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F-16 test pilots hit the ‘road’ to help train USAFE pilots

Two F-16 test pilots from the 416th Flight Test Squadron recently returned from a "roadshow" to Europe where they provided High Angle of Attack academics to U.S. Air Forces in Europe pilots.

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Its reign in the fleet over, naval Sea King helicopter now rests at Pax Museum

Navy photograph At more than 54 feet in length with a 62-foot rotor diameter, the mighty SH-3A Sea King helicopter sits in its final spot at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum. Designed as an anti-submarine warfare helicopter, the aircraft holds a number of aviation firsts, including the first twin-turbine helicopter and the first all-weather…

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New Boeing Avionics Facility to enhance ROKAF readiness, affordability

Boeing formally opened a new avionics maintenance and repair center in the Yeongcheon Industry District of Daegu-Gyeongbuk Free Economic Zone May 28.

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Air Force certifies SpaceX for national security space missions

Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, commander of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center and Air Force program executive officer for space, has announced the certification of Space Exploration Technologies Corporation's Falcon 9 Launch System for national security space missions.

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Boeing awarded first-ever commercial human spaceflight mission

NASA issued a task order as part of Boeing’s $4.2 billion Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contract recently to include the company’s first-ever service flight to the International Space Station. The award marks the first time in human spaceflight history NASA has contracted with a commercial company for a human spaceflight mission. This occasion will go…


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New TOW missile achieves 100th direct hit in latest testing

Posted  October 22, 2012

Raytheon and the U.S. Army achieved excellence in recent flight tests of the tube-launched, optically-tracked, wireless missile. In September, the team scored its 100th TOW hit, which marked the successful engagement of 100 out of 100 targets. During the testing program, which began in 2011, several missiles hit targets beyond 4,000 meters with zero inches…

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Honeywell’s Spectra Shield(r) ballistic material to improve U.S. Army helicopter armor

Posted  October 22, 2012

Honeywell announced Oct. 22 that its Spectra Shield(r) ballistic material will be used to improve armor protection on U.S. Army helicopters. The Protective Group, Inc., a leading developer and integrator of lightweight composite armor for military aircraft, is incorporating Spectra Shield material into armor upgrades for U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk and CH-47 Chinook helicopters….

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Army chooses Raytheon to provide Thermal Weapon Sights

Posted  October 22, 2012

Raytheon photograph Thermal Weapon Sights: Raytheon Company was selected by the U.S. Army to provide Thermal Weapon Sights with enhanced capabilities so soldiers can better detect and engage targets day or night. In a competition against two other suppliers, Raytheon was selected by the U.S. Army to provide Thermal Weapon Sights with enhanced capabilities so…

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Boeing EMARSS risk reduction prototype makes first flight

Posted  October 22, 2012

Boeing completed the first flight of the Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System Risk Reduction Prototype aircraft Oct. 6, a critical step required to support a comprehensive U.S. Federal Aviation Administration flight test program. The aircraft, a Hawker Beechcraft King Air 350ER, has been modified to replicate the design of the EMARSS aircraft’s external…

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Raytheon’s BattleGuard(r) demonstrates accuracy of target identification and engagement

Posted  October 22, 2012

During a recent test at Fort Benning, Ga., Raytheon’s BattleGuard modular weapon station struck targets with every burst of ammunition fired, proving its precision engagement capability under both stationary and moving engagement scenarios. The maturity of the BattleGuard system was demonstrated at a live-fire exercise on an A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle by engaging troop and…

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Air Force releases RFP for next search and rescue helicopter

Posted  October 22, 2012

The Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition announced Oct. 22 the posting of the Combat Rescue Helicopter Request for Proposal to the Federal Business Opportunities website, signaling the official launch of this high priority Air Force acquisition program. The RFP defines an integrated, capability-based, best-value approach. It also includes specific…

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NASA Commercial Crew Partner Blue Origin completes pad escape test

Posted  October 22, 2012

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program partner Blue Origin conducted a successful pad escape test Oct. 19 at the company’s West Texas launch site, firing its pusher-escape motor and launching a full-scale suborbital crew capsule from a simulated propulsion module. The test was part of Blue Origin’s work supporting its funded Space Act Agreement with NASA during…

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Northrop Grumman unveils MAV-L ground mobility vehicle for U.S. Special Forces competition

Posted  October 22, 2012

Northrop Grumman unveiled its offering for the U.S. Special Forces Command Ground Mobility Vehicle 1.1 competition Oct. 22 at the Association of the United States Army conference in Washington, D.C. The Northrop Grumman vehicle is known as the Medium Assault Vehicle – Light. Northrop Grumman teamed with BAE Systems and Pratt & Miller Engineering for…

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MEADS friend or foe identification system completes certification testing

Posted  October 22, 2012

The tri-national Medium Extended Air Defense System has successfully completed certification testing for its advanced Mode 5 Identification Friend or Foe system at Pratica di Mare Air Force Base in Italy. All friend or foe identification scenarios were fully tested in collaboration with the U.S. Air Traffic Control Radar Beacon System Identification Friend or Foe…

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Raytheon’s RAM Block 2 successful in double-fire test

Posted  October 22, 2012

Raytheon’s Rolling Airframe Missile Block 2 successfully completed its third guided test vehicle flight, further demonstrating the system’s upgraded kinematic performance, guidance system and airframe capabilities. The test also verified the use of RAM production-representative hardware. Designed to represent a salvo operation, the test included the firing of two missiles to verify the command and…

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