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Successful Surface to Surface engagement test of the Griffin Missile System (GMS) on PC USS Monsoon.
Friday, 15 March 2013 12:50

Source: Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division

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Surface to Surface engagement test of the Griffin-B Missile System (GMS) on PC USS Monsoon with extended Quick Reaction Assement Video segments. 


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AC-130 Whiskey | Deadliest Tech
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 13:16

Source: AC-130 Whiskey | Deadliest Tech

January 9, 2013 - Military Channel

"With its advanced targeting capabilities and super precise and effective weapons systems the AC-130 Whiskey is the perfect aerial companion to ground-based elite forces." 


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MC-130J to AC-130J Conversions - The most fearsome weapon is evolving
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 12:23

Source:: Raquel Sanchez
Air Force Special Operations Command Public Affairs

January 9, 2013 - HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. (AFNS) -- The first MC-130J Commando II to be converted into Air Force Special Operations Command's newest variant of the gunship, the AC-130J Ghostrider arrived at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Modifications to the airframe will be completed in 10 months and will be a milestone in the recapitalization of the AC-130H/U fleet.

The AC-130J Ghostrider will inherit the AC-130W Stinger II's precision strike package, which was developed in a coordinated effort with the Naval Surface Warfare Center  Dahlgren Division to support ground forces in overseas contingency operations. The precision strike package includes dual electro-optical infrared sensors, a 30-mm cannon, griffin missiles, all-weather synthetic aperture radar and small diameter bomb capabilities. The sensors allow the gunship to visually or electronically identify friendly ground forces and targets at any time, even in adverse weather.

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HART Receives AS9100C / ISO9001-2008 Certification
Monday, 09 July 2012 14:14

AS9100C / ISO9001:2008 : The HART Quality Management System was sucessfully certified as fully compliant with all elements of the AS9100C standard by BSI America in July of 2012. AS9100 is a widely adopted and standardized quality management system for aerospace systems designers and manufacturers which was broadened to include Defense and Space under revision AS9100C released in 2009. Achieving CMMI Level 3, AS9100C and ISO 9001-2008 certification reflects the completion of a multi year upgrade to our Quality Management System and reflects our ongoing commitment to deliver the highest quality products and services to our customers. 

HART receives IPC-610E Instructor Certification
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:26

HART Techologies is pleased to announce that five HART employees successfully completed the Certified Instructor Training for IPC-A-610, Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies.

IPC-A-610, the international standard for product acceptance criteria for consumer and high reliability printed wiring assemblies, is a critical tool in the overall HART Quality Management System and the certification of these team members enable HART to provide ongoing Certified IPC Specialist (CIS) training to HART employees, customers and team mates as we strive to continually improve the reliability and quality of our products and services.

IPC-A-610, Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies is the most widely used standard published by the IPC and has an international reputation as the source for end product acceptance criteria for high reliability printed wiring assemblies.

For additional information on IPC-610E, refer to: http://www.ipc.org/contentpage.aspx?pageid=IPC-A-610.

Harvest Hawk brings Marine aviation community together in Afghanistan
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 02:10

Source: Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System (DVIDS). Date: 12.14.2011

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - The Marine Corps Harvest Hawk isn’t the average KC-130J Hercules. C-130 aircraft have been used by the U.S. military for more than 50 years. The Marines in Afghanistan use the KC-130J Hercules for aerial resupply, aerial refueling, battlefield illumination, and troop and cargo transport.

In addition to its ability to accomplish traditional Hercules missions, the Harvest Hawk comes loaded with AGM-114 Hellfire missiles and an infrared targeting system.

The Marines in Afghanistan use this versatile variant of one of the Corps’ most venerable aircraft to provide close-air support and surveillance for ground troops. The Harvest Hawk system adds close-air support to the long list of capabilities, including aerial refueling and battlefield illumination, of the Marine Corps' largest aircraft.

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US Navy Fact File: MK 46 - 30mm Gun Weapon System
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 02:50

Source: Office of Corporate Communications, Naval Sea Systems Command Washington Navy Yard, D.C. 20376 Date: 2 November 2011

Description: The MK 46 is a Naval derivative of the 30mm gun turret originally designed for the USMC Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle. The MK 46 GWS is a remotely operated naval gun system that uses a 30mm high velocity cannon, a forward looking infrared sensor, a low light television camera, and a laser rangefinder for shipboard self defense against small, high speed surface targets. The gun can be operated locally at the gun turret or remotely at the Remote Operating Console in the Combat Information Center (LPD 17 class)/Mission Control Center (LCS class).

Background: The requirements documents for the LPD 17 and LCS ship programs included the need for weapons systems capable of defeating small, fast, highly maneuverable surface craft. The MK 46 GWS was selected to provide these ships a capability against small surface craft. The MK 46 GWS is permanently installed aboard LPD 17 class ships. It is part of the Surface Warfare (SuW) mission module for LCS class ships.

The MK 46 Mod 2 GWS incorporates new open architecture, fault isolation software and an embedded trainer. The Navy is installing the MK 46 Mod 2 GWS aboard LPD 17 class ships during construction. The Navy designed and developed the SuW mission module for LCS class ships. Two SuW mission modules (each including one MK 46 Mod 2 GWS) will be installed on each LCS class ship

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KC-130J Harvest Hawk: Marine Corps teaches old plane new tricks in Afghanistan
Friday, 01 April 2011 02:21

Source: Staff Sgt. Christopher Flurry , 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd). Date: 04-01-2011

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan — One of the U.S. military's most seasoned aircraft has found a new purpose as a one-of-a-kind weapon for the Marine Corps in support of troops on the ground in Afghanistan.

The U.S. military has relied on the C-130 Hercules platform for a variety of tasks including air-to-air refueling, and cargo and troop transportation for more than 50 years. But the Marine Corps, in partnership with Lockheed-Martin, has recently created a unique variant of its KC-130J by outfitting an existing plane with what has been dubbed the Harvest Hawk weapons system.

"It's a brand new capability for the Marine Corps and it's proving itself very well," said Capt. Joel D. Dunivant, a KC-130J aircraft commander with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 352 out of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., who is currently deployed to Afghanistan. "I've been a KC-130 pilot my whole time in the Marine Corps, but this is a new capability for us to support the Marines on the ground."

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Dragon Spear Joint Acquisition Team Named 2011 William J. Perry Precision Strike Award Winner
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 00:00

Congratulations to NSWCDD  and the Project Dragon Spear Team on their win of the 15th Annual William J. Perry Award from the Precision Strike Association!

Source: Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division - News. Date: 2011-02-23

The Project Dragon Spear Joint Acquisition Task Force Team was awarded the 15th Annual William J. Perry Award at the annual Precision Strike Association Review on 23 February, in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida.

The Perry Award recognizes leadership or achievement that results in significant contributions to the development, introduction or support of precision strike systems. The Dragon Spear team was cited for significant contributions that have led to the strengthening of our national security by direct application of precision strike capabilities to Department of Defense (DoD) systems and to the enhancement of our industrial technology base for application to precision strike technology.

The Dragon Spear team, which includes members from the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division, is a consortium of high energy teams led by United States Special Operation Command (USSOCOM) that were brought together to rapidly field Dragon Spear under a Combat Mission Need Statement (CMNS).

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