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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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