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Northrop, Navy celebrate legacy of EA-6B Prowler

The U.S. Navy's venerable EA-6B Prowler tactical jamming aircraft, designed and built by Northrop Grumman, has been a fixture at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., and in the nation's carrier-based strike forces since 1971.

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NORTHERN EDGE provides environment for testing new capabilities

With 18 experiments and initiatives undergoing field testing in Alaskan training ranges throughout Exercise Northern Edge 15, no other venue is as well suited for high-end operational testing.

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Ogden ALC completes test flight after F-35B STOVL mods

The Ogden Air Logistics Complex in Utah completed an F-35B functional check flight here June 18, 2015, after the first depot-level modifications were completed on two F-35B STOVLs for the Marine Corps.

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Fourth Lockheed Martin-built MUOS secure comm satellite shipped

Delivered by the U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin, the fourth Mobile User Objective System satellite arrived at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, yesterday prior to its expected August launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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AFTC needs to be ‘agile, ready, right’

The Air Force Test Center added a page to its three-year history June 18 when Maj. Gen. David A. Harris stepped into the role of commander. Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski, commander of Air Force Materiel Command, presided as the center transitioned to a new leader for the very first time.


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Space

Expedition 43 crew departs space station, lands safely in Kazakhstan

Posted  June 12, 2015

Three crew members of the International Space Station returned to Earth June 11 after a 199-day mission that included several spacewalks, technology demonstrations, and hundreds of scientific experiments spanning multiple disciplines, including human and plant biology. Expedition 43 Commander Terry Virts of NASA, Flight Engineers Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and…

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Boeing, Myanmar National Airlines celebrate first Next-Generation 737-800 delivery

Posted  June 12, 2015

Boeing and Myanmar National Airlines celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first Next-Generation 737-800 leased from GE Capital Aviation Services, the commercial aircraft leasing arm of GE. The celebration also marked the first all-new Boeing airplane to be delivered to any Myanmar-based airline. The airplane is the first to feature Myanmar National Airlines’ new livery…

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Stryker brigade tests Gray Eagle’s advanced communications gear

Posted  June 12, 2015

Soldiers have put the MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft system, or UAS, through its paces this month using advanced ground controls.

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Constitutional questions grow over Japan PM’s military plans

Posted  June 12, 2015

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s pledge to the U.S. to increase Japan’s military contribution internationally is facing more questions about potential conflicts with the nation’s pacifist Constitution. Opposition lawmakers demanded answers from key Cabinet members at a hearing June 10, after three prominent constitution experts–including one chosen by Abe’s ruling party–unanimously told a parliamentary committee…

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Business

Raytheon completes milestones on path to production-ready GaN-based AESA Patriot

Posted  June 12, 2015

Militaries of the future will soon have access to a single radar capable of protecting troops’ backs from threats such as ballistic and cruise missiles, and drones. Raytheon recently completed a series of milestones, bringing the combat-proven Patriot Air and Missile Defense System with 360-degrees of coverage one step closer to production readiness. The milestones…

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Boeing, Army contract extends successful public-private support partnership

Posted  June 12, 2015

Boeing has received a five-year contract extending the company’s partnership with Corpus Christi Army Depot. The public-private agreement supports the overhaul of complex parts for U.S. Army AH-64 Apaches and CH-47 Chinooks and provides the Army direct access to Boeing’s expertise in platform service and supply networks. The contract includes a base year plus four…

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NASA’s Hubble Telescope detects ‘sunscreen’ layer on distant planet

Posted  June 12, 2015

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has detected a stratosphere, one of the primary layers of Earth’s atmosphere, on a massive and blazing-hot exoplanet known as WASP-33b. The presence of a stratosphere can provide clues about the composition of a planet and how it formed. This atmospheric layer includes molecules that absorb ultraviolet and visible light, acting…

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DHS student awarded DAR bronze medal

Posted  June 10, 2015

Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber Cadet Lt. Col. Krista Antonio was awarded a bronze medal from the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution for her record of military and scholastic achievement as member of the Desert High School JROTC. The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution has presented…

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Headlines June 10, 2015

Posted  June 10, 2015

News: Obama plan could send 1,000 more U.S. troops to Iraq – A day after President Obama was criticized for saying he lacked a “complete strategy” for training Iraqi troops, the White House tried gamely to explain June 9 what he really meant.   Business: U.S. Air Force to use new Lockheed spacecraft for next…

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News Briefs June 10, 2015

Posted  June 10, 2015

Governor vetoes bill limiting Nevada National Guard benefits Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval has issued his first veto from the 2015 legislative session on a relatively obscure bill dealing with life insurance premiums for Nevada National Guard members. Sandoval opted June 8 to prevent AB472 from becoming law. The measure unanimously passed the Senate and Assembly…

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