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Alloy Surfaces receives two year contract for flare countermeasures
by Stephen Carlson
Washington (UPI) Aug 7, 2017


Alloy Surfaces Co. has received a two year, $29 million contract for MJU-66/B infrared countermeasures, the Department of Defense announced Friday.

The contract will go toward the purchase of flares designed to counter infrared guidance systems on missiles. The work will be conducted in Chester, Penn., and is expected to be completed by June 30, 2020 with $18.4 million was obligated upon contract award.

The MJU-66/B is the standard infrared countermeasure flare for the the C-130, A-10, F-16 and H-60 aircraft. They use Supercool Low Temperature Materials that react with oxygen to generate an infrared signature without needing pyrotechnics to activate.

Flares are designed to create a larger heat source then is generated by the deploying aircraft and divert infrared air-to-air and surface-to-air missiles. They are used by military aircraft in high-threat missile environments around the world.

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Perlan glider reaches 32,500 feet eyes world aviation record
El Calafate, Argentina (SPX) Aug 03, 2017
Airbus Perlan Mission II, an initiative to fly a glider without an engine to the edge of space to collect ground-breaking insights on climate change, weather and high-altitude flight, this week reached a new high altitude in its second season of flight testing in El Calafate, Argentina. Pilots Jim Payne, Morgan Sandercock, Tim Gardner and Miguel Iturmendi have soared the pressurized Perlan ... read more

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