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First AWACS With Digital Intstruments

From Defense Media:

Boeing delivered the first of 14 E-3A Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft with cockpit upgrades to NATO earlier this week.

The Communication Navigation Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) digital flight deck and avionics enhancements bring the aircraft into compliance with current and future air traffic control and navigation requirements along with other upgrades, and allows the flight crew to be reduced by one.

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A-4 Skyhawk Anniversary

From Defense Media Network:

Tinkertoy, Scooter, Bantam Bomber, Mighty Midget, Mighty Mite, Heinemann’s Hot Rod, and other affectionate names were given to the A-4 Skyhawk, which first flew on June 22, 1954, and in fact the Douglas Aircraft Company’s Edward H. Heinemann had the design so right that Skyhawks are still in service today.

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Problems With The Harrier Jump Jet

From Wired:

Developed in the 1960s, the Harrier is marvelous for its ability to hover like a helicopter. The jet engine pumps air through four nozzles, two on each side of the fuselage, right under the wings. They rotate to propel the plane forward or straight up, allowing for very short takeoffs and vertical landings, and unchaining the plane from the need for long runways. The Harrier can operate out of clearings in the jungle (think Vietnam), a landing dock designed for helicopters, or downtown Miami (where Arnold Schwarzenegger uses one to win the day in “True Lies”).

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Attack on Camp Bastion: The Destruction of VMA-211

From: Defense Media

The attack on Camp Bastion began at around 10:00 PM local time, when about 20 Taliban fighters approached the perimeter, disguised in U.S. battle dress uniforms. One of the Taliban used his explosive suicide vest to blow a hole in the perimeter fence, which reportedly allowed three five-man sapper squads into the secured areas of the base. Armed with AK-47s, RPG-7s and explosive suicide vests, the Taliban fighters flooded into the U.S. area known as Camp Barber.


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Marines To Turn Tankers into Gunships

According to Defense Industry Daily, the Marines are considering a plan that would allow them to transform their C-130 tankers into gunships without having to purchase AC-130s.


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Army Aviation Summit June 28-30

Army Aviation Summit

Army Aviation Summit

Preparing Army Aviation for the Future
The US Army has been making great strides in Aviation advancement. Due to the mountainous terrain and extreme climate conditions faced in the Afghan and Pakistani theaters, The US Army has increased focus and resources on Helicopters and UAVs to provide support, transportation, intelligence, deadly force and to rescue troops as they combat the insurgency.

IDGA’s Army Aviation 2010 is the premier event in the US that examines the link between emerging requirements, technology, and the long term focus of US Army Aviation Programs. Through a combination of technical examination sessions and key case studies, we will identify performance of current aviation systems platforms, potential growth areas, and the long term focus of the US Army Aviation community.



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