, to ensure compatibility with shipboard arresting gear. ìFrom 9 to 16 Jan, the F-35 team accomplished 36 successful roll-in arrestment tests at Lakehurst…

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Northrop Grumman delivers 100th EA-18G airborne electronic attack kit

Posted  January 29, 2014

Northrop Grumman has delivered the 100th airborne electronic attack (AEA) kit for the EA-18G Growler aircraft. The AEA kit is a critical component of the aircraft, which allows warfighters to target and attack the most complex enemy communication and air defense systems. “This delivery milestone demonstrates the dedication of the Northrop Grumman team to the…

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Lockheed Martin receives $31 million U.S. Air Force contract for paveway II Plus laser guided bomb kits

Posted  January 29, 2014

Lockheed Martin has received a $31.1 million contract from the U.S. Air Force for follow-on production of paveway II Plus Laser Guided Bomb kits. The contract represents the majority share award of the available fiscal year 2013 funding. Production deliveries under this contract will include computer control groups and air foil groups for GBU-10 and…

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X-51SA WaveRider tea mwins 2014 AIAA award for excellence

Posted  January 29, 2014

The X-51A WaveRider team has won the 2014 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Foundation’s Award for Excellence.

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News Briefs January 29, 2014

Posted  January 29, 2014

Navy: Jet crash pilot listed in good condition The Navy says the condition of a fighter pilot whose jet crashed off the coast of Virginia is improving. Naval Air Force Atlantic spokesman Mike Maus said Jan. 28 that the pilot is listed in good condition. He was originally listed in critical condition by medical staff…

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