Aerospace Daily & Defense Report

By Irene Klotz
Launch of the NROL-70 mission aboard the final United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket remained on hold March 29 to address a problem with ground support equipment.
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By Brandon Patrick
Of the 215 used fighters expected to transfer ownership in the coming decade, 132 of them (about 61%) will be F-16s, according to Aviation Week’s Fleet Discovery Military database.
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By Guy Norris
Hypersonic aircraft developer Hermeus has unveiled its first flying test vehicle—Quarterhorse Mk. 1—at its Atlanta facility.
Missile Defense & Weapons

By Steve Trimble
The first Marine AH-1Z arrived has at Bell’s Amarillo Assembly Center in Texas to begin the first installations, which will increase onboard power generation.
Aircraft & Propulsion

By Ben Goldstein
Archer Aviation has unveiled the completion of a series of initial battery drop tests, demonstrating the safety and resiliency of its proprietary battery packs.
Advanced Air Mobility

By Brian Everstine
The team of MAG Aerospace and L3Harris say their first prototype under a new U.S. Army effort for high-altitude ISR has taken its first flight.
Aircraft & Propulsion

By Guy Norris, Joe Anselmo
Culp has been viewed by many as a logical candidate to lead a turnaround of Boeing.
Aircraft & Propulsion

By Tony Osborne
Poland has submitted a letter of request to Washington for a midlife upgrade for the country’s Lockheed Martin F-16s.
Budget, Policy & Operations

By Brian Everstine
The Space Force is starting market R&D of an acquisition strategy for a new constellation of protected communication satellites.
Space

By Steve Trimble
The “successful” sortie of the first Tejas Mk1A, bearing company serial number LA-5033, lasted 18 min. and was flown by chief test pilot KK Venugpal.
Aircraft & Propulsion

By Tony Osborne
The Russian Air Force’s use of glide bombs is adding to the country’s fires advantage against Ukraine.
Missile Defense & Weapons

By Tony Osborne
The UK Royal Air Force is hoping to field an attritable autonomous collaborative platform to operate and provide mass to its combat aircraft fleets by 2030.
Aircraft & Propulsion

By Garrett Reim
The U.S. Navy plans to soon issue a request for proposals for a shipboard antenna that can connect to up to 15 different satellite constellations at once.
Space

By Steve Trimble
The $1.9 million Phase 1 contract under the Energy Web Aircraft program calls for Otto and Swift Engineering to build the uncrewed air vehicle.
Aircraft & Propulsion

By Graham Warwick
XTI Aerospace hopes its new life as a publicly traded company will unlock the resources required to develop the TriFan 600 VTOL business aircraft.
Advanced Air Mobility

By Mark Carreau
NASA has selected the first three science instruments for deployment on the Moon’s south pole as part of Artemis III.
Space

By Craig Caffrey
Combined spending on procurement and RDT&E will reach 36.6% of overall U.S. defense spending in fiscal 2027, a level not seen since the end of the Cold War.
Budget, Policy & Operations

By Brian Everstine
The Space Development Agency on March 26 released its final solicitation for the Tranche 2 Tracking Layer-Gamma constellation of secretive space vehicles.
Space

By Steve Trimble
Venus Aerospace’s team intentionally throttled the hydrogen peroxide monopropellant engine at 80% thrust to prevent the drone from reaching supersonic speed.
Aircraft & Propulsion

By Matthew Fulco
Honeywell is buying Italian supplier Civitanavi Systems in a bid to strengthen its foothold in autonomous aerospace operations and expand in Europe.
Manufacturing & Supply Chain

By Chen Chuanren
After observing the battlefield effectiveness of UAS in Ukraine and Gaza, the Taiwanese Defense Ministry has shared plans to improve its uncrewed capabilities.
Aircraft & Propulsion

By Guy Norris
Leading British aerospace research center Cranfield University is set to establish the UK’s first airport-based, large-scale hydrogen research hub.
Sustainability

By Mark Carreau
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has announced appointments to a pair of space committees.
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