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Aircraft & Propulsion

Mar 05, 2021
An Aermacchi MB-326 Impala jet trainer crashed about 10 mi. northwest of Edwards AFB, California, around 10:10 a.m. on March 5, the National Test…
Mar 05, 2021
Korea Aerospace Industries plans to roll out its first KF-X 001 fighter prototype in April, the company said.
Mar 05, 2021
The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee believes it is time for Congress and the Pentagon to “cut our losses” on the F-35 program and begin to debate a future fighter mix that does not depend as heavily on the Joint Strike Fighter.
Mar 05, 2021
The difficulties of the Future Combat Air System program not only hinge on intellectual property issues, but also on work sharing between its French, German and Spanish partners, Dassault Aviation Chairman and CEO Eric Trappier says.
Mar 05, 2021
Ukraine’s state-owned arms manufacturer says it plans to build Bell’s UH-1 Iroquois helicopter in Odessa. 

Space

Mar 05, 2021
U.S. and Japanese spacewalking astronauts Kate Rubins and Soichi Noguchi joined outside the International Space Station on March 5 to complete modifications to two of six solar power channels on the orbital science lab’s long support truss due to be equipped with new ISS Roll Out Solar Arrays over the coming year.
Mar 04, 2021
NASA has awarded Northrop Grumman a sole-source contract worth up to $84.5 million to provide the two-stage ascent vehicle needed to launch samples from the surface of Mars into Mars orbit, where they can be retrieved by a return ship and flown back to Earth.
Mar 04, 2021
NASA is bumping the upcoming reflight of Boeing’s uncrewed CST-100 Starliner spacecraft until sometime after the arrival of four astronauts aboard SpaceX’s second operational Crew Dragon taxi flight to the International Space Station. 
Mar 04, 2021
Nine hours after a SpaceX team in Texas landed a full-scale Starship prototype for the first time, colleagues in Florida launched a Falcon 9 rocket with 60 more satellites for the company’s high-speed internet service system. 
Mar 04, 2021
SpaceX’s March 3 high-altitude test of a full-scale Starship prototype managed a soft landing—unlike two previous test vehicles—but then exploded 3 min. after touching down at the company’s facility in Boca Chica Beach, Texas.

Missile Defense & Weapons

Mar 05, 2021
The status of the short-lived Screaming Arrow program changed with no official explanation, but a source familiar with the issue told Aviation Week the cancellation may be temporary. 
Mar 05, 2021
India has carried out a successful launch and flight test of a solid-fuel ducted ramjet missile demonstrator, technology the country’s defense ministry hopes can be integrated onto long-range air-to-air missiles.
Mar 05, 2021
The French Air Force has declared the MBDA Meteor beyond-visual range air-to-air missile operational on the Dassault Rafale.
Mar 05, 2021
A second airbreathing, hypersonic cruise missile program may give the U.S. Navy multiple options for a carrier-compliant, F/A-18E/F-compatible weapon.
Mar 05, 2021
The ER GMLRS is designed to more than double the 70 km.-range of the baseline GMLRS, but the first flight met test objectives with an 80 km. flight.

Sensors & Electronic Warfare

Mar 04, 2021
Red 6, a California startup aiming to provide air combat training with augmented reality technology, has landed $7 million in new funding and signed former U.S. Air Force acquisition chief Will Roper to its advisory board.
Mar 01, 2021
TransDigm Group announced March 1 that it will sell two businesses it acquired from Esterline Technologies, ScioTeq and Treality Simulation Visual Systems, to private equity investor OpenGate Capital in a deal worth around $200 million.
Mar 01, 2021
To maintain its technological lead over China in artificial intelligence, the U.S. needs to improve its leadership, train a new generation of digital experts by creating a new university, and invest in research on microelectronics and AI, according to the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence.
Feb 25, 2021
PACAF operates four of the 27 E-3As in the overall fleet at Kadena and Elmendorf air bases in Japan and Alaska. 
Feb 24, 2021
The U.S. Army has made an unspecified investment in an Air Force Research Laboratory-developed high power microwave weapon against drone swarms, AFRL…

Supply chain

Mar 04, 2021
The bipartisan task force will review the industrial base supply chain to identify threats and vulnerabilities.
Mar 01, 2021
Canadian pilot training and simulator leader CAE has announced its fourth acquisition in as many months, marking a major move into the U.S. military market with the purchase of rival L3Harris Military Training for $1.05 billion, the companies said March 1.
Feb 24, 2021
Italian flagship aerospace and defense company Leonardo has reiterated its intent to sell off its Arlington, Virginia-based U.S. operations called DRS, marking the second time since last fall that the company has commented on the sales effort.
Feb 24, 2021
For the first time, Raytheon Technologies subsidiary Collins Aerospace and the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency have agreed to a performance-based contract structure that allows the team to forecast future gearbox repair parts and spares needed for U.S. Air Force B-2 and F-16 aircraft.
Feb 15, 2021
A committee of UK lawmakers has called upon the country’s defense ministry to stop doing business with British companies owned by Chinese or Russian parents.

Budget, Policy & Operations

Mar 04, 2021
The bipartisan task force will review the industrial base supply chain to identify threats and vulnerabilities.
Mar 03, 2021
The head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command has sent a $27.3 billion wish list, spanning the next five fiscal years, to Congress.
Mar 01, 2021
On April 24, the Air Education and Training Command published a series of requests for information to industry as part of a preliminary market research process on a radical proposal to create a privatized track for pilot training. 
Feb 26, 2021
The head of U.S. Air Combat Command is “not brimming with confidence” that Lockheed Martin will drive down the F-35 flying hour cost to $25,000 by 2025.
Feb 26, 2021
The U.S. Air Force plans to outline a similar proposal to Congress in its fiscal 2022 budget request as the service did in its fiscal 2021 budget submission to retire legacy aircraft and use those dollars for modernization efforts, the service’s chief of staff says.