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Composites key to tougher, lighter armaments

The Army is on the cusp of revolutionizing materials that go into armament construction, making for stronger, lighter and more durable weapons, Dr. Andrew Littlefield said.

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AAR awarded new contract from Bell Helicopter Textron to support T64 engines

AAR announced April 22 that Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. awarded its Defense Systems & Logistics business unit a contract providing warehouse and logistics services in support of upgrading T64 engines for the Bell V-280 Valor technical demonstrator aircraft.

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Last MC-130P Combat Shadows in the Pacific retire

The 17th Special Operations Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan, sent off the final two MC-130P Combat Shadows in the Pacific Air Forces to retire on April 15.

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F-22 test squadron recognizes decorated squadron member, Vietnam hero

Base leaders will always attest to the fact that people are what make Edwards AFB a unique place to work.

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NASA unveils celestial fireworks as official image for Hubble 25th Anniversary

The brilliant tapestry of young stars flaring to life resemble a glittering fireworks display in the 25th anniversary NASA Hubble Space Telescope image, released to commemorate a quarter century of exploring the solar system and beyond since its launch April 24, 1990.


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Business

Boeing Business Jets proves range capability with record-setting trans-Pacific flight

Posted  September 17, 2012

Boeing photograph by Geoff Osborne From left: J.J. Choi, Samsung Electronics, BBJ Chief Pilot Rene Gonzalez, pilot Capt. Matt Coleman and BBJ president Captain Steve Taylor set a new world record for “Speed Over a Recognized Course” flying a BBJ non-stop from Los Angeles to Auckland, New Zealand for installation of its VIP interiors. The…

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Sikorsky nears completion of 15 UH-60M helicopters to fulfill Sweden’s ISAF requirement

Posted  September 17, 2012

Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., is planning this month to deliver the final two of 15 UH-60M BLACK HAWK helicopters to the U.S. Army for further transfer to the Swedish Defence Material Administration. All 15 aircraft will have been delivered in just 16 months, a record acquisition pace for a squadron-sized fleet…

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Business

Phyre GOBIGGS(tm) system selected for UH-60 Black Hawk demo

Posted  September 17, 2012

Phyre Technologies, Inc. has been selected by Sikorsky Aircraft to build and demonstrate a Green On-Board Inert Gas Generating Systems(tm) system for the UH-60 Black Hawk, as part of the AATD Combat Tempered Platform Demonstration program. Phyre’s GOBIGGS(tm) is an environmentally friendly, catalytically based fuel tank inerting system designed to significantly reduce fuel tank vulnerability…

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Veterans

As new vets go online, VA and others follow

Posted  September 17, 2012

Busy, tech-savvy and often miles from their peers, thousands of new veterans are going online to find camaraderie or get their questions answered – forcing big changes in long-established veterans groups and inspiring entrepreneurs to launch new ones. “We’re going back to school, we have full-time jobs, we have families and kids,” said Marco Bongioanni,…

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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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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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Events

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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