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Laser-based aircraft countermeasure provides ‘unlimited rounds’ against MANPADS

The Army expects later this year to reach a Milestone B decision with its laser-based common infrared countermeasures, or CIRCM, defense system program.

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E-9A Widget, one of a kind

The mission of the Air Force is like a highly complex machine. Each piece of the machine is vital to it operating successfully. The E-9A Widget is a very small, yet highly important piece to that machine.

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Orion parachute testing conducted at AEDC NFAC facility

Arnold Engineering Development Complex engineers at the National Full Scale Aerodynamics Complex assisted in recent testing of sub-scale parachutes for the next mission of the Orion spacecraft, Exploration Mission-1.

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Northrop Grumman delivers center/aft ‘shipset’ for first international EA-18G Growler

Northrop Grumman has completed and delivered to The Boeing Company a major subassembly of the first of 12 EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft ordered by the Royal Australian Air Force.

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Navy conducts production acceptance test of Tomahawk missile

The Navy's Tactical Tomahawk missile underwent a successful production acceptance test March 19 using functional ground test capability at Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division's Large Rocket Motor Test Facility in Indian Head, Md.


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Intelsat General, L-3 Communication Systems-West test protected Air Force tactical technology on Ku-band

Posted  April 7, 2014

Intelsat General Corp. and L-3 Communication Systems-West (L-3 CS-West) announced the successful demonstration of new U.S. Air Force Protected Tactical Waveform technology over Ku-band transponders on the Intelsat fleet. The demonstrations and performance characterization were conducted at the Intelsat teleport in Ellenwood, GA, during the week of March 4th. Engineers conducting the tests measured the…

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Oman Air Force continues F-16 legacy

Posted  April 7, 2014

Lockheed Martin photograph by Elizabeth L. Kaszynski The Sultanate of Oman accepted the first of its second order of Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons in a ceremony April 3 at Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth facility. The fighter aircraft will ferry to Oman later this year.  In 2002, the Sultanate of Oman became the 23rd member of the…

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Boeing, Air New Zealand unveil livery of first 787-9 Dreamliner to deliver

Posted  April 7, 2014

Boeing April 6 rolled out of the paint hangar the first 787-9 Dreamliner to be delivered to launch customer Air New Zealand, revealing the carrier’s new-look livery. The airplane, painted in a distinctive black color scheme, features the iconic official New Zealand Fern Mark. “It’s great to see the Koru and the beautiful New Zealand…

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New catalog brings NASA software down to Earth

Posted  April 7, 2014

NASA is making available to the public, at no cost, more than 1,000 codes with its release April 10 of a new online software catalog. Organized into fifteen broad categories, the new catalog offers a wide variety of applications for use by industry, academia, other government agencies, and the general public. “Software is an increasingly…

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Future outlook released for remotely piloted aircraft

Posted  April 7, 2014

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zd3qZ_P6lB0&feature=player_embedded Air Force leaders outlined what the next 25 years for remotely piloted aircraft will look like in the RPA Vector, published April 4. The RPA Vector is the Air Forceís vision for the next 25 years for remotely-piloted aircraft, said Col. Kenneth Callahan, the RPA capabilities division director. It shows the current state of…

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Northrop Grumman to build five more MQ-8C Fire Scouts for U.S. Navy

Posted  April 7, 2014

Northrop Grumman will build five additional U.S. Navy MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopters, which allow ship commanders to extend their intelligence-gathering capabilities far beyond the horizon.

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NASA awards robotics, vehicle, graphics simulation services contract

Posted  April 7, 2014

NASA has selected MacLean Engineering & Applied Technologies of Houston to provide simulation model development for organizations at the agency’s Johnson Space Center, also in Houston. This indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract has firm-fixed price and cost-plus fixed-fee task orders. Beginning July 1, the contract has a three-year base period followed by two one-year options and is…

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Boeing to provide maintenance training devices for U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon

Posted  April 7, 2014

Boeing will broaden its support for the U.S. Navy’s fleet of Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft through a recent order for maintenance simulators. The Navy plans to begin using six virtual trainers, one ordnance load trainer and 14 hardware-based devices to train P-8A maintenance personnel at Naval Air Station Jacksonville starting in 2016. “As…

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NATO, Sweden train over the Baltics to enhance interoperability among allies

Posted  April 7, 2014

The 17th Baltic Region Training Event, or BRTE XVII, took place at Šiauliai Air Base, Lithuania, April 1 and 2 over the Baltic region, to sharpen the skills of aircrews and air controllers from the U.S., Lithuanian and Swedish air forces.

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FRCSE keeps Fire Scouts ready for crucial mission

Posted  April 7, 2014

Navy photograph On March 13, Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) Detachment Mayport Sheet Metal Mechanic Anthony Rini works on one of two MQ-8B Fire Scouts aircraft being completely overhauled by the FRCSE Team at Naval Station Mayport, Fla. Artisans at Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Detachment Mayport, Fla., are diligently overhauling several MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical…

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