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Triton has first cross-country flight from Palmdale

Northrop Grumman photograph The MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System takes off from Northrop Grummanís Palmdale, Calif., facility Sept. 17 for its first cross-country flight to Naval Air Station Patuxent, River, Md. PALMDALE, Calif. – The Northrop Grumman-built Unmanned MQ-4C Triton (SDD-1) left its desert testing grounds Sept. 17 and flew to Naval Air Station Patuxent…

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Future of NATO: Adapting to a new security environment

NATO’s supreme allied commander introduced new initiatives geared toward re-embracing its mission of collective defense.

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AFRL commander describes Air Force’s technology vision

Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash Maj. Gen. Thomas Masiello takes a question from an audience member after discussing Air Force Research Laboratory breakthrough technologies during the 2014 Air Force Association’s Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition, Sept. 16, 2014, in Washington D.C. Masiello is the commander of Air Force Research Laboratory. The…

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Lockheed Martin successfully mates NOAA GOES-R satellite modules

Lockheed Martin photograph Lockheed Martin successfully mated together the large system and propulsion modules of the first GOES-R series weather satellite at the companyís Space Systems facilities near Denver, Colo. A team of technicians and engineers at Lockheed Martin has successfully mated together the large system and propulsion modules of the first GOES-R series weather…

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NASA Mars spacecraft ready for Sept. 21 orbit insertion

NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft is nearing its scheduled Sept. 21 insertion into Martian orbit after completing a 10-month interplanetary journey of 442 million miles.


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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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