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Aerospace Daily & Defense Report, February 19, 2020
The U.S. Air Force’s acquisition chief said Feb. 18 that he expects a congressional backlash over how a recent revamp of the Next Generation Air Dominance procurement strategy could drive up the average procurement unit cost (APUC) of a sixth-generation fighter.
Spanish industry now is organizing itself behind national coordinator Indra Sistemas to support the various work pillars, which include development of a next-generation fighter and unmanned remote carriers.
Singapore is to collaborate with Airbus on the development of the A330 Smart Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) in a partnership that will roll out automated aerial refueling capabilities for the aircraft.
After forming a strategic partnership in 2019, Alphabet company Loon and SoftBank subsidiary HAPSMobile have jointly developed a broadband-internet communications payload for the AeroVironment-designed Hawk30 high-altitude pseudo-satellite.
NASA’s Osiris-Rex asteroid sample return spacecraft encountered trouble with its Canadian-made laser altimeter Feb. 11 as it made a close survey of a possible sample selection site on the asteroid Bennu.
A multi-target air-to-air weapon and gun-armed close-support missile are among new projects DARPA plans to launch in fiscal 2021. New approaches to communicating in contested environments, attacking signals and countering laser weapons are also on the list.