First-In-Class USS Gerald R. Ford To Deploy On Trial Run

By Brian Everstine Sep 30, 2022
The sailing of the long-delayed aircraft carrier is a trial run ahead of its 2023 operational deployment.
Budget, Policy & Operations
Kendall Seeing Progress On USAF Hypersonic Weapons Programs
U.S. Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall says he is encouraged by recent test successes for Lockheed Martin’s Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon, despite having previously expressed concern about the program.
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Moscow’s Use of Iranian Drones Might Signal Its Industrial Failings
Iranian loitering munitions and drones may be filling in for Russian combat aircraft and guided missiles in Moscow’s war against Ukraine.
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Moscow’s Adoption of Iranian Drone May Signal Russian Industrial Failings

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Scramjets Move From Lab To Missile Development With HACM Award
A Raytheon/Northrop Grumman team will field the first hypersonic missile powered by an air-breathing engine by the end of fiscal 2027.
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First NASAMS To Arrive In Ukraine Before Year’s End, DOD Says

By Brian Everstine Sep 27, 2022
Two new-build Kongsberg and Raytheon National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS) will arrive in Ukraine within the next two months.
Missile Defense & Weapons

U.S. Army Orders Second Batch Of PRSMs

By Steve Trimble Sep 27, 2022
The U.S. Army has awarded Lockheed Martin a second yearly contract for early operational capability versions of the Precision Strike Missile. 
Missile Defense & Weapons

Brimstone Retargets British Army Interest

By Tony Osborne Sep 27, 2022
Ground-launched Brimstones have been successful against Russian tanks in Ukraine; MBDA hopes the success attracts the British Army, too.
Budget, Policy & Operations

Senators Propose New Fund To Help DOD Manage Munitions Production

By Brian Everstine Sep 26, 2022
A bipartisan group of senators want the Pentagon to have more authority in managing industry production lines for critical munitions, with the aid to Ukraine highlighting potential shortages in the industrial base.
Missile Defense & Weapons

DARPA Funds Radio And Microwave Filters To Protect Against Jamming

By Garrett Reim Sep 23, 2022
DARPA has awarded a $6.5 million contract to BAE Systems’ FAST Labs research and development group to develop novel filters that protect against radio and microwave jamming.
Missile Defense & Weapons
Military Acquisition Leaders To Discuss Ukraine’s Needs
Military acquisition leaders from more than 40 nations are scheduled to meet Sept. 28 to determine how to provide Ukraine with long-term support.
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Raytheon/Northrop Team Claims Hypersonic Cruise Missile Prize
A Raytheon/Northrop Grumman team will build operational prototypes for a scramjet-powered cruise missile to be fielded by the U.S. and Australian air forces starting in 2027, the U.S. Defense Department said on Sept. 22.
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MBDA Re-Engaging British Army With Brimstone To Equip Boxer
Missile manufacturer MBDA hopes it can reignite British Army interest in its Brimstone missile with proposals for a tank-destroyer module that would equip the Army’s new Boxer armored fighting vehicle.
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U.S. Navy Starts Developing Longer-Range HAAWC For P-8A

By Steve Trimble Sep 22, 2022
The U.S. Navy has started working on a new, longer-range version of a high-altitude, air-launched torpedo for the Boeing P-8A.
Missile Defense & Weapons

Integration Of HARM On Ukraine’s MiG-29s, Su-27s Took 2 Months

By Brian Everstine Sep 20, 2022
The integration enabled the Ukrainian Air Force to take offline Russian air defenses in a surprisingly short timeline.
Missile Defense & Weapons

New U.S. Navy Weapons Plan Favors Speed Over Range

By Brian Everstine Sep 19, 2022
The need for speed is emerging as more important than the need for range for air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles.
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Japan And U.S. To Work On Autonomous, Counter-Hypersonic Tech

By Steve Trimble Sep 16, 2022
Japanese and U.S. defense officials have agreed to accelerate collaboration on manned-unmanned teaming and consider partnering on counter-hypersonic defenses, the Ministry of Defense in Tokyo says.
Missile Defense & Weapons

K-Defense: Making A Global Mark

By Chen Chuanren Sep 14, 2022
Industry officials tout companies’ ability to customize products and provide reliable platform performance and supply chain assurance.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Japan’s Upgraded F-15J To Get EPAWSS

By Chen Chuanren Sep 13, 2022
Japan appears to be equipping its upgraded Boeing/Mitsubishi F-15J/DJ Eagles with the BAE Systems’ Eagle Passive Active Warning Survivability System after it was almost put on the chopping block for driving up the cost of the F-15 Japan Super Interceptor program.
Missile Defense & Weapons

PGZ Consortium, MBDA Advance Mala Narew SAM System

By Tony Osborne Sep 13, 2022
A consortium of Polish companies and missile manufacturer MBDA are set to deliver the first fire unit of Poland’s Narew program in the coming months.
Missile Defense & Weapons

How The Pentagon Chooses Military Aid For Ukraine

By Brian Everstine Sep 07, 2022
When the war in Ukraine shifted East in May and it was clear Kyiv would need different types of weapons from the West, the Pentagon posted a call to industry.
Missile Defense & Weapons

C-130 Missile Launching Role Shopped To Foreign Air Forces

By Steve Trimble Sep 07, 2022
U.S. military officials are showing off a new long-range missile-launching role for large cargo aircraft to foreign countries.
Missile Defense & Weapons

Space Warfighting Center Ushers In New Phase For Aerospace Corp.

By Guy Norris Sep 07, 2022
The Colorado Springs facility will serve as a hub to educate, train and test space warfighters and analysts in realistic virtual environments.
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The Weekly Debrief: Aerial Stalemate Over Ukraine Prompts U.S. Airpower Rethink

By Steve Trimble Sep 06, 2022
Russia and Ukraine appear to have settled for a state of mutual denial in the air. But what do U.S. Air Force war planners make of this idea?
Missile Defense & Weapons

Saab Conducts Live-Fire Demonstration Of MSHORAD

By Chen Chuanren Sep 06, 2022
Saab has conducted live-firing of its motorized variant of its RBS-70NG surface-to-air missile, witnessed by military officials from a total of 15 NATO and non-NATO potential customer countries.
Missile Defense & Weapons

Taiwan Signs SeaGuardian Deal, U.S. Approves $1.1B Arms Sale

By Chen Chuanren Sep 06, 2022
The deals come as Chinese naval ships continue to prowl the waters around Taiwan after tensions heightened in early August.
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