KAI Proposes Electric And  Turboprop Black Kite Variants

By Kim Minseok Oct 19, 2021
The propeller-driven trainer and light-attack aircraft is designed to replace South Korea's KT-1.
Light Attack and Advanced Training

Ramjet-Powered Artillery Moves Beyond Experimental Status

By Steve Trimble Oct 18, 2021
A decade-long investment by Nammo in solid-fuel ramjets has proven the feasibility of the technology for artillery applications.
Missile Defense & Weapons

U.S. Air Force Wants New Missile Warning System For HH-60W

By Brian Everstine Oct 15, 2021
The U.S. Air Force wants a new missile warning and directed infrared countermeasure system on its new HH-60W Jolly Green II combat rescue helicopter to replace the original equipment that meets requirements but does not meet current and future threats. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

USAF Clears KC-46 To Operationally Refuel F-15s, F-16s

By Brian Everstine Oct 15, 2021
The U.S. Air Force has cleared its troubled KC-46 to operationally refuel F-15s and F-16s as part of its ongoing rollout of interim capability releases for the tanker.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Lockheed Martin Shows That Change Is Hard But Critical

By Michael Bruno Oct 15, 2021
For more than a year, investors and observers of the leading A&D company have been perplexed.
Aircraft & Propulsion
FCAS Plans Could Challenge Eurofighter Fleet Harmonization
UK and Italy may take a different Eurofighter development path than Germany and Spain, as the four nations pursue next-gen fighter plans.
audra.avizieni… Fri, 10/15/2021 - 08:00
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USAF Wants Another Deep Look At Its Tanker Shortage
The U.S. Air Force wants industry to tell it how much of a shortfall there is in its tanker capacity to bolster a potential contract for commercial air refueling, with a deadline of June 2023.
andy.savoie@av… Thu, 10/14/2021 - 19:23
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Saab Commits To Finnish Presence Regardless Of HX Decision

By Tony Osborne Oct 14, 2021
Saab has committed to expanding its presence in Finland even if the company does not win the country’s HX fighter contest.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Netherlands Opens F-35 Engine Test Facilities

By Tony Osborne Oct 14, 2021
The Netherlands has formally opened its testing facilities for maintenance of the F-35 engine, the first such engine depot outside of the U.S.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Australian MH-60 Fleet Grounded After Sea Ditching, Crew Safe

By Chen Chuanren Oct 14, 2021
The incident comes days after the country requested a dozen more of the type under U.S. foreign military sales.
Budget, Policy & Operations

The Week In Defense, Oct. 14-21, 2021

By Jen DiMascio Oct 14, 2021
GBU-72 penetrator clears tests; U.S. Army UH-60 negotiations; Serbia to buy Airbus aircraft; and Chinook rotor blade upgrades in doubt.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Leidos Reveals Artemis Proposal For Guardrail Fleet Replacement

By Steve Trimble Oct 13, 2021
Leidos is offering the Bombardier Challenger 650 as a fleet replacement or contractor-operator service for the U.S. Army’s RC-12X Guardrail Common Sensor. 
AUSA 2020

Sikorsky In Talks With Three More Nations For CH-53K Sales

By Brian Everstine Oct 13, 2021
Sikorsky is in talks with three more nations about possible sales of the CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift cargo helicopter, following a deal with Israel and the ongoing competition in Germany.
AUSA 2020

Accelerated Schedule Slips For New FARA Turboshaft

By Steve Trimble Oct 13, 2021
A funded effort to deliver a new turboshaft engine for the U.S. Army up to 12 months early has eroded to yield about half to one-fourth of the planned time savings, a GE Aviation official said on Oct. 13.
AUSA 2020
Romania To Buy 12 Black Hawks For Emergency Helicopter Need
Romania has selected the Polish-made Black Hawk helicopter to fulfill a requirement for a fleet of medium/heavy rotorcraft to be used by the country’s emergency services agency.
andy.savoie@av… Wed, 10/13/2021 - 17:44
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Composite Blades On Hold For CH-47F Block IIs

By Steve Trimble Oct 12, 2021
Further development is on hold for the Advanced Composite Rotor Blade for the Boeing CH-47F Block II Chinook, a company official said Oct. 12.
AUSA 2020

Exosonic Developing Supersonic UAS Concept For USAF

By Steve Trimble Oct 12, 2021
Los Angeles-based startup Exosonic will develop a concept for a purpose-built, supersonic unmanned aircraft system (UAS) under a 15-month, $750,000 U.S. Air Force contract, the company announced Oct. 12.
AUSA 2020
U.S. Army, Sikorsky Negotiating Final UH-60 Multiyear Contract
The U.S. Army and Sikorsky are in negotiations on what is expected to be the final multiyear procurement contract for the UH-60 Black Hawk, with an award expected early next year.
andy.savoie@av… Tue, 10/12/2021 - 20:27
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Sikorsky/Boeing Defiant Reaches 247 Kt. In Test
The Sikorsky/Boeing Defiant X demonstrator, the team’s entrant for the U.S. Army’s Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft, has flown to a speed of 247 kt., with the engine showing some limited power left to go faster, the companies said Oct. 12.
andy.savoie@av… Tue, 10/12/2021 - 19:12
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Serbia To Buy Two Airbus C295 Transports
Serbia’s government has said it will soon sign agreements with Airbus to purchase two C295 airlifters and increase its buy of H145 light helicopters.
andy.savoie@av… Tue, 10/12/2021 - 18:08
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Opinion: Time Is Right For New Airlifter

David Fitzpatrick Oct 12, 2021
The Pentagon should couple a blended-wing body with advanced engines to create a new standard for transport aircraft.
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Israeli Firms Offer Fuel Tank, Comms Upgrades For F-35

By Steve Trimble 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. 
AUSA 2020
Sustainability Of Asia-Pacific F-35s Exceeded Expectations: UK Officials
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.
andy.savoie@av… Mon, 10/11/2021 - 20:55
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Textron Systems Unveils Aerosonde Upgrade For FTUAS

By Steve Trimble 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…
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Australia Seeking 12 More MH-60Rs
Australia has requested 12 more Sikorsky MH-60R naval helicopters to supplement its existing fleet. 
andy.savoie@av… Mon, 10/11/2021 - 19:48
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