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Composites key to tougher, lighter armaments

The Army is on the cusp of revolutionizing materials that go into armament construction, making for stronger, lighter and more durable weapons, Dr. Andrew Littlefield said.

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AAR awarded new contract from Bell Helicopter Textron to support T64 engines

AAR announced April 22 that Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. awarded its Defense Systems & Logistics business unit a contract providing warehouse and logistics services in support of upgrading T64 engines for the Bell V-280 Valor technical demonstrator aircraft.

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Last MC-130P Combat Shadows in the Pacific retire

The 17th Special Operations Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan, sent off the final two MC-130P Combat Shadows in the Pacific Air Forces to retire on April 15.

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F-22 test squadron recognizes decorated squadron member, Vietnam hero

Base leaders will always attest to the fact that people are what make Edwards AFB a unique place to work.

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NASA unveils celestial fireworks as official image for Hubble 25th Anniversary

The brilliant tapestry of young stars flaring to life resemble a glittering fireworks display in the 25th anniversary NASA Hubble Space Telescope image, released to commemorate a quarter century of exploring the solar system and beyond since its launch April 24, 1990.


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News briefs, November 9th, 2012

Posted  November 9, 2012

Navy jet makes emergency landing in San Diego   The Navy says a fighter jet training 100 miles off the San Diego coast has made an emergency landing. U-T San Diego says the F/A-18 jet was training with the aircraft carrier Nimitz Nov. 6 when it was diverted. It landed safely at Marine Corps Air…

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EADS third quarter profit stalls on super jumbo costs

Posted  November 9, 2012

The cost of fixing problems on some A380 super jumbos weighed on third-quarter profits at Airbus parent company EADS NV. Net profit at the European aircraft giant fell 1 percent to €309 million ($394 million) in the July to September period, down from €312 million a year earlier. EADS said Thursday it has spent €200…

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Business

Ducommun awarded $3.7 million contract for TOW program

Posted  November 9, 2012

Ducommun Incorporated has received a follow-on award from Raytheon to continue providing complex wiring harnesses for the TOW (tube-launched, optically-tracked, wireless-guided) weapon system. The contract, worth $3.7 million, extends the Company’s support of the program through 2013, with production taking place at the Ducommun LaBarge Technologies facility in Berryville, Ark. Recently, Raytheon named this operation…

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Cody named next Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force

Posted  November 9, 2012

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III has named Chief Master Sgt. James A. Cody to serve as the 17th chief master sergeant of the Air Force. Cody will assume his new position on Feb. 1, following the Jan. 31 retirement of current Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy….

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Sikorsky employes HUMS data to extend life of S-92 main rotor hub

Posted  November 9, 2012

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has received Federal Aviation Administration approval to grant life extensions for the Main Rotor Hub on the company’s S-92(r) helicopter platform. Through its aftermarket business, Sikorsky Aerospace Services, Sikorsky Aircraft will have the ability to utilize Health and Usage Monitoring System data to determine a one-time life adjustment for particular serial number…

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Finmeccanica third quarter earns triple on cost cuts

Posted  November 9, 2012

Finmeccanica, the Italian aerospace and defense giant, tripled earnings in the third quarter due to cost-cutting, improved margins and better sales of products like helicopters. The company, which is 30-percent owned by the government, Nov. 8 reported net profit of $95 million in the quarter ended Sept. 30. It made €25 billion last year, excluding…

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Eight navies complete East African exercise Custlass Express

Posted  November 9, 2012

Sailors and maritime professionals from eight nations wrapped up Exercise Cutlass Express 2012-2 after a week of multinational maritime events in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden, Nov. 1-8.

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General Dynamics to deliver new secure radio for Nett Warrior soldiers

Posted  November 9, 2012

General Dynamics C4 Systems has received an order from the U.S. Army to deliver a new secure radio for Nett Warrior soldiers. The new Nett Warrior radio is part of the Handheld Manpack Small Form Fit family of radios. Weighing less than two pounds, the secure radio communicates using the Soldier Radio Waveform and meets…

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Raytheon awarded $11.5 million to upgrade U.S. Air Force weather data analysis system

Posted  November 9, 2012

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Raytheon an $11.5 million contract to enhance the Weather Data Analysis system. The modernized system is expected to deliver significant efficiencies and improve weather forecast analysis capabilities, enabling warfighters to make critical mission decisions. “Enhancing WDA will deliver advanced capabilities to the Air Force, enabling the Air Force Weather…

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New space sensor as a hosted payload to track air pollution across North America

Posted  November 9, 2012

NASA has selected a proposal from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Mass., to build the first space-based instrument to monitor major air pollutants across the North American continent hourly during daytime. The instrument, to be completed in 2017 at a cost of not more than $90 million, will share a ride on a commercial…

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