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Jun 21, 2021
BAE Systems has flown the first three of nine Hawk jet trainers ordered by Qatar.
Jun 18, 2021
A Boeing statement released late on June 17 add critical details to the initial reports based on the Congressional testimony a day earlier by Gen. Charles Brown, U.S. Air Force chief of staff, and a follow-up statement by the Air Force press desk. 

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Aircraft & Propulsion

Jun 22, 2021
The Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to the UK marks the first export variant of the Special Operations Command’s MH-47G aircraft. 
Jun 22, 2021
Two of the supplemental type certificate programs for the Boeing/Leonardo MH-139 have fallen behind schedule. One of them concerns the Air Force most of all.
Jun 22, 2021
The UK has launched its first operational sorties from its new carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, flying missions over Iraq and Syria in support of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State militant group.
Jun 22, 2021
Malaysia and Indonesia are moving ahead with long-awaited aircraft procurement plans, issuing a tender for a light combat aircraft and approving loans for new aerial refueling tankers.
Jun 21, 2021
The UK Royal Air Force could have an electric-powered aircraft in service by 2024, a senior officer has suggested, as the air arm takes steps to reduce its environmental footprint.

Space

Jun 22, 2021
Proctor and Gamble is working with NASA to develop a space version of its Tide detergent to clean the clothing and fabrics of astronauts assigned to future missions to the Moon and Mars that could double as a more environmentally friendly cleanser for use on Earth.
Jun 22, 2021
The European Space Agency and the European Commission on June 22 signed a long-sought financial framework partnership agreement for 2021-27, formalizing a relationship they intend to make tighter.
Jun 22, 2021
Xuntian will be similar to the Hubble Space Telescope but with a field of view 300 times larger, according to the director of the National Astronomical Observatories at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. 
Jun 21, 2021
The U.S. Export-Import Bank on June 21 reported its first satellite-related export financing deal since 2015, backing SpaceX’s expected launch of Hispasat’s planned Amazonas Nexus satellite so that rival Arianespace did not win the business with European export credit agency support.
Jun 21, 2021
Intuitive Machines (IM), one of NASA’s early Commercial Lunar Services Payload Services providers, announced plans on June 21 to place a communications satellite in orbit around the Moon to provide a data link to Earth as part of its second lunar mission planned for late 2022.

Missile Defense & Weapons

Jun 21, 2021
The static test at sea level at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama demonstrated the throttleable motor funded by Phase 2 of DARPA’s Operational Fires (OpFires) program. 
Jun 21, 2021
Japan is reportedly considering dropping plans to acquire Lockheed Martin’s AGM-158C Long Range Anti-Ship Missile due to “ballooning costs.”
Jun 15, 2021
A request for information published on June 14 by the Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office (RCCTO) gives industry until July 7 to submit ideas for UAS swarms.
Jun 14, 2021
Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon have received contracts from the U.S. Defense Department (DOD) to launch the next step in the development of a scramjet-powered, hypersonic cruise missile. 
Jun 11, 2021
The former head of the U.S. Defense Department’s research and engineering branch said on June 11 that a sweeping, three-year push to transition decades of experiments with hypersonic vehicles into operational missiles has fallen short of his goal for enabling mass production.

Sensors & Electronic Warfare

Jun 14, 2021
During Phase 1, L3 and Raytheon teams will demonstrate electronic intelligence (ELINT) and communications intelligence (COMINT) sensors under controlled conditions. 
Jun 14, 2021
A $10.2 million line item in the Air Force’s budget request for fiscal 2022 proposes to eliminate the EWO station inside the B-52, reducing the crew to a B-1B-like four. 
Jun 11, 2021
The Pentagon is sending a new $150 million package to Ukraine for counter-unmanned aerial systems, secure communications gear, counter artillery radars and medical evacuation equipment to preserve the nation’s territorial integrity.
Jun 04, 2021
The U.S. Air Force has restructured the Advanced Battle Management System program in a manner that will allow the service to communicate more clearly on Capitol Hill and to regularly deliver new capability.
Jun 01, 2021
The Air Force spared the U-2S from a list of hundreds of proposed aircraft divestments next year, but details buried deep within the fiscal 2022 budget request unveiled on May 29 reveal the aircraft’s long-term fate. 

Supply chain

Jun 14, 2021
The OEM is hoping that by proving its ability to produce H175 components normally supplied by Chinese industry within Europe, it could comfortably propose a military version—called H175M—to meet the UK’s upcoming New Medium Helicopter (NMH) need. 
Apr 28, 2021
A recent internal study shows more than nine out of 10 repairs performed by the defense industry on U.S. Air Force aircraft are by a sole-source vendor, the service’s top logistics official said on April 28.
Apr 19, 2021
Private equity investor Madison Dearborn Partners has bought aerospace and defense supplier Arch Precision Components from the Jordan Co. for an undisclosed amount, the companies announced April 19.
Apr 14, 2021
Ahead of a draft solicitation for Space Development Agency satellites, the Pentagon wants to ensure the interoperability of the products.
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.

Budget, Policy & Operations

Jun 15, 2021
The classified NROL-111 mission is NRO’s final scheduled launch for 2021.
Jun 15, 2021
Beijing’s “opaque” military modernization, the expansion of its nuclear arsenal alongside a larger number of sophisticated delivery systems, and its cooperation with Russia were all highlighted as causes of concern by alliance leaders as they met in Brussels on June 14. 
Jun 10, 2021
Despite being responsible for two very different areas of the world, U.S. Africa Command and U.S. Northern Command are both seeking additional funding in fiscal 2022 for satellite communications, according to documents obtained by Aerospace DAILY.
Jun 10, 2021
U.S. Special Operations Command is seeking $286 million in unfunded priorities in fiscal 2022, with $245 million of that total covering two CV-22 attrition reserve aircraft modifications, while U.S. Southern Command is seeking funds to purchase six Bell helicopters for Guatemala, according to documents obtained by Aerospace DAILY.
Jun 10, 2021
U.S. Northern Command and the Missile Defense Agency have included a $27 million addendum to their fiscal 2022 budget requests for a cruise missile defense sensor.