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May 25, 2022
A botched formation approach caused two T-38s to crash upon landing in November 2021 at Laughlin AFB, Texas, shortly after the U.S. Air Force had banned formation landings of the aircraft because of another fatal crash.
May 17, 2022
The U.S. Air Force has decided to not renew an ongoing contract with Draken International for adversary air training at Nellis AFB, Nevada, because it has determined the contractor’s jets can no longer provide the effective training it needs.

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Aircraft & Propulsion

May 26, 2022
The U.S. government has approved a possible sale of 23 Boeing CH-47F Chinook helicopters to the Egyptian Air Force, the Defense Security Cooperation…
May 26, 2022
A potential $13.9 billion deal for 36 F-15s was discussed during an official visit by Indonesian Air Chief Marshal Fadjar Prasetyo to his U.S. counterpart last week, the U.S. Air Force said in a May 25 news release.
May 26, 2022
A proposal to Uruguay for a potential sale of six L-39NGs has been made by the Czech government through its newly established Intergovernmental Defense Cooperation Agency.
May 26, 2022
Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury said the company’s offer, focused on the militarized H175M twin-engine super-medium rotorcraft, would “regenerate helicopter manufacturing in the UK."
May 25, 2022
BAE Systems has taken delivery of and is preparing flight tests for a Pipistrel Electro Velis electric-powered light aircraft as part of an arrangement with the Slovenian manufacturer.  The UK defense company announced in March that it was working with Pipistrel to examine military training applications for electric aircraft. The work is continuing after Textron’s acquisition of the light aircraft manufacturer. 

Space

May 26, 2022
Though pleased with the outcome of the Boeing CST-100 Starliner’s uncrewed roundtrip test flight to the International Space Station, NASA and its commercial crew partner have much to assess—and perhaps a few items that must be altered—before a crewed version will be able to lift off.
May 26, 2022
LeoLabs argues that government space situational awareness capabilities cannot keep track of the growing number of objects in space.
May 25, 2022
Boeing’s uncrewed CST-100 Starliner successfully completed a six-day roundtrip test flight to the International Space Station (ISS) May 25, with an undocking, re-entry and parachute descent at White Sands Space Harbor on the grounds of the U.S. Army’s White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.
May 25, 2022
SpaceX continued its weekly launch pace with liftoff of a Falcon 9 rocket on May 25 carrying 59 small satellites and hosted payloads, marking the company’s fifth rideshare mission.  Following launch at 2:35 p.m. from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, the rocket’s first stage returned to the launch site while the upper stage fired to place the Transporter-5 payloads into a preliminary polar orbit.
May 25, 2022
The U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) has awarded its largest-ever commercial imagery contract effort—up to billions over the next decade—to BlackSky, Maxar and Planet at a critical time for the industry.

Missile Defense & Weapons

May 26, 2022
The air-launched Amraam-AXE concept is being developed as a stop-gap solution for fighters that need an beyond visual range air-to-air missile with greater range than the baseline AIM-120 Amraam.
May 23, 2022
Opening a window into internal decision-making over the final requirements for a new interceptor against hypersonic missiles, the head of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has cited the significance of, in fact, an actual window.
May 20, 2022
The U.S. Navy has revealed interest in developing a new air-launched mine. 
May 17, 2022
The reveal of the ColdFire system, which is driven by a 450-hp. M250 turbine engine, shines a light on a critical technology often overshadowed by new advances in laser weapons.
May 17, 2022
A Raytheon/Kord team has demonstrated that a Stryker combat vehicle-mounted, 50-kW laser weapon system can shoot-down 60-mm mortars and drones,…

Sensors & Electronic Warfare

May 26, 2022
The U.S. Marine Corps will establish an MQ-9 Reaper squadron in Hawaii as it increases its small fleet of the General Atomics remotely piloted aircraft.
May 25, 2022
Leonardo is set to deliver components for the first Radar 2 variant of the active electronically scanned array radar for the Eurofighter Typhoon by year’s end, with the aim of starting flight trials in 2023. 
May 24, 2022
The U.S. Navy will select a mission integrator in fiscal 2023 to convert the Lockheed Martin C-130J-30 airlifter into the next Take Charge and Move Out (TACAMO) platform.
May 24, 2022
A potential electronic warfare add-on for the Lockheed Martin F-35 could originate from the Saab Gripen fighter.
May 17, 2022
The U.S. Air Force’s abridged plan to buy just six EC-37B Compass Call aircraft is not enough to meet the mission, and service officials say they are closely watching the availability of both Gulfstream G550s and their Rolls-Royce engines to see when more could be bought to fill the gap.

Supply chain

May 26, 2022
Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury said the company’s offer, focused on the militarized H175M twin-engine super-medium rotorcraft, would “regenerate helicopter manufacturing in the UK."
May 04, 2022
Two years after forming from its predecessor companies, Super Tier 1 aerospace supplier and large defense prime Raytheon Technologies has opened a corporate ventures office to make small venture-capital-style investments.
Apr 14, 2022
Indonesian defense prime PT Pindad and Safran are discussing potential local assembly of the AASM air-to-ground modular weapon that will equip the Southeast Asian country’s future Dassault Rafale fleet.
Apr 07, 2022
Major European consulting firm AlixPartners has struck a strategic deal with Cypress International, a Washington, D.C.-based boutique adviser, as AlixPartners looks to increase U.S. federal and military-related council.
Mar 31, 2022
Triumph Group, which will soon cap a yearslong consolidation and exit of most of its aerostructures work, on March 31 announced it will launch a new corporate identity and it has reshuffled its leadership ranks, including departures.

Budget, Policy & Operations

May 26, 2022
Finland and Sweden joining NATO instantly would enhance the alliance’s military power with capable air forces and increasing acquisition budgets, the nominee to lead U.S. European Command and become the alliance’s Supreme Allied Commander-Europe told lawmakers.
May 25, 2022
The Sigonella, Italy-based fleet of five Northrop Grumman RQ-4Ds conducted surge operations May 11-18 along NATO's eastern front.
May 25, 2022
The mission prompted the scramble of Japanese and South Korean fighters, as it skirted territorial airspaces. 
May 23, 2022
More than 20 nations announced new packages of military aid for Ukraine following a meeting of more than 40 countries on May 23, the Pentagon announced.
May 23, 2022
The EU is concerned that member states are not coordinating their procurements, leading to further fragmentation of the defense industry.