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DARPA’s Gremlins program achieves key developmental milestone

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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Dynetics have achieved a significant milestone with the development of the new unique Gremlins air vehicle. Dynetics announced that the new X-61A Gremlins Air Vehicle (GAV) had successfully performed its maiden flight in November 2019. The test took place at Dugway Proving Ground near Salt Lake City, […]

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U.S. Air Force leverages robots to strip paint from venerable A-10 Lightning II

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Robotic media blasting used to strip paint from fighter aircraft such as the F-16 Fighting Falcon has been around at Hill Air Force Base for more than three decades. Now, the technology is being used for the first time to remove paint from the A-10 Thunderbolt II. The 576th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron is upgrading its […]

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U.S. Navy newest aircraft carrier begins aircraft compatibility testing

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The U.S. Navy newest Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier, USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) departed its homeport of Norfolk, Jan. 16 to begin Aircraft Compatibility Testing (ACT) off the East Coast as the first aircraft, an E-2D landed, on board. ACT continues the at-sea testing of Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and Advanced Arresting […]

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U.S. Air Force develops unique directed energy weapon

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The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory has developed a unique directed energy weapon demonstrator called the High-power Adaptive Directed Energy System, or HADES, that completed field testing in 2019. “HADES technology was designed with the warfighter in mind,” said the AFRL program manager Dan Marker. “The system works by combining a large number of high […]

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U.S. Air Force achieves significant milestone with new X-60A air-launched rocket

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The U.S Air Force has achieved a significant milestone with the development of the new X-60A air-launched rocket. The Air Force Research Laboratory’s X-60A program recently achieved a key developmental milestone with the completion of integrated vehicle propulsion system verification ground testing. The X-60A is an air-launched rocket designed for hypersonic flight research. It is being developed […]

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U.S. Navy completes first flight of F/A-18 Super Hornet equipped with new long-range sensor

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For the first time, Boeing and the U.S. Navy flew an F/A-18 Super Hornet equipped with an Infrared Search & Track (IRST) Block II pod in late 2019. IRST Block II is a critical component of the Block III Super Hornet. The Block III conversion will include enhanced network capability, longer range with conformal fuel […]

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Boeing also submit proposal for Germany’s new heavy lift helicopter

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U.S. aerospace giant Boeing, as well as Sikorsky and Rheinmetall, has submitted its response to the STH invitation to tender for Germany’s New Heavy Lift Helicopter program, also known as Schwerer Transporthubschrauber (STH). The STH invitation to tender was issued on 24 June 2019 by the German procurement authority, specifically, the Federal Office of Equipment, […]

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Pentagon awards $43 million contract modification for Navy Hawkeye aircraft upgrade

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The U.S. Department of Defense and Lockheed Martin announced an agreement worth about $43 million to upgrade to the AN/ALQ-217 Electronic Support Measures (ESM) system for the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye. This modification increases the scope of the existing E-2D AN/ALQ-217D electronic support measures and provides upgrades to the receiver/processor, active front end and receiver antenna […]

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Lockheed Martin says four nations will be protected with next generation radar

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Pentagon’s No.1 weapons supplier Lockheed Martin Corp said on Tuesday that through partnerships with the U.S. Government, Spain, Japan, and Canada, company’s solid state radar (SSR) technology will provide front-line defense to nations around the world with cutting-edge air and missile defense capabilities. These nations are part of a growing SSR family of 24 platforms, […]

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Lockheed announces newest mega-contract for 50 Super Hercules aircraft

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Pentagon’s No.1 weapons supplier Lockheed Martin Corp announced on Monday that it will deliver 50 C-130J Super Hercules tactical airlifts to the U.S. government through a C-130J Multiyear III award, which was finalized by the U.S. government on Dec. 27, 2019. The award comes as a delivery order under an existing Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity […]

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