Air Dominance

Sponsored by:Northrop Grumman
Nov 11, 2020
The sources sought notice asked interested companies to supply a wide range of information, such as a rough order of magnitude estimate for the cost and schedule of developing and delivering up 8,000 missiles. 
Nov 10, 2020
The combined package worth nearly $23.4 billion still needs to be approved by Congress, where some lawmakers have already voiced objections. 

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Aircraft & Propulsion

Nov 27, 2020
The German Navy has turned to private contractors to train pilots for its Lockheed P-3 Orion maritime patrollers.
Nov 27, 2020
The British Army has taken delivery of its first two remanufactured AH-64E Apache attack helicopters.
Nov 26, 2020
Germany has formally placed orders for 31 NH90 NATO Frigate Helicopters (NFH) to replace its Westland Sea Lynx fleet.
Nov 25, 2020
Pilot training and simulator leader CAE of Canada is buying the Canadian-based assets of TRU Simulation + Training from Textron for $40 million in cash, the companies announced Nov. 25.
Nov 24, 2020
The U.S. Air Force has completed its evaluation of the interim KC-46 Remote Vision System upgrade and will integrate “a few capabilities” while waiting for the full replacement, the service acquisition executive says.

Space

Nov 27, 2020
The space launch ambitions of the Shetland Islands have been given an additional boost with investment from a Scottish conservation fund, but the cash injection appears to have prompted a war of words between competing space ports.
Nov 25, 2020
SpaceX has marked its 100th Falcon 9 launch with a record seventh reflight of a first-stage booster, a mission that increased the company’s burgeoning Starlink broadband network to more than 950 satellites.
Nov 25, 2020
Engineering and government professional services provider Jacobs has acquired cyber and artificial intelligence specialist The Buffalo Group to bolster its offerings to the U.S. intelligence community and military.
Nov 24, 2020
Though on his third voyage to the International Space Station, veteran Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi said each mission poses a challenge, with the adjustments well worth making to help inspire younger generations.
Nov 23, 2020
The Chinese National Space Administration’s Chang’e 5 lunar sample return mission lifted off Nov. 23 U.S. time, initiating a planned 3-4-week excursion to gather the youngest-ever samples from the lunar surface.

Missile Defense & Weapons

Nov 24, 2020
Brazil is to develop an air-launched cruise missile for use from its new fleet of F-39 Gripen combat aircraft, becoming the first Latin American country to pursue such a capability.
Nov 17, 2020
A U.S. Navy SM-3 Block IIA missile late on Nov. 16 shot down an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) target in a landmark test for the U.S…
Nov 13, 2020
The U.S. Army will activate two air defense artillery batteries at Fort Bliss in Texas to test and evaluate the Iron Dome system for integration into the service’s existing architecture.
Nov 13, 2020
European missile manufacturer MBDA’s high-tier missile/long-range mobile missile (MHT/MLP) has been selected to fulfill France’s Future Tactical Air-to-Surface Missile (MAST-F) requirement.
Nov 11, 2020
Northrop Grumman is looking to become the third major missile provider to the Pentagon and allied customers, the company’s chief executive said Nov. 11.

Sensors & Electronic Warfare

Nov 25, 2020
Engineering and government professional services provider Jacobs has acquired cyber and artificial intelligence specialist The Buffalo Group to bolster its offerings to the U.S. intelligence community and military.
Nov 23, 2020
A $350 million investment since 2017 in test and evaluation infrastructure for hypersonic systems has sat mostly dormant, but is about to get its first test.
Nov 23, 2020
Defense electronics companies in France, Germany and Spain have begun developing distributed sensors for the European Future Combat Air System.
Nov 18, 2020
CAE will supply the six MAD-Expanded Response (MAD-XR) sensors to Lockheed Martin for integration on the MH-60Rs during Phase 1 of the program. 
Nov 17, 2020
The Legion-Embedded System pod has been ordered by an undisclosed F-16 Block 70/72 customer and is available for delivery by new operators starting in 2023.

Supply chain

Nov 17, 2020
Additive manufacturing machine maker 3D Systems said it is on the verge of finishing one of the world’s largest, fastest most precise powder metal 3D printers for U.S. Army Research Laboratory use toward long-range munitions, helicopters, air and missile defenses.
Nov 05, 2020
The new chief executive of Kaman, which recently downsized to focus on aerospace and defense, expects to pursue mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and to implement a new business operating system to squeeze higher margins out of the supplier’s operations.
Oct 30, 2020
The contract with a $700 million ceiling value could result in orders for up to 2.906 ACES 5 ejection seats over the next decade, beginning with a task order to replace the ACES 2 seats in the Boeing F-15 fleet. 
Oct 29, 2020
The San Diego-based company announced winning a contract on October 29 for a program that provides professional services for U.S. federal agencies.
Oct 29, 2020
AE Industrial Partners, a private equity firm with an aerospace and defense focus, is growing its military space business with a new acquisition that serves the Pentagon’s desire to tap into small-form, new-space developments.

Budget, Policy & Operations

Nov 25, 2020
The U.S. Air Force has selected four locations to become home for the C-130J, but a key Democrat on Capitol Hill is condemning the announcement as politicized because one of the bases is located in Georgia where there will be a double runoff election for the U.S. Senate in January.
Nov 24, 2020
TransDigm Group will buy Cobham Aero Connectivity of Marlow, UK, a provider of highly engineered antennas and radios, for $965 million in cash.
Nov 24, 2020
The U.S. Air Force has created an “integrating” program executive office for the Advanced Battle Management System that will be nestled under the Rapid Capabilities Office, the service acquisition executive says.
Nov 24, 2020
A U.S. Air Force F-15 pilot died last summer after losing spatial orientation during air-to-air exercises over the North Sea, an air force safety board has concluded.
Nov 24, 2020
President-elect Joe Biden has announced members of his national security and foreign policy teams, including Tony Blinken, who he intends to nominate as secretary of state.