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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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Latest AMRAAM variant achieves key program milestones

Posted  April 10, 2015

Raytheon recently completed two milestones for the newest Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile, the AIM-120D. The U.S. Air Force successfully completed testing and fielded the AIM-120D. The U.S. Navy achieved initial operational capability on the weapon. “AMRAAM is the most capable air-to-air weapon ever produced,” said Ron Krebs, AMRAAM program director for Raytheon Missile Systems….

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Army accepts delivery of first M109A7 self-propelled Howitzer system

Posted  April 10, 2015

Military personnel and defense contractors celebrated delivery of the first low-rate initial production M109A7 Self-Propelled Howitzer to the Army during a ceremony in Elgin, Okla., April 9.

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MDA selects Northrop Grumman for mentor-protégé program

Posted  April 10, 2015

Northrop Grumman has signed a new U.S. Department of Defense mentor-protégé agreement with the Missile Defense Agency mentor-protégé program office in Huntsville. The DOD mentor-protégé program encourages prime contractors to help small businesses increase their participation in federal subcontracts and establish long-term relationships with prime contractors. Under the 36-month agreement, Northrop Grumman will assist QTEC,…

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Air Force seeks to develop next gen paint booth

Posted  April 10, 2015

Aircraft coatings are critical to the operational life of aircraft – enabling heat resistance and coating and corrosion protection. On the new F-35 Lightning II, coatings will require maintenance over the lifetime of the program to meet strict environmental controls and quality finishes. This can be a costly, energy intensive process. As a result, the…

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Boeing acquires 2d3 Sensing to enhance imaging, intelligence services

Posted  April 10, 2015

Boeing has acquired 2d3 Sensing, a wholly owned subsidiary of OMG plc specializing in motion imagery processing of critical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance data generated from aerial platforms. 2d3 Sensing’s software and services are used by the U.S. Air Force and other government and commercial customers. Their products can be found on the ScanEagle and…

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More ground robots to serve alongside soldiers soon

Posted  April 10, 2015

The dawning of a new age of Army ground robots will soon be here, said Scott Davis, program executive officer for Combat Support and Combat Service Support.

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Better Buying Power 3.0 strives to enhance U.S. tech edge

Posted  April 10, 2015

The United States must maintain technological superiority over potential adversaries and competitors, and the latest iteration of the Defense Department’s Better Buying Power initiative is designed to maintain that edge, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work said in Washington, D.C., April 9. Called Better Buying Power 3.0, the program builds on previous versions, Work told Pentagon…

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Small Diameter Bomb II completes system verification review

Posted  April 10, 2015

Raytheon and the U.S. Air Force completed three successful Small Diameter Bomb II program reviews prior to a mid-May Milestone C decision. During March and April, the SDB II team successfully completed a functional configuration audit, a production readiness review and a system verification review. A successful Milestone C brief and decision clears the way…

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CTF, Tunnel 9 continues to make facility the ‘go-to place’

Posted  April 10, 2015

"Tunnel 9 has operated under a Combined Test Force construct from day one at Arnold Engineering Development Complex," said Dan Marren, director of the AEDC White Oak, Md., site.

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North Island gets Fire Scout UAV avionics trainer

Posted  April 10, 2015

The Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit North Island, Calif., now offers a full spectrum of MQ-8C Fire Scout Vertical Take-off Unmanned Aerial Vehicle maintenance instruction with the arrival of their avionics training system March 30. CNATTU North Island is the single training center with the capability to train Fire Scout maintainers, and has…

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