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Sep 23, 2021
A move by the U.S. Army to field a large, fixed-wing surveillance aircraft could face an extra layer of scrutiny within the Pentagon. 
Sep 13, 2021
Equitix Investment Management is paying £189 million ($261 million) for the engine-maker’s 23.1% holding in Airtanker Holdings Ltd.

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Aircraft & Propulsion

Sep 24, 2021
Rolls-Royce has won a competition to re-engine the Boeing B-52H fleet with 608 F130 turbofan engines, the U.S. Defense Department said on Sept. 24…
Sep 24, 2021
As part of preparations to develop a full-scale, ultra-efficient X-plane technology demonstrator later this decade, NASA has issued a request for information to industry ahead of a formal solicitation for proposals planned for early 2022.
Sep 24, 2021
India has signed a contract for the long-awaited purchase of 56 Airbus C295 twin-turboprop airlifters for the country’s air force.
Sep 24, 2021
LaunchPoint Electric Propulsion Systems is targeting the power needs of advanced military unmanned aircraft with a new generation of electric generators using efficient, lightweight Halbach array technology.
Sep 24, 2021
Air Force Global Strike Command on Sept. 23 completed its planned retirement of 17 B-1Bs as the last Lancer flew to the boneyard.

Space

Sep 24, 2021
Astroscale Japan has selected Rocket Lab to launch the first step in a two-part mission to demonstrate the removal of a large piece of space debris from low Earth orbit.
Sep 24, 2021
Landsat 9, the latest in a half-century of overlapping NASA/U.S. Geological Survey satellites focused on monitoring changes to the planet’s surface and natural resources, is planned for a Sept. 27 launch.
Sep 24, 2021
Under the wing of Boeing, Millennium Space Systems is hitting its stride making smart end-to-end satellite constellations to be deployed in multiple orbital regimes.
Sep 23, 2021
In response to the proliferation of new space launch systems and small satellite deployments, German Aerospace Center DLR has developed a Launch Coordination Center to help manage the safe and efficient launch and re-entry of missions through European airspace.
Sep 22, 2021
The U.S. Space Force’s recently disclosed effort to field a space-based ground-moving targeted indicator capability is part of a coming migration of aerospace missions to orbit, especially in the realm of tactical intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance. 

Missile Defense & Weapons

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.
Sep 23, 2021
The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly for a $1 billion bill to replenish Iron Dome interceptors for Israel on Sept. 23, one day after a group of lawmakers stripped the measure from another spending bill.
Sep 21, 2021
U.S. Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall is not satisfied with progress on testing hypersonic weapons and said the service has not clearly determined what a role for the weapons would be.
Sep 21, 2021
The U.S. Air Force this December will conduct a live demonstration of palletized cruise missiles from the back of cargo aircraft, after multiple tests on aircraft including C-17s and EC-130s.

Sensors & Electronic Warfare

Sep 23, 2021
A move by the U.S. Army to field a large, fixed-wing surveillance aircraft could face an extra layer of scrutiny within the Pentagon. 
Sep 22, 2021
Raytheon has expanded sales and options for gallium nitride-enabled active electronically scanned array radars for fighters.
Sep 14, 2021
Thomas Huber will lead Mercury’s “1MPACT” strategic review announced last month during its fourth-quarter fiscal 2021 earnings release, when it acknowledged a slowdown in organic business growth.
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.

Supply chain

Sep 22, 2021
Boeing will build a final assembly facility for the Airpower Teaming System (ATS) in the state of Queensland, Australia, to begin serial production of the autonomous unmanned aircraft.
Sep 20, 2021
Paris has recalled its ambassadors from Australia and the U.S. and canceled defense talks with the UK following Canberra’s decision to halt a multi-billion euro submarine procurement from France in favor of a nuclear submarine buy with the U.S. and UK. 
Sep 20, 2021
L3Harris Technologies announced plans to grow a classified campus in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to meet expected business demand from the Pentagon’s “growing and urgent need for advanced, resilient satellites.”
Sep 16, 2021
The two companies hinted that new rotary-wing designs could emerge from the partnership.  
Sep 14, 2021
Raytheon Technologies ramping up Performance+ supply chain squeeze as A&D giant looks to fulfill cost-cutting promise to investors.

Budget, Policy & Operations

Sep 23, 2021
A U.S. Air Force overhaul of its infrastructure across the Pacific is overdue so that it will be ready for a possible conflict with China, a service official says.
Sep 23, 2021
The RSAF’s IAI Heron 1 medium altitude long endurance (MALE) UAS was paired with an undisclosed “small UAS” during an exercise held at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho.
Sep 22, 2021
Boeing will build a final assembly facility for the Airpower Teaming System (ATS) in the state of Queensland, Australia, to begin serial production of the autonomous unmanned aircraft.
Sep 20, 2021
The Air Force is relying on the aging 707-based E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System, but the fleet's age is making it harder to keep flying. 
Sep 20, 2021
U.S. Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall says he has a lot of convincing to do on Capitol Hill to garner support for the service's fiscal 2023 budget proposal.