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Sikorsky-Boeing Defiant Rescheduled Test Flight

Sikorsky-Boeing Defiant Rescheduled Test Flight

The Sikorsky-Boeing Defiant design will not have its first flight in 2018, following a technical issue discovered during ground tests. Rich Koucheravy, Sikorsky director of business development for future vertical lift, and Randy Rotte, Boeing director of globalý sales and marketing for cargo helicopters and FVL, revealed the delay in a call with reporters Wednesday. “We are going to slip our first flight into early 2019. While it’s not necessarily, I’m sure, what a lot of folks would have liked,

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Lockheed-Airbus Develop New Aerial-Refueling Service

Lockheed-Airbus Develop New Aerial-Refueling Service

Lockheed Martin and Airbus have agreed to develop a new aerial-refueling service aimed at the U.S. Air Force, upping the pressure on incumbent Boeing to deliver its KC-46 tankers on time. The two companies, industry behemoths on each side of the Atlantic, hailed the pact for combining Airbus’s A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) plane with Lockheed Martin’s systems-integration expertise and “presence” on the U.S. defense market. In essence, the joint venture could provide Airbus with another bite at the massive

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Future Modernization in Military Technology

Future Modernization in Military Technology

“Innovation” and “force modernization” are the Pentagon buzzwords of the day. Strategies are being developed across the Department of Defense enterprise, with these concepts as the foundation pillars. Is this a flawed idea involving competing philosophies? Can the U.S. be truly innovative if it wants to rapidly modernize its force? For the first time in decades, the United States military apparatus does not possess a clear advantage on the world stage. The flattening of the technological landscape and emergence of

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Australia Announces Winner of New Drone Fleet

Australia Announces Winner of New Drone Fleet

Australian Defense Minister Christopher Pyne announced Friday that General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI) has been selected as the winner of its competition to supply a medium altitude long endurance (MALE) remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) to the Australian Defence Force. Australia has yet to make a choice between the MQ-9 Reaper Block 5 variant currently in production for the U.S. Air Force, or the MQ-9B Skyguardian (formerly known as the Certifiable Predator B) under development for the United Kingdom. Pyne

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Defense Department Invests in Laser Technology

Defense Department Invests in Laser Technology

The U.S. Defense Department is planning to increase investments in directed-energy systems used for missile defense over the next several budget cycles, according to the department’s top technology adviser. Michael Griffin, undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, said Tuesday he expects to have usable directed-energy weaponry in the hands of war fighters in “no more than a few years,” but acknowledged the size of a system usable for missile defense requires greater investment. “You need another factor of three

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New Maryland Defense-Aerospace Consortium

New Maryland Defense-Aerospace Consortium

A Maryland congressman is launching a local consortium on Tuesday to link small and large aerospace and defense firms and educational institutions in the Pentagon’s backyard, so the companies can solve common problems like workforce shortages. The Pentagon has identified the aging workforce as a challenge to country’s defense industry, and it’s playing out in Rep. Anthony Brown’s district, which is near NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, a major space research laboratory, and Fort Meade, the home of U.S. Cyber

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