PrSM Completes Max Range Flight Test, Fifth Overall
A developmental U.S. Army ballistic missile flew more than 499 km during an Oct. 13 flight test from Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, demonstrating the maximum range of the new weapon a year ahead of a scheduled fielding date in fiscal 2023.
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Pentagon Wants Cheaper Hypersonics To Convince Doubters
The Pentagon’s head of research and engineering wants hypersonics programs to become cheaper and show tangible successes in tests to convince doubters in the Pentagon that the weapons will be effective.
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Defense Security Cooperation Agency Director Resigns
Heidi Grant, director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency who oversees U.S. military sales abroad, has announced she will step down after 15 months in the job.
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Leidos Reveals Artemis Proposal For Guardrail Fleet Replacement

By Steve Trimble Oct 13, 2021
Leidos is offering the Bombardier Challenger 650 as a fleet replacement or contractor-operator service for the U.S. Army’s RC-12X Guardrail Common Sensor. 
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Veteran-Backed Fleet Cybersecurity Startup Shift5 Raises $20M
Commercial airliners have so far claimed immunity to cyberattacks, and Western militaries do not voice much fear that their aircraft, ships and tanks could be taken over by hackers yet. But a veteran-backed startup that offers to cybersecure their platforms’ operational technology has raised $20 million and is looking to grow.
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Sikorsky In Talks With Three More Nations For CH-53K Sales

By Brian Everstine Oct 13, 2021
Sikorsky is in talks with three more nations about possible sales of the CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift cargo helicopter, following a deal with Israel and the ongoing competition in Germany.
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Accelerated Schedule Slips For New FARA Turboshaft

By Steve Trimble Oct 13, 2021
A funded effort to deliver a new turboshaft engine for the U.S. Army up to 12 months early has eroded to yield about half to one-fourth of the planned time savings, a GE Aviation official said on Oct. 13.
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Romania To Buy 12 Black Hawks For Emergency Helicopter Need
Romania has selected the Polish-made Black Hawk helicopter to fulfill a requirement for a fleet of medium/heavy rotorcraft to be used by the country’s emergency services agency.
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Composite Blades On Hold For CH-47F Block IIs
Further development is on hold for the Advanced Composite Rotor Blade for the Boeing CH-47F Block II Chinook, a company official said Oct. 12.
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Exosonic Developing Supersonic UAS Concept For USAF

By Steve Trimble Oct 12, 2021
Los Angeles-based startup Exosonic will develop a concept for a purpose-built, supersonic unmanned aircraft system (UAS) under a 15-month, $750,000 U.S. Air Force contract, the company announced Oct. 12.
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U.S. Army, Sikorsky Negotiating Final UH-60 Multiyear Contract

By Brian Everstine Oct 12, 2021
The U.S. Army and Sikorsky are in negotiations on what is expected to be the final multiyear procurement contract for the UH-60 Black Hawk, with an award expected early next year.
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Sikorsky/Boeing Defiant Reaches 247 Kt. In Test

By Brian Everstine Oct 12, 2021
The Sikorsky/Boeing Defiant X demonstrator, the team’s entrant for the U.S. Army’s Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft, has flown to a speed of 247 kt., with the engine showing some limited power left to go faster, the companies said Oct. 12.
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Shyu Wants New Funding To Bridge ‘Valley of Death'

By Brian Everstine Oct 12, 2021
The Pentagon’s new director of research and engineering wants more money for small businesses to mature technology to avoid the vaunted “valley of death” in acquisition and is proposing new leaders within her office to move faster on developing software and lowering sustainment costs.
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USAF Completes First Drop Tests On New Penetrator Bomb

By Steve Trimble Oct 12, 2021
A new 5,000-lb. penetrator has completed a series of release tests, paving the way for the U.S. Air Force development program to enter production later this year.
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Wormuth: U.S. Army To ‘Ruthlessly’ Prioritize Modernization Efforts

By Brian Everstine Oct 11, 2021
The U.S. Army needs to answer fundamental questions about itself—how it fights, what theaters it needs to focus on, and importantly how it will modernize its weapons systems specifically to counter China—and that process will not be easy, the service’s newest secretary says.
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Weekly Debrief: China’s Aerial Activities: An October Of Ups And Downs

By Chen Chuanren Oct 11, 2021
October is an important month for China, both for the People’s Republic and the Republic across the strait, Taiwan.
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Israeli Firms Offer Fuel Tank, Comms Upgrades For F-35

By Steve Trimble Oct 11, 2021
Israeli companies are rolling out a 600-gal. external fuel tank and a fifth-to-fourth-generation communication system as export options for the Lockheed Martin F-35. 
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Sustainability Of Asia-Pacific F-35s Exceeded Expectations: UK Officials

By Chen Chuanren Oct 11, 2021
Reliability of the 18 Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning IIs embarked on the Royal Navy’s aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth operating in the Asia-Pacific region have met and sometimes exceed expectations, officials say.
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Textron Systems Unveils Aerosonde Upgrade For FTUAS

By Steve Trimble Oct 11, 2021
Textron Systems has unveiled a new version of the Aerosonde unmanned aircraft system (UAS) with a 25-lb. payload capacity to compete for a U.S. Army…
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Australia Seeking 12 More MH-60Rs

By Chen Chuanren Oct 11, 2021
Australia has requested 12 more Sikorsky MH-60R naval helicopters to supplement its existing fleet. 
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Zephyr Clocks Up High-Altitude Hours 

By Tony Osborne Oct 11, 2021
Airbus' Zephyr team is also claiming to have set a world altitude record for the HAPS-class of UAS after reaching a height of 76,100 ft.  
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GA-ASI, Army Developing Open Systems Upgrade For MQ-1C

By Steve Trimble Oct 08, 2021
The manufacturer said Oct. 8 it is working with the U.S. Army to develop a Modular Open Systems Approach for a proposed Increment 2 version of the medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aircraft system.
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U.S. Army Looks At New Ways To Beat Drones

By Brian Everstine Oct 08, 2021
The service has taken the lead on defeating small drones, looking at near-term acquisition and long-term development.
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SNC TRAX® software (SNC Tactical Radio Application eXtension): A JADC Game-Changer

Sponsored By Sierra Nevada Corporation Oct 07, 2021
SNC TRAX is a game-changer in solving the longstanding interoperability challenges stemming from incompatible and disparate message protocols across the battlefield. With SNC TRAX inserted into the operational architecture, a true air-to-ground COP will be accessible, allowing virtually any platform to share information, issue tasking and provide enhanced situational awareness in real-time for the next Great Power Competition.
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U.S. Army Plans To Involve Sea Services In PRSM Development

By Lee Hudson Oct 15, 2020
The Marine Corps is interested in the Precision Strike Missile and what that technology can bring to the joint force.
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