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 20, 2022
Airbus Helicopters plans to produce three prototypes to support development of the Tiger attack helicopter mid-life upgrade.
May 20, 2022
Russian Helicopters is preparing to replace Western-made engines on its products, with plans to test domestic powerplants on the Kamov Ka-226 and Ka-62 and Kazan Ansat as soon as 2023.
May 19, 2022
The schedule delay for the next presidential aircraft has grown by up to three years as Boeing works through issues on the VC-25B, and the Air Force is programming funds for the existing aircraft to keep it flying to cover the gap.
May 19, 2022
Airbus Helicopters believes that NATO demands for a 220-kt. cruise speed for a future medium transport helicopter could drive maximum take-off weights of up to 17 metric tons.
May 19, 2022
The UK Defense Ministry has launched its long-awaited competition to acquire a new fleet of medium helicopters consolidating several rotary-wing types currently in service.

Space

May 20, 2022
A spacewalk by Russian cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev and Denis Matveev outside the International Space Station (ISS) that was planned for May 19 has been postponed due to issues with the European Robotic Arm.
May 20, 2022
Mitsubishi Electric has developed a liquid resin that is formulated to remain stable in the vacuum of space and harden into a parabolic spacecraft antenna when exposed to ultraviolet light emitted from the Sun.
May 19, 2022
The uncrewed Starliner flight test is part of a joint NASA-Boeing program to develop crew transportation services to the ISS and future destinations in low Earth orbit.
May 19, 2022
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has presented NASA with 15 recommendations for improving the long-term diversity among those who lead space science missions.
May 19, 2022
Commercial flights are targeted to begin in late 2024, according to the company.

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 19, 2022
The Pentagon on May 19 announced it would airlift more counter-artillery radars, howitzers and other equipment to Ukraine, shortly after the Senate approved a $40.1 billion package of assistance.
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.