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Farnborough 2018

Up the Buy ASAP: Fixing American Airpower

Posted by Doug Birkey on


Double the buy rate on F-35A starting in 2020 and plan on a minimum of 200 B-21 bombers built in rapid fashion. That will begin to get to the Air Force that America needs to meets the challenges of the future.

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EXCLUSIVE: What Multi Domain C2 May Look Like: Raytheon’s Rick Yuse

Posted by Colin Clark on


The video will give you an idea of what may become the combat center of the future, but one dispersed around the world, instead of being concentrated in a few hyper-secure (but potentially targetable) facilities.

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Ellen Lord’s Farnborough Schedule Change; She Went To India

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The relationship between India and the U.S. is one both sides want to nurture, but Russian military sales, the demands both sides are making over production, and and other tough issues remain to be ironed out.

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Will UK’s ‘Tempest’ Fighter End In A Teapot?

Posted by Colin Clark on


There’s been a great deal of dismissive skepticism among the cognoscenti gathered here.

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Romania Inches Forward On Major Attack Helo Deal

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Romania, a NATO ally, is nervously watching Russian moves in the Black Sea, is spending big on American military kit.

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Artificial Intel, Buying Software And Old Planes: Farnborough Air Show

Posted by Colin Clark on


Will this result in more operations like the Kessel Run Experimentation Lab in Boston, where coders join airmen to build useful software? Perhaps it will mean the service will hire civilian coders or train airmen to write code.

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Meet the New U.S. Export Policy, And The Tariffs Complicating Things

Posted by Paul McLeary on


A slate of poorly understood new tariff and sanctions rules are complicating the Trump Administration’s own efforts to boost arms exports, even as sales of American-made weaponry blow past previous highs.

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Navy’s New EW Jammer to be Ready in 2022

Posted by Paul McLeary on


FARNBOROUGH AIR SHOW The U.S. Navy hopes to start flying its Next Generation Jammer some time next year, though the system won’t reach operational capability until 2022, said Navy Capt. Michael Orr, program manager for the service’s electronic attack systems. As it stands now the Navy’s principal airborne electronic attack systems relies on technology developed… Keep reading →

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Pentagon Wants Industry to be Smart on Cyber, But No Plan Yet

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Under constant cyber attack, the Pentagon is struggling to find ways to incorporate cyber security as part of the contracting process.

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Army, Navy Buy Raytheon’s Coyote Drone Weapon

Posted by Colin Clark on


  FARNBOROUGH AIR SHOW: The US Army, witnessing the expanding use of commercial and light miltiary drones around the world, has bought Raytheon’s tube-launched Coyote drone to find, target and destroy them. The contract includes Raytheon’s KRFS radar. The Army is deploying the system. The company would not say how large the contract is, but… Keep reading →

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