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Americas On October 28, NASA’s C-130 Hercules successfully touched down at McMurdo Station in Antarctica, completing a crucial leg of its journey to deliver the Galactic/Extragalactic ULDB Spectroscopic Terahertz Observatory (GUSTO). This observatory is part of NASA’s Astrophysics Explorers Program and will be launched on a scientific balloon mission in December 2023. The mission’s journey began on October 17 when the C-130 made its first stop at Fort Cavazos, Texas, to load the GUSTO observatory and its instrument team. Along the way, the aircraft made additional stops for servicing and crew rest, including Travis Air Force Base, California; Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii; Pago Pago, American Samoa; and Christchurch, New Zealand, before reaching its final destination, McMurdo, Antarctica. KT Consulting won a $12 million modification to exercise Option Year 1 for F-15E, F-16, and F-22A contract aircrew training and courseware development. The modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $59,700,952. Work will be performed at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia; Mountain Home AFB, Idaho; Shaw AFB, South Carolina; and Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina, and is expected to be completed by December 31, 2024. Middle East and Africa Jordan has asked the United States to deploy […]
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On October 28, NASA’s C-130 Hercules successfully touched down at McMurdo Station in Antarctica, completing a crucial leg of its journey to deliver the Galactic/Extragalactic ULDB Spectroscopic Terahertz Observatory (GUSTO). This observatory is part of NASA’s Astrophysics Explorers Program and will be launched on a scientific balloon mission in December 2023. The mission’s journey began on October 17 when the C-130 made its first stop at Fort Cavazos, Texas, to load the GUSTO observatory and its instrument team. Along the way, the aircraft made additional stops for servicing and crew rest, including Travis Air Force Base, California; Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii; Pago Pago, American Samoa; and Christchurch, New Zealand, before reaching its final destination, McMurdo, Antarctica.

KT Consulting won a $12 million modification to exercise Option Year 1 for F-15E, F-16, and F-22A contract aircrew training and courseware development. The modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $59,700,952. Work will be performed at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia; Mountain Home AFB, Idaho; Shaw AFB, South Carolina; and Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina, and is expected to be completed by December 31, 2024.

Middle East and Africa

Jordan has asked the United States to deploy Patriot air defense systems on its soil, according to Jordanian Army spokesman Brig. Gen. Mustafa Hiyari. “This system is an expensive system, and there’s no way to provide it with local resources,” he told state media October 29.

Europe

Airbus Defence & Space has secured $1.27 billion in deals for communication upgrades and maintenance of the French Air Force A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) fleet. A contract will see the extension of capability enhancement services for the communication and sell-protection systems of the MRTTs.

French fighter jets taxied alongside the Romanian Air Force after thundering through the sky above the Fetesti air base as NATO bolsters its military presence in member country Romania, bordering Ukraine. NATO has also intensified its joint drills along the defense bloc’s wider eastern flank — which encompasses eight member countries — spanning from Estonia and Latvia bordering Russia in the east to Romania and Bulgaria on the Black Sea.

Asia-Pacific

Pakistan has successfully conducted a training launch of a Ghauri medium-range ballistic missile. The military’s media branch, Inter Services Public Relations Pakistan, said Tuesday’s test was intended to determine the “operational and technical readiness of Army Strategic Forces Command.” ASFC operates Pakistan’s land-based, nonconventional ballistic and cruise missiles, most of which can be armed with nuclear warheads.

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