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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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Life extension programs modernize ICBMs

Posted  October 26, 2012

Fifty years ago, officials deployed the first Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles to the missile fields in support of the strategic deterrence mission. Five decades later, these missiles are still in place, providing safe, secure and effective strategic nuclear deterrence. Since it first deployed, a number of state-of-the-art improvements and modernization programs have helped the…

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Youngest Boeing B-52 Stratofortress achieves 50 years of service

Posted  October 26, 2012

Boeing Oct. 26 marks 50 years since the company delivered its last B-52 Stratofortress to the U.S. Air Force. H-model bomber 61-040 was assigned to Minot Air Force Base, N.D., where it remains in active service. Boeing built 744 B-52s, in eight different models, from 1952 to 1962. The Air Force fleet today comprises 76…

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News Briefs – October 24, 2012

Posted  October 24, 2012

United Kingdom to double its armed drone fleet in Afghanistan The British military says it is doubling the size of its armed drone fleet in Afghanistan to 10 with the purchase of a batch of new Reapers. The Ministry of Defense said late Oct. 22 that five recently-purchased unmanned aerial vehicles would be remotely operated…

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Northrop Grumman advanced shipboard electronic systems to enter service

Posted  October 24, 2012

Northrop Grumman has provided the advanced communication, sensor and navigation systems installed on the first of two new offshore support vessels being procured by the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command on behalf of the Iraqi navy. NAVSEA accepted delivery of the first 60-meter multipurpose OSV, Al Basrah, in July for subsequent transfer to the Iraqi…

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Declassified document shows ‘real’ flying saucer

Posted  October 24, 2012

Air Force photograph When flown without tethers, the Avrocar was unstable and could reach top speed of only 35 mph. The grainy film showed a round ship floating out of a hangar. Its silver, aluminum exterior glinted in the sun as it hovered a few feet off the ground. As it glided over a pool…

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ATK awarded FMU-143 bomb fuze testing, production contract

Posted  October 24, 2012

ATK has been awarded an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract with an $84 million ceiling for First Article Testing and production of the FMU-143 Bomb Fuze for the U.S. Air Force and Navy. Initial orders under the contract are valued at $52 million. The U.S. Army’s Contracting Center at Rock Island, Ill., issued ATK the award…

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Raytheon’s Excalibur Ib demonstrates accuracy during flight tests

Posted  October 24, 2012

Raytheon has fired eight precision-guided Excalibur Ib projectiles during qualification flight tests at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz. All eight rounds landed within five meters of the target, meeting stringent test objectives. “This program has made great achievements in a very short amount of time,” said Lt. Col. Josh Walsh, the U.S. Army Excalibur program manager….

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Aerosonde small UAS log 168 flight hours in the Antarctic

Posted  October 24, 2012

AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. company, announced Oct. 22 that its Aerosonde(R) Small Unmanned Aircraft System logged 168 flight hours in the frigid, harsh climate of Antarctica, supporting meteorological research by the University of Colorado’s Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences and Department of Atmospheric and…

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Honeywell extends strategic relationship with Army for M1 Abrams support

Posted  October 24, 2012

Honeywell has been awarded two contracts worth a combined $221 million to continue its highly successful support of the U.S. Army’s M1 Abrams main battle tank program. Honeywell’s AGT1500 vehicular gas turbine engine is the proven power source for the M1 Abrams and provides the tank with superior power and torque, low noise, and smokeless…

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NASA C-20A completes radar study of Pacific rim volcanoes

Posted  October 24, 2012

NASA photograph by John McGrath NASA’s modified Airborne Science C-20A is seen on the parking ramp at Yokota Air Force Base near Tokyo, Japan. The aircraft, carrying the UAVSAR mounted in an undercarriage pod, was deployed to conduct a radar imaging mission of Japan’s active volcanoes. NASA’s Airborne Science C-20A aircraft, carrying a specialized synthetic…

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