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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.

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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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Spirit AeroSystems aftermarket customer support signs parts agreement with China Airlines

Posted  July 9, 2012

Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. and China Airlines have signed a supply agreement whereby Spirit Aftermarket Customer Support will provide thrust reverser, fuselage, and wing component spare parts for China Airlines’ fleet of Boeing aircraft. This multi-year contract will enable China Airlines to obtain predictable and competitive pricing for all parts in the Spirit Catalog while ensuring…

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SpaceX Dragon utilizes Cooper Interconnect non-explosive actuators

Posted  July 9, 2012

Cooper Interconnect, a leading manufacturer of interconnect solutions, announced July 9 that Space Exploration Technologies utilized Cooper Interconnect non-explosive…

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Raytheon wins U.S. Army Air Soldier System contract

Posted  July 9, 2012

Raytheon has won an award valued at $4.7 million from the U.S. Army for Engineering and Manufacturing Development of the Personal Electronics Computer and Display System in support of the Air Soldier System. The Air Soldier System is the next generation of the Air Warrior System, a U.S. Army rotary-wing air crew ensemble featuring wearable…

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ATK’s GAU-23 30mm automatic cannon receives type classification for use on Air Force AC-130W gunships

Posted  July 9, 2012

ATK’s modified variant of its Mk44 Bushmaster® Automatic Cannon was recently type classified as the GAU-23 by the U.S. Air Force for integration on AC-130W gunships. A rapid prototyping effort quickly provided the USAF with cannons for operational use. ATK’s Mk44 Bushmaster® Automatic Cannon has long been the medium-caliber weapon of choice for the world’s…

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News Briefs – July 9, 2012

Posted  July 9, 2012

U.S. seeks fiber-optic cable for Guantanamo Bay The U.S. military hopes to install a $40 million underwater fiber-optic cable to improve communications at Guantanamo Bay. A spokesman for the Guantanamo military commissions says the cable would run 800 miles from Guantanamo Bay to South Florida. Army Lt. Col. Todd Breasseale said July 9 that the…

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Navy awards Lockheed Martin $27 million contract for additional VLA missiles

Posted  July 9, 2012

The U.S. Navy awarded Lockheed Martin a $27 million, firm-fixed-price contract to produce components for 22 Vertical Launch anti-submarine missiles.

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Raytheon demonstrates WiPAK® on French Navy RAFALE aircraft

Posted  July 9, 2012

Raytheon has successfully demonstrated a wireless method of integrating its combat-proven Enhanced Pavewayâ„¢ II precision-guided bomb on the French Navy RAFALE aircraft. Called WiPAK®, the avionics kit enables integration of Paveway on a variety of aircraft without any modifications to aircraft wiring or changes to the flight and stores management software. “With WiPAK, warfighters can…

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Sikorsky Aerospace Services, INAER Maintenance sign MOU for support of Spanish government rotary fleet

Posted  July 9, 2012

Sikorsky Aerospace Services announced July 9 the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with INAER Maintenance SAU of Spain to explore aircraft maintenance and support opportunities for the Spanish Ministry of Defense. INAER engages in comprehensive fleet Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul services for commercial and military aircraft worldwide. Sikorsky Aerospace Services is the aftermarket business…

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Align Aerospace receives Silver Boeing Performance Excellence Award

Posted  July 9, 2012

Align Aerospace LLC, a global provider of aerospace fasteners, assembly components and supply chain solutions, has received a Boeing Performance Excellence Award. Boeing issues the award annually to recognize suppliers who have achieved superior performance. This year, Boeing recognized a total of 529 suppliers who achieved either a Gold or Silver level BPEA. Based on…

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Unique MEADS mobile testing capability arrives at White Sands Missile Range

Posted  July 9, 2012

A first-of-its-kind mobile test facility has been delivered to White Sands Missile Range, N.M. to support the Medium Extended Air Defense System.

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