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Smart-mortar will help Soldiers more effectively hit targets

The Army hopes the 120mm Guided Enhanced Fragmentation Mortar further improves soldiers' ability to put artillery on target.

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NASA’s WISE spacecraft discovers most luminous galaxy in universe

A remote galaxy shining with the light of more than 300 trillion suns has been discovered using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer.

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Sikorsky S-97 Raider helicopter achieves successful first flight

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a United Technologies Corp. subsidiary, announced May 22 the successful first flight of the S-97 Raider™ helicopter, a rigid coaxial rotor prototype designed to demonstrate a game-changing combination of maneuverability, hover ability, range, speed, endurance and survivability.

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Critical NASA research returns to Earth aboard U.S. SpaceX Dragon spacecraft

SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 12:42 p.m., EDT, May 21 with almost 3,100 pounds of NASA cargo from the International Space Station, including research on how spaceflight and microgravity affect the aging process and bone health.

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Soldiers participate during Flags In at Arlington Cemetery

After a long, unseasonably cold and wet day of conducting burial services, about 1,000 Old Guard soldiers made their way across the soggy hills and flats that make up Arlington National Cemetery, Va., to place miniature flags in front of each grave marker, May 21.


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Northrop Grumman’s modular space vehicle means better launch capabilities

Posted  February 26, 2014

Battlefield commanders have long wanted satellites that can be assembled quickly and launched rapidly to meet immediate needs. Now they have that capability with the plug-and-play Modular Space Vehicle delivered Feb. 25 by Northrop Grumman.

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MD unveils new MD 530G scout attack helicopter

Posted  February 26, 2014

Today, MD Helicopters Inc. released details Feb. 25 of its new MD 530G armed aerial scout helicopter. The MD 530G is the latest in a lineage that spans more than 50 years of scout attack evolution. The journey began in 1963 with the introduction of the legendary OH-6A by Hughes Aircraft Division. In 1985, the…

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First United Kingdom STOVL flight at Eglin

Posted  February 26, 2014

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. Royal Air Force pilot, Sqdn. Ldr. Hugh Nichols, lifts off in a Marine F-35B Lightning II for the first short take-off and vertical landing sortie by a United Kingdom pilot at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Feb. 25. The U.S. Marines began flying STOVL sorties at Eglin in…

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Airbus Helicopters selects Honeywell navigation system

Posted  February 26, 2014

HELI-EXPO – Honeywell Aerospace’s LASEREF VI navigation system has been selected by Airbus Helicopters for its light helicopter platforms, the EC145 T2 and EC645 T2 family. The LASEREF inertial reference unit (IRU) allows helicopter operators to always have an autonomous navigation source available in the absence of a Global Navigation Satellite System and radio navigation. The capability…

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Raytheon continues to drive GaN evolution through cutting edge innovation

Posted  February 26, 2014

Raytheon announced Feb. 25 that under the DARPA Microsystems Technology Office Wide Bandgap Semiconductor Program, the company has systematically matured Gallium Nitride from basic material to transistors, Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuits, Transmit/Receive Modules and finally Transmit/Receive Integrated Multichannel Modules, enabling game changing system performance for the Defense Department. This is the latest milestone for Raytheon’s…

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Third, fourth Royal Australian Navy MH-60R helicopters complete production, begin training

Posted  February 26, 2014

The third and fourth MH-60R “Romeo” helicopters take flight Feb. 25 from the Lockheed Martin facility in Owego, N.Y., to join the Royal Australian Navy’s first pair of helicopters training at Jacksonville Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Fla. On Jan. 24, the U.S. Navy officially delivered two Romeos to the RAN, marking a significant milestone…

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Northrop Grumman extends agreement with Bell Helicopter to supply navigation system

Posted  February 26, 2014

Northrop Grumman has entered into an agreement with Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, to supply its LCR-100 Attitude Heading Reference System for the Bell 412 helicopter through 2017. Produced by Northrop Grumman Navigation and Maritime Systems Division’s subsidiary in Germany, Northrop Grumman LITEF, the LCR-100 AHRS is a widely used system that has been…

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Hagel talks with troops about 2015 defense budget request

Posted  February 26, 2014

In spotless aircraft hangars at two different military bases in southeastern Virginia yesterday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel stood before several hundred airmen and soldiers, highlighting priorities in the Defense Department’s fiscal year 2015 budget request and taking questions. The budget request – which Hagel and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs…

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Forecast International sees a slowing, but still lucrative medium/heavy military rotorcraft market

Posted  February 26, 2014

Forecast International projects that 5,213 medium/heavy military rotorcraft will be produced between 2014 and 2023, according to the company’s “The Market for Medium/Heavy Military Rotorcraft.” The value of this production is $127 billion in constant fiscal 2014 U.S. dollars. The Connecticut-based market research firm defines a medium/heavy military rotorcraft as one having a gross weight…

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Boeing, China Southern Airlines celebrate first 777-300ER delivery

Posted  February 26, 2014

Boeing Feb. 25 delivered the first 777-300ER (Extended Range) to China Southern Airlines, Asia's largest airline in fleet size and number of passengers carried.

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