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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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Northrop Grumman’s SmartNode Pod enhances U.S. Army HARC system in network demonstration

Posted  September 14, 2012

Northrop Grumman successfully completed a series of ground and flight tests demonstrating its SmartNode Pod linked with the U.S. Army’s High Antenna for Radio Communications system can enhance information communication connectivity between ground, air and remote network nodes. During the tests, Northrop Grumman’s aircraft-mounted SmartNode Pod enabled HARC to connect with other ground radio networks…

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Tech

Air Force launches new center at Johns Hopkins

Posted  September 14, 2012

The U.S. Air Force has selected a team led by Johns Hopkins engineers to start a new materials research center of excellence that will develop novel computational and experimental methods to support the next generation of military aircraft. The Center of Excellence on Integrated Material Modeling, CEIMM, will advance the Computational Integrated Materials Science and…

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Defense

Navy to christen second Joint High Speed Vessel

Posted  September 14, 2012

The Navy will christen the Joint High Speed Vessel Choctaw County, named for three U.S. counties, located in Mississippi, Alabama and Oklahoma, which share the county’s name, during a ceremony in Mobile, Ala., Sept. 15. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will deliver the ceremony’s principal address. Women from Ackerman High School’s class of 1966,…

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Business

BAE Systems, EADS confirm combination talks

Posted  September 14, 2012

U.K. defense contractor BAE Systems PLC and European aerospace company EADS NV announced Sept. 12 that they are in talks about combining their businesses. The deal would create a global aerospace and defense giant in a sector facing challenges and uncertainties amid cuts to government defense budgets in Europe and the United States. The merged…

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Space

Mars rover Curiosity arm tests nearly complete

Posted  September 14, 2012

NASA’s Mars Curiosity team is almost finished robotic arm tests in preparation for the rover to touch and examine its first Martian rock. Tests with the 7-foot (2.1-meter) arm have allowed the mission team to gain confidence in the arm’s precise maneuvering in Martian temperature and gravity conditions. During these activities, Curiosity has remained at…

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Missile Defense Agency, Air Force award Raytheon $125 million contract for early warning radar upgrade

Posted  September 12, 2012

The United States and its allies will soon have an enhanced ability to detect and defend against missile launches by hostile nations and entities. The Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Air Force awarded Raytheon a $125.3 million contract to modernize and add new capability to an Air Force early warning radar system. The upgraded EWR,…

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Business

General Dynamics acquires Open Kernel Labs, Inc.

Posted  September 12, 2012

General Dynamics has acquired Open Kernel Labs, Inc., expanding its capabilities as a provider of secure mobile devices for public safety, civilian, military and commercial customers as well as in-vehicle infotainment systems for the commercial market. OK Labs, a Chicago-based, privately held corporation, is a leading provider of virtualization software for securing wireless communications, applications…

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GA-ASI, Tesat partner to develop RPA-to-spacecraft lasercom link

Posted  September 12, 2012

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. and Tesat-Spacecom, a world leader of space-based laser communication, announced Sept. 12 that they have signed a teaming agreement to combine their expertise in the field of RPA laser communication to demonstrate a high-rate RPA-to-spacecraft lasercom link. “New sensors and increased RPA usage will create an increased bandwidth demand for…

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Congress courts veterans leading up to election

Posted  September 12, 2012

Congress is using its relatively few working days before November’s general election to send a message of support to the nation’s 21 million-plus veterans. No legislative breakthroughs are expected, but lawmakers in both parties hope the late push will help them make their case to a critical voting bloc. Senate Democrats are pushing President Barack…

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News Briefs – September 12, 2012

Posted  September 12, 2012

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 1,980 As of Sept. 11, 2012, at least 1,980 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,652 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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