Light Attack And Advanced Training

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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.
May 03, 2022
Since the A-29 Super Tucano took its first flight at the end of the last century, it has impressed the military with its performance, flexibility and robustness as a light attack aircraft and advanced trainer.

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Aircraft & Propulsion

May 17, 2022
The U.S. Air Force now expects the first flight of the Northrop Grumman B-21 bomber in 2023 as the service prepares for a public rollout later this…
May 16, 2022
Japan reportedly is considering switching the contractor providing integration support for the F-X fighter development from Lockheed Martin to BAE Systems.
May 16, 2022
The Royal Air Force is temporarily growing its fleet of Airbus A330 Voyager Multi-Role Tanker Transports to deal with an increased demand for aerial refueling, in response to operations over Eastern Europe.
May 16, 2022
South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has confirmed that it will be acquiring 40 Bell 505 helicopters under the TH-X training helicopter program. 
May 12, 2022
After its KA-SAT satellite internet service in Europe was disrupted on Feb. 24 by an alleged cyberattack from Russia, Viasat shared details of the attack with industry competitors via the U.S. Space Force’s Commercial Integration Cell. 

Space

May 17, 2022
Science operations aboard NASA’s Mars InSight lander are expected to stop by late summer rather than year-end due to an accumulation of dust on the lander’s two circular solar arrays.
May 17, 2022
The Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) has granted contracts to two companies for development of two types of spacecraft nuclear propulsion: a compact fusion system and a next-generation radioisotope system.
May 17, 2022
The U.S. has entered a space race with China that rivals that of the Cold War era with the Soviet Union, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson told House lawmakers May 17.
May 16, 2022
The space vehicle is schedule to launch into orbit in October via SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Transporter 6 rideshare mission, the company said May 16. 
May 16, 2022
The Russian government has put a hold on its approval of a new agreement between its Roscosmos space agency and NASA that would send Russian cosmonauts to the International Space Station aboard SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft in exchange for flying U.S. astronauts on Russian Soyuz vehicles.

Missile Defense & Weapons

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,…
May 17, 2022
The successful, hypersonic speed test at up to Mach 5 by the booster finally clears the way for the Air Force to attempt a series of tests of the high lift-to-drag, hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV) at the heart of ARRW program.
May 13, 2022
U.S. Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall told lawmakers May 13 that current U.S. hypersonic weapon systems lack the capability to engage moving targets, which would be critical if the weapons were to be effective in Air Force operations.
May 11, 2022
The U.S. Army recently wrapped up more than two weeks of testing high-powered microwave systems to down small drones, with one of three entrants fully meeting the test’s goals and another showing promise.

Sensors & Electronic Warfare

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.
May 10, 2022
A U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet has flown with a pre-production version of the Raytheon APG-79(V)4 radar, the company says.
May 10, 2022
The U.S. government’s delayed spending measure for the current fiscal year led to a surprising swing in fortunes for military radar and legacy avionic supplier Rada Electronics Industries, with the Israeli company’s net loss for the first quarter of 2022 disappointing shareholders.
May 06, 2022
France has ordered an additional 21 Talios optronic targeting pods for its fleet of Dassault Rafale fighters. 
May 05, 2022
A $1.404 billion plan to acquire a 75-aircraft Armed Overwatch fleet for U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) will kick off with a contract award in July and finish with the last aircraft delivery by the end of fiscal 2027, budget documents show.

Supply chain

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.
Mar 30, 2022
U.S. prime defense technology provider L3Harris Technologies and Silicon Valley venture capital firm Shield Capital announced a partnership March 29 to invest in emerging defense and commercial technology startups.

Budget, Policy & Operations

May 16, 2022
South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has confirmed that it will be acquiring 40 Bell 505 helicopters under the TH-X training helicopter program. 
May 16, 2022
The governments of Finland and Sweden have endorsed plans to join NATO, ending their long-held policy of non-military alignment in light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
May 13, 2022
Sweden would be safer under NATO’s security umbrella, but the country would be at risk of a Russian backlash during the application process, a government report suggests. 
May 12, 2022
Norway is eyeing additional increases in defense spending in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
May 12, 2022
Finland’s prime minister and president have together said the Nordic country “must apply” for NATO membership “as a matter of urgency” to strengthen the country’s security.