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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.

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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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Navy continues to make dumb bombs smarter

Posted  September 7, 2012

The fleet is addressing the evolving needs of modern day warfare by converting the traditional unguided bomb with a near-precision guided “smart” weapon. The Navy recently awarded a $23 million full-rate production contract to Boeing Inc. for the Laser Joint Direct Attack Munition (Laser JDAM), after successfully completing integrated test. The weapon expands the capability…

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ATK, United Launch Alliance successfully test GEM-60 motor

Posted  September 7, 2012

ATK and United Launch Alliance conducted a successful cold-temperature ground test Sept. 6 of a Graphite Epoxy Motor (GEM-60) solid rocket motor used to boost ULA’s Delta IV launch vehicles. The 60-inch diameter and 53-feet long motor, which was chilled to a core temperature of 30 degrees F, performed as designed, producing approximately 270,000 pounds…

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Tricare won’t return Walgreen to pharmacy network

Posted  September 7, 2012

The military health insurance plan Tricare says Walgreen’s drugstore chain, the largest in the U.S., will not be part of the network where plan members can get their prescriptions filled. Tricare did not give a reason for its decision, which was posted in an announcement on its website. It said its network currently includes more…

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NASA’s Global Hawk mission begins with flight Hurricane Leslie

Posted  September 7, 2012

NASA has begun its latest hurricane science field campaign by flying an unmanned Global Hawk aircraft over Hurricane Leslie in the Atlantic Ocean during a day-long flight from California to Virginia. With the Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel mission, NASA for the first time will be flying Global Hawks from the U.S. East Coast. The…

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Pentagon welcomes new chief of National Guard Bureau

Posted  September 7, 2012

Cabinet secretaries, service chiefs and other government and military leaders gathered Sept. 7 for a Pentagon ceremony marking a change in leaders for the nation’s National Guard Bureau. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke during the event marking the end of Air Force Gen. Craig R. McKinley’s term…

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News Briefs – September 7, 2012

Posted  September 7, 2012

Colorado loses bid to speed destruction of weapons A federal court says Colorado doesn’t have the authority to set a deadline for the Army to destroy chemical weapons stored at the Pueblo Chemical Depot. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals Sept. 5 upheld a lower court’s decision throwing out the state’s lawsuit. Colorado argued that…

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F-35A reaches ‘huge milestone’ in program development

Posted  September 7, 2012

Air Force officials begin their F-35A Lightning II Operational Utility Evaluation Sept. 10, an instrumental step in beginning joint strike fighter pilot and maintenance training for the service. Two 33rd Fighter Wing pilots from Elgin Air Force Base, Fla.; along with two Air Force test pilots, will conduct the review expected to last approximately 65…

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Fury(r) 1500 UAS achieves full data rate SATCOM video link

Posted  September 7, 2012

AME Unmanned Air Systems announced Sept. 7 that the Fury 1500 UAS has become the first truly tactical UAS to downlink live video over Satellite Communications. A Fury(r) aircraft transmitted full-motion video to a ground terminal over a high bandwidth commercial SATCOM link. Fury 1500 was developed at AME’s UAS facility in San Luis Obispo,…

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Aerotech Newsradio September 6, 2012

Posted  September 7, 2012

Thank you for listening. Our guest is Andrew Nelson, C.O.O. of Xcor.

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News briefs – September 6th, 2012

Posted  September 6, 2012

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 1,974   As of Sept. 4, 2012, at least 1,974 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 1,650 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a…

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