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Aerospace
 Attack Aircraft
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A tactical aircraft designed to intercept and destroy enemy aircraft and/or missiles.

 

Aerospace
 Avionics
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A term that means "Aviation Electronics" that refers to wide variety of cockpit instruments such has communications (radio and data links), sensor systems(radar, infrared devices, and signal-relay equipment), computer displays, processors, and data recorders, navigation equipment, and flight management systems (fuel indicators, engine controls, and fight management software.

 

Aerospace
 Ballistic Missile
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A missile without self-contained guidance or propulsion systems that follows a free trajectory after being fired.

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Aerospace
 Bomber
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A military aircraft designed to carry and release large bombs at high altitudes.

 

Aerospace
 Booster
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A motor that aids the normal propulsion system of a rocket or vehicle in some phase of flight as in a launch vehicle.

 

Aerospace
 Cruise Missile
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A long range, jet-propelled, electronically guided submarine, aircraft, or sea launched missile that is capable at operating at very low altitudes.

 

Aerospace
 Fighter Aircraft
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A military jet designed primarily to engage in air-to-air combat.

 

Aerospace
 Fuselage
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The central structure of an aircraft which houses crew, passengers, and or cargo.

 

Aerospace
 Stealth
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The ability of aircraft, arsine vessels, or other military hardware to evade radar detection, primarily using electronic systems, special materials, or through an aerodynamic shape.

 

Aerospace
 Tactical Mission
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A military action designed to have an immediate effect in a conflict situation, as opposed to a long term strategic mission.

 

Aerospace
 Turboprop
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A gas turbine engine that employs a portion of its drive to Rotate a propeller. This also refers to an aircraft with such an engine.

 

Aerospace
 Guided Missile
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A missile directed by electronic signals or other means.

 

Aerospace
 Range
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The distance an aircraft can travel before needing to refuel.

 

Aerospace
 Narrowbody
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A passenger jet with one aisle in its cabin.

 

Aerospace
 Widebody
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A passenger jet with two aisles in its cabin.

 

Aerospace
 Launch Vehicle
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An assembly of booster engines and guidance and control systems used to launch spacecraft into outer space.

 

Aerospace
 Sensor
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Electronic equipment such as radar that can detect the presence of airborne, land-based, and sea-based objects.

 

Aerospace
 Satellite
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An unmanned Earth-orbiting space craft that relays communications, video, or data signals to other satellites or terrestrial dish antennas.

 

Aerospace
 Nuclear Weapons
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Weapons of mass destruction powered by nuclear fission that produce enormous radiation emitting explosions such has atomic bombs and hydrogen bombs. Tactical nuclear weapons can have the power of a fraction of a kiloton of TNT. Weapons can produce thousands of kilotons of force.

 

Aerospace
 Green deliveries
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Aircraft delivered to a customer in some degree of completion but just short of a finished aircraft. Usually green deliveries lack a final coat of paint and have unfinished exteriors.

 

Aerospace
 Buy-In
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A process used by different branches of the U.S. military where services understate the ultimate cost of a weapons program in order to win congressional support for the project.

 

Aerospace
 Whitetails
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Commercial jets with tails that have yet to be painted with the airline's logo. These are new planes that have not been delivered to the customer.

 

Aerospace
 Transport
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A commercial or military aircraft designed principally for the movement of people or cargo.

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Aerospace
 Thrust Reverser
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A jet engine component used to slow an aircraft by changing the direction of the engine's power or thrust.

 

Aerospace
 Rocket Engine
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An engine that can operate outside of the earth's atmosphere because it carries with it al the substances necessary for combustion.

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Aerospace
 Residual Value Guarantee
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A pledge by an aircraft manufacturer to pay the difference between an aircraft's agreed upon resale price and its market price when the airline decides to dispose of the aircraft.

 

Aerospace
 Reconnaissance Aircraft
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An aircraft equipped for photographic and/or electronic reconnaissance missions to find information about an enemy's position , installations, and military organization.

 

Aerospace
 Radar
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A method for the detection and tracking of objects by emitting radio waves and timing the return of reflected waves.

 

Aerospace
 Piston Engine
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An internal combustion engine in which thermal energy is released when fuel is burned and converted into mechanical energy. A combustible mixture is compressed in a cylinder and ignited, thrusting down a piston that imparts a rotary motion to a crankshaft.

 

Aerospace
 Downselect
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The U.S. Defense Department's choice of weapon systems proposal from among a pool of designs submitted by defense contractors.

 

Aerospace
 Budget Outlays
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Funds that a government agency spends in a given year. These funds can be obtained from a new budget authority, left over budget authority from a prior year, or another agency's unspent funds fro ma prior year that were transferred to the agency.

 

Aerospace
 Jet Engine
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An engine in which air is taken from the outside , compressed , heated buy combustion of fuel, and expanded in a jet or turbine , and expelled from the jet at a much higher velocity than the intake velocity.

 

Aerospace