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Aug 16, 2021
The contract could pave the way for follow-on integration of the system into more advanced combat and aggressor training aircraft such as the Lockheed Martin F-16.
Aug 03, 2021
Vietnam’s People’s Air Force (VPAF) could receive six Textron/Beechcraft T-6 Texan II turboprop trainers after the U.S. Air Force published a Request For Information (RFI) for three aircraft in late July.

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Aircraft & Propulsion

Oct 11, 2021
Israeli companies are rolling out a 600-gal. external fuel tank and a fifth-to-fourth-generation communication system as export options for the Lockheed Martin F-35. 
Oct 11, 2021
Reliability of the 18 Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning IIs embarked on the Royal Navy’s aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth operating in the Asia-Pacific region have met and sometimes exceed expectations, officials say.
Oct 11, 2021
Textron Systems has unveiled a new version of the Aerosonde unmanned aircraft system (UAS) with a 25-lb. payload capacity to compete for a U.S. Army…
Oct 11, 2021
Australia has requested 12 more Sikorsky MH-60R naval helicopters to supplement its existing fleet. 
Oct 11, 2021
U.S. battery startup Lyten is looking to electric aircraft as a potential early market for its energy-dense lithium-sulfur batteries as it scales up to meet expected demand from the automotive industry by 2025-26.

Space

Oct 12, 2021
The customer slated to launch on the first flight of United Launch Alliance’s Vulcan rocket now expects to fly in mid-2022.
Oct 12, 2021
Major small-satellite launcher Rocket Lab is making good on plowing some of its new publicly provided cash haul into bolt-on acquisitions.
Oct 12, 2021
The cargo ship transporting the James Webb Space Telescope arrived in French Guiana on Oct. 12, completing a 1,500-mi. journey that sets the stage for the observatory’s launch aboard an Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket on Dec. 18.
Oct 12, 2021
Airbus has started production of the UK’s new £500 million ($679.5 million) Skynet 6A satellite, which is due for launch in 2025. 
Oct 12, 2021
UK space launch startup Skyrora has signed agreements to use the SaxaVord spaceport on the Shetland Islands for satellite launch as early as 2022.

Missile Defense & Weapons

Sep 29, 2021
North Korea says that it successfully launched a hypersonic missile, designated Hwasong-8, on the morning of Sept. 28. 
Sep 27, 2021
The test by DARPA’s Hypersonic Air-breathings Weapon Concept is a key step on path to fielding a follow-on hypersonic cruise missile by the U.S. and Australian air forces later in this decade. 
Sep 27, 2021
Astraius wants to use a Boeing C-17 airlifter to conduct horizontal launch of its Hera II two-stage launch vehicle, which is an adaptation of the Hera target missile used by the U.S. Defense Department to test missile defense systems.
Sep 24, 2021
The Joint Counter-small Unmanned Aerial System Office and the U.S. Army’s Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office recently completed a second demonstration of systems that can help counter small drones as the military faces a sense of urgency to stop this threat.
Sep 24, 2021
Los Angeles-area Karman Missile & Space Systems, a budding mid-tier supplier to defense primes, has bought Systima Technologies, which is claimed to be one of the few companies worldwide that can integrate energetic and mechanical systems into the structural design of space or hypersonic systems.

Sensors & Electronic Warfare

Sep 10, 2021
Northrop Grumman has demonstrated a multifunctional datalink featuring a compact, hexagonal array and a stealthy waveform, with the goal of offering a new retrofit option for existing combat aircraft and a new networking tool for future combat aircraft.
Sep 07, 2021
Communications & Power Industries, the space and defense technology roll up owned by Odyssey Investment Partners, will acquire Essco, which designs and manufactures specialty radomes and composite structures, from L3Harris Technologies.
Sep 07, 2021
BAE Systems has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to design a full-scale demonstrator concept that would use active flow control technology.
Sep 02, 2021
Nicolas Chaillan, the U.S. Air Force’s first chief software officer, announced his resignation Sept. 2 in a lengthy social media post calling out the service for not effectively funding and prioritizing cybersecurity efforts, and the Pentagon for refusing to put money behind initiatives that officials claim are priorities.
Sep 02, 2021
Leonardo’s Osprey flat-panel active electronically scanned array radar has been adopted for use by Canada’s National Aerial Surveillance Program to patrol the country’s vast coastline.

Supply chain

Apr 07, 2021
The U.S. Air Force has selected Collins Aerospace to design a new wheel and carbon brake system for the B-52 as part of the aircraft’s life extension program.
Apr 01, 2021
Area-I’s offerings include its Altius UAV, whose current customers include the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy, Special Operations Command and NASA.
Mar 04, 2021
The bipartisan task force will review the industrial base supply chain to identify threats and vulnerabilities.
Mar 01, 2021
Canadian pilot training and simulator leader CAE has announced its fourth acquisition in as many months, marking a major move into the U.S. military market with the purchase of rival L3Harris Military Training for $1.05 billion, the companies said March 1.
Feb 24, 2021
Italian flagship aerospace and defense company Leonardo has reiterated its intent to sell off its Arlington, Virginia-based U.S. operations called DRS, marking the second time since last fall that the company has commented on the sales effort.

Budget, Policy & Operations

Oct 05, 2021
The test marked the first time since the end of World War II that a fixed-wing aircraft has operated from a Japanese warship. 
Oct 01, 2021
The Pentagon wants to get a better handle on addressing the challenge of climate change, starting with next year’s budget request.
Oct 01, 2021
The 495th Fighter Squadron joins one Boeing F-15C and two F-15E now in the 48th Fighter Wing at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England.
Oct 01, 2021
The U.S. State Department has given the go-ahead to sell a single Boeing EA-18G Growler to Australia to replace an aircraft that was written off after an engine fire in 2018.  
Sep 30, 2021
Congress on Sept. 30 approved a continuing resolution to fund the government through Dec. 3, just hours before an impending government shutdown.