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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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Predator XP sets new company for long endurance flight

Posted  February 13, 2015

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced Feb. 12 the successful first endurance flight of† PredatorÆ XP, an advanced derivative of the mission-proven MQ-1 Predator RPA that has accumulated more than two million flight hours since 1994. The flight launched Feb. 6 and landed Feb. 8 during a 40-plus hour flight conducted at GA-ASI’s Castle Dome…

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Boeing, Korean Air announce order for five 777 Freighters

Posted  February 13, 2015

Boeing and Korean Air Feb. 12 finalized an order for five 777 Freighters. The order, valued at more than $1.5 billion at current list prices, will add further efficiency and reliability to Korean Air’s all-Boeing freighter fleet. As one of the world’s largest cargo airlines, Korean Air currently operates an all-Boeing freighter fleet of 26…

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Boeing, Transavia announce order for Up to 20 Next-Generation 737-800s

Posted  February 13, 2015

Boeing and Transavia Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Air France KLM Group, Feb. 12 announced an order for 17 Next-Generation 737-800s, including options for three additional airplanes. The order, valued at $1.6 billion at current list prices, was previously booked and attributed to an unidentified customer on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website….

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Boeing announces additional work for S.C. propulsion plant

Posted  February 13, 2015

Even as Boeing opened a large new propulsion plant in South Carolina Feb. 11, the aeronautics giant announced the facility has already been assigned additional work. When Boeing broke ground on the 225,000-square-foot plant 15 months ago, it said it would manufacture jet engine air inlets for the 737 MAX, a new generation of Boeing’s…

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Headlines February 11, 2015

Posted  February 11, 2015

News: White House weighs adjusting Afghan exit plan to slow withdrawal of troops – The Obama administration is considering slowing its planned withdrawal from Afghanistan for the second time, according to U.S. officials, a sign of the significant security challenges that remain despite an end to the U.S. and NATO combat mission there.   Business: L-3…

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News Briefs February 11, 2015

Posted  February 11, 2015

Pentagon No. 2 sounds alarm over tech erosion The Pentagon’s second-ranking official is sounding alarm bells about an erosion of America’s military technological edge and warning that a return to automatic budget cuts would be an ìunmitigated disasterî for the Pentagon. Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work made the assertions Feb. 10 in remarks prepared for…

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LRASM prototype is three-for-three on successful flight tests

Posted  February 11, 2015

Initiated in 2009 in collaboration with the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force, DARPA’s Long Range Anti-Ship Missile program has been investing in advanced technologies to provide a leap ahead in U.S. surface warfare capability.

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Sparks of Life

Posted  February 11, 2015

Lockheed Martin-led team lays keel on nation’s 13th Littoral Combat Ship The Lockheed Martin-led industry team officially laid the keel for the U.S. Navy’s thirteenth Littoral Combat Ship, the future USS Wichita, in a ceremony held at Marinette Marine Corporation in Marinette, Wisc., Feb. 9. Ship sponsor Mrs. Kate Staples Lehrer completed the time-honored tradition…

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Life-saving VOSS sensor system achieves U.S. Army program of record

Posted  February 11, 2015

The U.S. Army and Lockheed Martin recently marked achievement of Milestone C on the U.S. Army Vehicle Optics Sensor System program the final milestone required to transition the quick reaction capability to a program of record. Milestone C certifies VOSS as the standard sensor package on mine resistant ambush-protected vehicles, and enables VOSS to become…

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Female U-2 pilot blazes trail through society and space

Posted  February 11, 2015

Air Force photograph by SrA. Bobby Cummings Lt. Col. Merryl Tengesdal stands in front of a U-2 Feb. 9, 2015, at Beale Air Force Base, Calif. Tengesdal is the only black female U-2 pilot in history. Tengesdal is the 9th Reconnaissance Wing inspector general and a U-2 pilot. As a child she imagined flying amongst…

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