Bell Plans New Facility For Future Vertical Lift In Fort Worth
Bell Textron Inc. unveiled plans for a new 140,000-ft.² manufacturing technology center Aug. 10 to support the U.S. Army’s Future Vertical Lift effort. Aircraft will not be produced at rate in the facility, which will function more like a test bed and proving ground, a company spokesman told Aerospace DAILY.
USAF Names Three Bidders For Hypersonic Cruise Missile
A future hypersonic cruise missile will be competed between Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon, the U.S. Air Force has announced. The Aug. 5 selection revives Boeing’s role as a competitor for the Air Force’s offensive hypersonic weapons. The company had lost previous bids for the Air Force’s rocket-boosted, hypersonic glider contracts, but was previously a pioneer in hypersonic flight experiments with the scramjet-powered X-43 and X-51 demonstrator programs.
Modernized Ka-52M Helicopter Makes First Flight
Russian Helicopters announced Aug. 10 that the modernized Kamov Ka-52M attack helicopter made its first flight, taking off from Russian Helicopters’ subsidiary Progress in Arseniev in Russia’s Far East.
New U.S. Navy Radar Jammer Achieves First Flight
A U.S. Navy EA-18G test aircraft flew on Aug. 7 with the first flight-worthy Next Generation Jammer Mid-Band (NGJ-MB) pod to launch a flight test program. The Raytheon-built radar jammer confirmed safety-of-flight characteristics during the sortie by the VX-23 flight test squadron at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, according to Naval Air Systems Command.
Netherlands Resumes NH90 Flight Operations
The Netherlands has restarted flights of its NHIndustries NH90 naval helicopters after a three-week hiatus prompted by a crash in the Caribbean. Two of the four crewmembers onboard the helicopter died when it crashed into the Caribbean Sea off Aruba on July 19. The aircraft had been on a coastguard patrol flight.
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Wireless Charging System For Drones Wins Approval
Wireless charging system developer WiBotic on Aug. 6 announced Federal Communications Commission (FCC) authorization of its line of transmitters and receivers for charging drones, mobile robots and industrial automation devices.
Second MRTT Delivered For NATO Tanker Fleet
NATO’s Multinational Multi-Role Tanker Transport Unit (MMU) has taken delivery of its second Airbus A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT).
The Weekly Debrief: Evolving Threat Sparks New Arctic Radar Plans
A short item tucked into the version of the National Defense Authorization Act passed by the Senate on July 23 quietly calls on the U.S. Defense Department to come up with a plan that some experts say will cost more than $10 billion to implement.
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