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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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‘Thunder’ rolls at Fort Irwin

Posted  July 24, 2015

They stand in the sweltering summer sun on a lake bed as dry as chapped lips in wintertime. Silence stretches throughout the empty valley and the occasional breeze offers little relief from the unforgiving sun’s rays. Beads of sweat trickle down their foreheads as they communicate by radio with the inbound pilots.

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Lockheed Martin receives $1.5 billion missile interceptor deal

Posted  July 24, 2015

United States and allied military forces are set to upgrade key missile defense capabilities under a new $1.5 billion contract for production and delivery of Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missiles and PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (PAC-3 MSE) missiles. The contract includes PAC-3 and PAC-3 MSE interceptor deliveries for the U.S. Army, and Foreign Military Sales of…

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NASA’s New Horizons team finds haze, flowing ice on Pluto

Posted  July 24, 2015

Flowing ice and a surprising extended haze are among the newest discoveries from NASA’s New Horizons mission, which reveal distant Pluto to be an icy world of wonders.

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Military fuel tanker delays pull down Boeing’s second quarter earnings

Posted  July 24, 2015

Aerospace giant Boeing saw its earnings plunge by a third in the second quarter because of repeated delays with a military fuel tanker. The Chicago-based company July 22 posted a $1.11 billion net profit, down from $1.65 billion during the same period last year. The bulk of that drop is attributed to a $536 million…

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United Technologies posts lower second quarter revenue, profit

Posted  July 24, 2015

United Technologies Corp. posted second-quarter declines July 21 in revenue and profit as a strong dollar cut exports. It also reduced its 2015 outlook on Otis elevator sales in Europe and China’s slowing economy. Its stock dropped almost 8 percent in late morning trading Tuesday. “Look, to say that I’m disappointed would be a significant…

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Headlines July 22, 2015

Posted  July 22, 2015

News: Pentagon confirms drone crashed in Iraq – A Pentagon spokesman said the aircraft was returning from an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission when “technical complications” caused a loss of communication with the aircraft July 16.   Business: Boeing faces eight-month delay on $3 billion tanker contracts – Boeing may have to wait an extra eight months…

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News Briefs July 22, 2015

Posted  July 22, 2015

U.S. Navy commander stresses positives in China relationship The Navy’s new commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet sounded a conciliatory note toward China July 21 during the last stop of a three-country Asian tour. “We have much more in common than we do in competition,” Adm. Scott Swift told reporters in Tokyo. He added, though,…

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Joint Strike Fighter ITF ground testing F-35 gun

Posted  July 22, 2015

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., is in the process of testing the F-35A's newest munitions asset - the GAU-22/A. The gun is a four-barrel Gatling gun that fires 25 millimeter rounds.

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‘Blue’ forces power through Red Flag 15-3

Posted  July 22, 2015

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika An F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 480th Fighter Squadron, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, flies during a Red Flag 15-3 sortie at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., July 17. Red Flag is a realistic combat training exercise involving the air forces of the U.S. and…

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Submarine launches undersea drone in a 1st for U.S. Navy

Posted  July 22, 2015

In a first for the U.S. Navy, a submarine has launched and recovered an underwater drone used in a military operation. The attack submarine USS North Dakota returned to its base in Groton on Monday following a nearly two-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea specifically to test the drone-launching capability. “This was something they thought…

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