Boeing Agrees To F-15 Payment Plan

By Brian Everstine Nov 21, 2022
Boeing has agreed to Indonesia’s financial package to buy F-15s, and the two sides are in advanced stages of negotiations ahead of a political decision by the country’s government to finalize the purchase.
Budget, Policy & Operations

The Weekly Debrief: Battlefield Command and Control Vision Starts With A RIPL

By Steve Trimble Nov 21, 2022
If a new set of software-enabled tools for battlefield communication proves effective, one of the key challenges facing the DOD's Joint All-Domain Command and Control concept could be swept away.
Sensors & Electronic Warfare

Polaris Flies German-Funded Spaceplane Demonstrator

By Tony Osborne Nov 21, 2022
German space startup Polaris Spaceplanes has performed the first flight of its spaceplane demonstrator built under a contract from the German defense ministry.
Commercial Space

Orion Flies By Moon, Heading To Distant Retrograde Orbit

By Irene Klotz Nov 21, 2022
Five days into the Artemis I flight test, the Lockheed Martin-built Orion spacecraft soared past the Moon, successfully conducting a 2-min. 30-sec. firing of its shuttle-era maneuvering engine on Nov. 21 to set up a slingshot maneuver into deeper space.
Space

German Patriots, Eurofighters Heading To Poland

By Tony Osborne Nov 21, 2022
Poland has accepted a German proposal to help protect the country’s airspace after a stray Ukrainian air defense missile crashed in the country last week.
Missile Defense & Weapons

Taxi Trials Begin For Baykar’s UCAV 

By Tony Osborne Nov 21, 2022
The first prototype of the delta-winged aircraft began taxi trials at Corlu Airport, west of Istanbul, on Nov. 20.  
Aircraft & Propulsion

North Korea Claims Successful Hwasong-17 Launch

By Kim Minseok Nov 21, 2022
The South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff reported that the missile flew for 1,000 km (600 mi.), reaching a maximum speed of Mach 22. 
Missile Defense & Weapons

Dassault CEO Says FCAS Progress Announcement Is Premature 

By Tony Osborne Nov 21, 2022
The CEO of Dassault Aviation appears to be disputing German and Spanish claims that an agreement has been reached around progressing to the next phase of FCAS.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Coolant Leak Delays SpaceX ISS Resupply Mission

By Mark Carreau Nov 18, 2022
SpaceX has delayed by a day the planned launch from the Kennedy Space Center of the company’s 26th NASA-contracted resupply mission to the International Space Station, to address a small leak in a thermal control system.
Space

Elbit America CEO Sees Rising Supply Chain Costs To Government, Industry

By Jen DiMascio Nov 18, 2022
Neither the government nor OEMs are appreciating the scope of the pressure facing the aerospace and defense supply chain, says the president and CEO of Elbit Systems of America.
Manufacturing & Supply Chain

FCAS Industry Partners Say They Have Resolved Deadlock

By Tony Osborne Nov 18, 2022
Airbus, Spain’s Indra and the German government say discussions that will allow the multibillion-euro combat aircraft project to move into the Phase 1B demonstrator period have concluded.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Lockheed, NVIDIA To Make Digital Twin Of Earth’s Weather For NOAA

By Garrett Reim Nov 18, 2022
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has contracted with Lockheed Martin Space to construct a digital twin of the Earth’s weather.
Space

Stratolaunch Begins Talon’s Hadley Rocket Engine Hot-Fire Tests

By Guy Norris Nov 18, 2022
In the run-up to a second captive-carry flight of its Talon hypersonic test vehicle, Stratolaunch says it has begun hot-fire runs of the rocket engine that will power the high-speed testbed on its first Mach 5 flight in early 2023.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Regional Tensions Prompt Norwegian Review Of Military Plans

By Tony Osborne Nov 18, 2022
Norway’s government has asked its military chiefs to refresh the country’s defense plans in light of new regional security threats.
Budget, Policy & Operations

U.S. Navy Advances F135 Depot Activation To Next April

By Steve Trimble Nov 18, 2022
A U.S. Navy depot for the Pratt & Whitney F135 is expected to be activated in April and double the heavy maintenance capacity for the Lockheed Martin F-35’s engine.
Aircraft & Propulsion

USAF Developing Pilot-Drone Interface As It Sets CCA Plan

By Brian Everstine Nov 18, 2022
The U.S. Air Force is ready to start testing how it wants pilots of its most advanced fighters to control future loyal-wingman drones, as the service plans an aggressive schedule for fielding the new aircraft.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Airbus Invests In Carbon Capture Pioneer

By Graham Warwick Nov 18, 2022
Airbus and Air Canada have invested in Canada’s Carbon Engineering, a pioneer in direct air capture of atmospheric carbon dioxide for permanent underground storage or use in production of sustainable aviation fuel.
Air Transport

RAF Voyager Tanker Flies With 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel

By Tony Osborne Nov 18, 2022
Airbus, Rolls-Royce and the UK Royal Air Force say they have performed the first flight of a military aircraft using 100% sustainable aviation fuel.
Aircraft & Propulsion

ESA Strives To Persuade Members To Spend More, But Plan May Wait

By Thierry Dubois Nov 18, 2022
The European Space Agency’s (ESA) ministerial council plans to hear an ambitious €18.7 billion ($19.5 billion) proposal by a determined director general at its meeting Nov. 22-23.
Space

Pentagon Skeptical Of Iranian Hypersonic Claims

By Steve Trimble Nov 18, 2022
A Pentagon official says she doubts Iran’s recent claim to have built a maneuvering hypersonic missile.
Missile Defense & Weapons

Japan Outlines NASA Gateway Contributions, Backs ISS Extension

By Mark Carreau Nov 18, 2022
Japan has outlined its planned contributions to NASA’s Gateway lunar-orbiting station.
Space

U.S. Navy Eyes Collaborative Aircraft Program With Air Force

By Tony Osborne Nov 18, 2022
The U.S. Navy believes it could align its requirements for an uncrewed collaborative combat aircraft (CCA) with those of the Air Force, potentially paving the way for a joint program.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Thailand Takes Delivery Of First T-6C, Begins AT-6 Integration

By Chen Chuanren Nov 18, 2022
The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has taken delivery of its first pair of Textron T-6TH Texan II trainers, with a landing at the RTAF Kamphaeng Saen flight training school.
Light Attack and Advanced Training

Finland Border Guard Advances ISR Business Jet Acquisition

By Tony Osborne Nov 18, 2022
Finland’s Border Guard has shortlisted nine suppliers who could provide the service with modified business jets equipped for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions
Sensors & Electronic Warfare

France Plans Enemy Air-Defense Suppression Role For Rafale

By Tony Osborne Nov 18, 2022
The French Air Force wants to build an initial SEAD/DEAD capability on Rafale by 2030 through the F4 capability upgrade.
Aircraft & Propulsion