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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.

Air Force photograph by A1C Dustin Mullen Defense

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.

Navy photograph by Monica McCoy Defense

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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Space

ULA Atlas V rocket successfully launches fourth NRO payload in five months

Posted  September 17, 2012

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office lifted off from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 2:39 p.m., PDT, Sept. 13. Designated NROL-36, the mission is in support of national defense. “Today’s successful launch of the NROL-36 mission occurred on the same day…

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World

U.S. strikes on Iran would risk major war

Posted  September 17, 2012

U.S. military strikes on Iran would shake the regime’s political control and damage its ability to launch counterstrikes, but the Iranians probably would manage to retaliate, directly and through surrogates, in ways that risked igniting all-out war in the Middle East, according to an assessment of an attack’s costs and benefits. The assessment said extended…

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Business

Northrop Grumman to Provide Shipboard Interrogator Sets for U.S. Navy

Posted  September 17, 2012

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., Sept. 17, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has awarded a firm-fixed-price contract to Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) for the fabrication, testing and delivery of AN/UPX-24(V) interrogator sets. Under the nearly $11.5 million follow-on production contract, Northrop Grumman will provide five AN/UPX-24(V) identification friend or foe (IFF)…

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Defense

Panetta addresses Osprey, territory disputes in Japan visit

Posted  September 17, 2012

On a day that he began in Japan and is finishing in China, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta responded to questions on the U.S. deployment of V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft to Okinawa and the ongoing dispute between China and Japan over the Senkaku Islands. The Osprey has been a controversial topic since the aircraft was…

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Live streaming of AFA’s annual conference available

Posted  September 17, 2012

The Air Force Association’s Annual Air and Space Conference is taking place at National Harbor, Md., Sept. 17-19. Select conference events will be streamed live online at the Pentagon Channel’s live stream site (http://www.pentagonchannel.mil/onestory_embed_new.aspx?pid=HUkx_KPf_hCx46o_86lo9Ejnc6er4Gyp&width=720&height=423) and Air Force Link’s live video page (http://www.af.mil/live.asp). No video will be available at these links until the scheduled event times….

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News Briefs – September 13, 2012

Posted  September 14, 2012

Defense contractor relocating to Albuquerque   Defense contractor Air USA is moving is corporate headquarters to New Mexico. Company officials joined Gov. Susana Martinez and Mayor Richard Berry Sept. 12 to announce they are moving from Quincy, Ill., to Albuquerque. The company provides fighter jets and support teams for military training missions. It is expected…

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Business

NASA, The Netherlands aerospace laboratory sign aviation agreements

Posted  September 14, 2012

NASA’s Associate Administrator for Aeronautics Research Jaiwon Shin and National Aerospace Laboratory of The Netherlands General Director Michel Peters signed two cooperative agreements in the field of air traffic management in Amsterdam Sept. 13. “NASA and NLR share a mutual interest in optimizing airport surface traffic,” Shin said. “The collaborative research emanating from these two…

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Underwater construction team conducts assessment of USS Arizona memorial dock

Posted  September 14, 2012

Underwater Construction Team 2, from Port Hueneme, Calif., conducted an assessment of the chains holding the dock next to the USS Arizona Memorial on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Sept. 11. “Today, we’re taking a look at the dock supports,” said Billy Crowe, Park Service diver for the World War II Valor in the Pacific museum….

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Business

Boeing to demonstrate new, enduring capabilities 2012 AFA conference

Posted  September 14, 2012

Boeing will highlight a range of proven and affordable solutions for U.S. Air Force needs during the Air Force Association Air and Space Conference & Technology Exposition Sept. 17-19 at the Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center, National Harbor, Md. “The annual AFA conference gives us an opportunity to hear from airmen about ways to…

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Business

Lockheed Martin Conducts Successful PAC-3 Missile Flight Test at White Sands Missile Range

Posted  September 14, 2012

DALLAS, Sept. 13, 2012 – Lockheed Martin’s [NYSE: LMT] PAC-3 Missile successfully detected, tracked and intercepted an aerodynamic tactical ballistic missile (TBM) target in a test today at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. The test included a ripple fire engagement, utilizing two PAC-3 Missiles against a single target. The first interceptor destroyed the target and…

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