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Aircraft & Propulsion

Apr 14, 2021
Airbus completes low-speed flight-envelope testing of its VSR700 naval rotary-wing uncrewed air system.
Apr 13, 2021
The House Armed Services Committee chairman says the Lockheed Martin F-35 program characterizes its flying-hour cost as “a big problem.”
Apr 12, 2021
Boeing has begun assembling the first P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft for Norway, with delivery scheduled for later this year.
Apr 09, 2021
Development and construction are scheduled for 2026-36, including main component and hull assembly in 2031-34. Sea trials will start in 2036.
Apr 09, 2021
Greece has inked an amendment to its order for NH90 transport helicopter as it looks to restore military capabilities hollowed out by the country’s economic crisis. 

Space

Apr 14, 2021
Orbital Sidekick, a San Francisco-based startup aiming to offer satellite-based hyperspectral imaging and data analytics for the energy sector and others, has wrapped up a $16 million series A investment round, as expected.
Apr 13, 2021
Astrobiotic’s Griffin lunar lander, carrying NASA’s water-hunting VIPER rover, will fly on a Falcon Heavy, perhaps in late 2023.
Apr 13, 2021
Fixing an issue with NASA’s Mars Ingenuity helicopter will require a slight modification to the vehicle’s software, delaying the first flight test. 
Apr 13, 2021
The second Mission Extension Vehicle, MEV-2, autonomously docked with the Intelsat 10-02 satellite on April 12 in its operational GEO location at 1 deg. West longitude.
Apr 12, 2021
In the broad sweep of history, imagine the roughly 70-year path to the creation of the U.S. Space Force as a single line on a blank page.

Missile Defense & Weapons

Apr 13, 2021
A Broad Area Announcement (BAA) entitled “Enhanced Hypersonic Defense,” which the MDA released on April 12, requests companies to submit white papers by May 12 for the Glide Phase Interceptor (GPI) program. 
Apr 13, 2021
The move announced in a March 17 acquisition notice scratches the original plan to award the contract without a competition to Northrop Grumman Mission Systems. 
Apr 11, 2021
A top U.S. Marine Corps general said he hadn't seen sharp criticisms of land-based missiles in the Pacific by a U.S. Air Force counterpart, but explained the rationale for the concept.
Apr 08, 2021
Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Air Force have checked a key box on the list of post-contract award activities for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) program, the company said on April 7. 
Apr 07, 2021
The rare public discourse on a normally internal, interservice dispute highlights a fundamental question for the Pentagon: Preserve the U.S. Air Force and Navy's role in long range strike, or expand the options to include the Army and Marine Corps.

Sensors & Electronic Warfare

Apr 12, 2021
Boeing has begun assembling the first P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft for Norway, with delivery scheduled for later this year.
Apr 10, 2021
A prototype, wing-mounted pod containing a BAE Systems ALE-55 fiber-optic towed decoy has completed airworthiness and effectiveness testing.
Apr 06, 2021
In a major growth move following the 2020 acquisition of Cobham by private-equity investors, the company’s radio-frequency products arm has forged a strategic alliance to bring 3D-printed waveguide technology to U.S. space, electronic warfare, radar and other applications.
Apr 05, 2021
The Small Adaptive Bank of Electronic Resources was tested during a series of 11 flights aboard an EC-130H Compass Call at Davis Mountain AFB in Arizona. 
Apr 05, 2021
Although the requirement is not approved, the U.S. Air Force could convert the KC-46 into a communications node within three years, according to Air Mobility Command.

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

Apr 13, 2021
The House Armed Services Committee chairman wants the U.S. to review national security policy and the White House to release the budget.
Apr 13, 2021
U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced an additional 500 troops will be based in Germany by the fall.
Apr 12, 2021
Analysts predict U.S. President Joe Biden’s proposed $715 billion fiscal 2022 defense budget request will not provoke a serious debate between hawk and doves in Congress.
Apr 09, 2021
U.S. President Joe Biden has proposed a $715 billion fiscal 2022 budget for the Pentagon, and most notably the new request ends the decade-old separate funding account known as overseas contingency operations, according to the Office of Management and Budget.
Apr 09, 2021
Greece has inked an amendment to its order for NH90 transport helicopter as it looks to restore military capabilities hollowed out by the country’s economic crisis.