U.S. Army Takes Wraps Off Two New Air Vehicles

By Steve Trimble May 14, 2021
U.S. Army officials revealed a long-range, loitering munition and a turbojet-powered Air Launched Effects system during the Edge21 demonstration event here on May 14.
Missile Defense & Weapons

Lockheed Hits 400-km Mark In PRSM Flight Test

By Steve Trimble May 12, 2021
A Lockheed Martin Precision Strike Missile (PRSM) has completed a 400-km flight demonstration, the longest yet by the ground-launched tactical…
Missile Defense & Weapons

Israeli Fighters, Iron Dome Respond To Gaza Rocket Barrage

By Steve Trimble May 12, 2021
Eight Israeli Air Force (IAF) F-35Is joined a strike package of 80 Israeli fighters in strikes on hundreds of sites in Gaza on May 11.
Missile Defense & Weapons

USAF Demonstration Points To Doubling JASSMs On F-15Es

By Steve Trimble May 11, 2021
A crew at the 53rd Wing on Eglin AFB, Florida, loaded five of the 2,150-lb. cruise missiles on an F-15E, with a JASSM on each wing and aft conformal fuel tank station, as well as another on the belly hard point.
Missile Defense & Weapons

U.S. Navy Moves Closer To First AARGM-ER Flight Test

By Steve Trimble May 07, 2021
The Northrop Grumman Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile - Extended Range is on track to stage the first live fire test from a Boeing F/A-18E/F this spring.
Missile Defense & Weapons

USAF Scrubs Unarmed ICBM Test Launch

By Steve Trimble May 05, 2021
The cause of the ground abort minutes or hours before the planned launch on May 5 remains under investigation.
Missile Defense & Weapons

Next-Generation Air Combat Training System Enters Limited Production

By Lee Hudson May 03, 2021
The U.S. Navy has received approval for its next-generation air combat training system to enter limited production.
Missile Defense & Weapons

The Weekly Debrief: Advanced Anti-Ship Missile Program Restarts After 9-Year Hiatus

By Steve Trimble May 03, 2021
The U.S. Navy has opened the market research phase for a highly advanced anti-ship cruise missile. 
Missile Defense & Weapons

First Take, May 3, 2021

By Graham Warwick Apr 30, 2021
Our roundup of the main aerospace and defense stories making the news this week.
Emerging Technologies

Northrop Impresses Investors With Earnings, Notes Space Successes

By Michael Bruno Apr 29, 2021
Northrop Grumman hit a proverbial home run with its first-quarter 2021, reporting outsized revenue and earnings, as well as providing a slightly higher forecast for the whole year.
Missile Defense & Weapons

Stratolaunch Resumes Roc Flight Tests

By Guy Norris Apr 29, 2021
Stratolaunch’s six-engine Roc carrier aircraft returned to the air on April 29, just more than two years after making its flight debut in 2019, with a 3-hr., 14-min. test sortie from the company’s Mojave Air & Space Port facility in California.
Missile Defense & Weapons

USAF Surveys Industry For B-1B Wing Pylons

By Steve Trimble Apr 29, 2021
The U.S. Air Force has started canvassing industry for interest in reactivating the external hardpoints on the B-1B fleet, with integration of non-nuclear hypersonic missiles likely to follow.
Missile Defense & Weapons

Spirit Builds Team For Mosquito Loyal Wingman Project

By Tony Osborne Apr 28, 2021
The Northern Ireland-based business of Spirit AeroSystems has added research, development and consultancy firm Intrepid Minds Robotics to its team developing the UK’s Lightweight Affordable Novel Combat Aircraft demonstrator.
Defense and Space

Weapons, Sensors Confirmed For Australian MQ-9Bs

By Steve Trimble Apr 25, 2021
Weapons and sensors for 12 General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. MQ-9B Sky Guardians for a previously announced potential sale to Australia have been confirmed by a required U.S. government agency notification.
Missile Defense & Weapons

New Turkish Glide Bomb For Akinci Drone Emerges

By Tony Osborne Apr 22, 2021
Turkey’s Roketsan has developed a new glide bomb to be used with the Baykar Makina’s Akinci twin-engine medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned air system.
Missile Defense & Weapons

The Weekly Debrief: Air-launched, SM-6-like Missile Exposed In New Test Photo

Apr 19, 2021
A civilian photographer captured the photo in 2018 as the F/A-18F with the markings of VX-31 air test and evaluation squadron landed at Point Mugu, California. 
Missile Defense & Weapons

German Eurofighters Receive Meteor Missile Upgrade

By Tony Osborne Apr 19, 2021
Germany has begun upgrading its Eurofighters to allow the carriage of MBDA’s Meteor beyond-visual-range, air-to-air missile.
Missile Defense & Weapons

U.S. Army Plans For Fourth Precision Strike Missile Test

By Lee Hudson Apr 15, 2021
The U.S. Army is scheduled to conduct the fourth Precision Strike Missile test in mid-May at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.
Defense and Space

Three Companies Show Off Low Collateral-Effect Interceptors

By Steve Trimble Apr 15, 2021
All three C-UAS demonstrated at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, may be considered for a Low Collateral Effects Interceptors (LCEI) program, which the US Air Force will launch later this year. 
Missile Defense & Weapons

The Week In Defense, April 15-22, 2021

By Jen DiMascio Apr 15, 2021
Hunt for hypersonic interceptor; Smith wants May 10 budget request; Air Force’s SIAW shift, and Austin scraps European drawdown.
Budget, Policy & Operations

U.S. Army-Air Force Rivalry Heats Up Over Long-Range Strike

By Steve Trimble Apr 15, 2021
An intense private feud erupted publicly over Air Force objections to Army plans to encroach on long-range strike mission.
Budget, Policy & Operations

Turkish Indigenous Air-to-Air Missile Downs Simsek Drone In Trials

By Tony Osborne Apr 14, 2021
Turkey’s indigenous within-visual-range air-to-air missile, Bozdogan/Merlin has scored its first aerial kill in flight trials.
Defense and Space

IAI, Thales Offer Gabriel Anti-Ship Missile For Royal Navy Requirement

By Tony Osborne Apr 14, 2021
Israel Aerospace Industries and Thales team to offer IAI’s Gabriel V anti-ship missile to meet a UK need for an interim anti-ship weapon.
Defense and Space

MDA Opens First Solicitation For Hypersonic Interceptor

By Steve Trimble Apr 13, 2021
A Broad Area Announcement (BAA) entitled “Enhanced Hypersonic Defense,” which the MDA released on April 12, requests companies to submit white papers by May 12 for the Glide Phase Interceptor (GPI) program. 
Missile Defense & Weapons

USAF Opens Six-Way Competition For SIAW Missile Contract

By Steve Trimble Apr 13, 2021
The move announced in a March 17 acquisition notice scratches the original plan to award the contract without a competition to Northrop Grumman Mission Systems. 
Missile Defense & Weapons