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  • Thales Presents Covid-19 Strategy | Boeing Tapped For F-15 Qatar Program | HMS...
    by Emily Erhold on April 8, 2020 at 4:00 am

    Americas Thales announced a series of measures to deal with the Covid-19 crisis, which include: significant reduction in discretionary spending; strengthening of actions to control working capital requirements; deferral of non-critical investments; maintaining the continuity of critical and […]

  • Aging Aircraft: USAF F-15 Fleet Sees Renewed Interest
    by Joe Katzman on April 8, 2020 at 3:58 am

    F-15C over DC (click to view full) “Array of Aging American Aircraft Attracting Attention” discusses the issues that accompany an air force whose fighters have an average age of over 23.5 years – vs. an average of 8.5 years in 1967. One of the most obvious consequences is the […]

  • BAE Systems To Drydock USS Boxer | New European Takuba Task Force in the Sahel...
    by Emily Erhold on April 7, 2020 at 4:00 am

    Americas Thales Defense won a $8 million contract for H-60 reel and cable assemblies. The UH-60 Black Hawk, developed by Sikorsky, has been operational in the US Army since 1978. Black Hawk helicopters have logged over four million flying hours, including a diverse range of combat missions in […]

  • USAF And Boeing Agree on Pegasus RVS Design | German Tornados Return From...
    by Emily Erhold on April 6, 2020 at 4:00 am

    Americas The US Air Force has come to an agreement with Boeing for the final KC-46A Pegasus Remote Vision System design. Two agreements were reached on April 2 to be incorporated in the KC-46 contract. The first Memorandum of Agreement institutes the redesign and retrofit of RVS 2.0 in full […]

  • KC-46A Pegasus Aerial Tanker Completes Firsts
    by Joe Katzman on April 6, 2020 at 3:58 am

    KC-135: Old as the hills… (click to view full) DID’s FOCUS articles cover major weapons acquisition programs – and no program is more important to the USAF than its aerial tanker fleet renewal. In January 2007, the big question was whether there would be a competition for the […]

  • LPD-17 San Antonio Class: The USA’s New Amphibious Ships
    by Joe Katzman on April 6, 2020 at 3:56 am

    LPD-17 cutaway (click to view full) LPD-17 San Antonio class amphibious assault support vessels are just entering service with the US Navy, and 11 ships of this class are eventually slated to replace up to 41 previous ships. Much like their smaller predecessors, their mission is to embark, […]

  • The New Chinooks: Boeing’s Modern H-47 Heavy-Lift Helicopters
    by Joe Katzman on April 6, 2020 at 3:54 am

    CH-47Fs take off (click to view full) DII FOCUS articles offer in-depth, updated looks at significant military programs of record; this FOCUS Article covers the CH-47F/MH-47G Chinook helicopter programs, in the USA and abroad. These helicopters’ distinctive “flying banana” […]

  • RQ-4 Global Hawk UAVs
    by Joe Katzman on April 6, 2020 at 3:52 am

    RQ-4A Global Hawk (click to view full) Northrop Grumman’s RQ-4 Global Hawk UAV has established a dominant position in the High Altitude/ Long Endurance UAV market. While they are not cheap, they are uniquely capable. During Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), the system flew only 5% of the US Air […]

  • Lockheed Martin Tapped For JASSM Production | Ivory Coast Gets Mi-8Ps |...
    by Emily Erhold on April 3, 2020 at 4:00 am

    Americas Lockheed Martin won an $818.2 million contract modification for Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) Lot 17 and 18 production. The deal provides for 360 Lot 17 JASSM-Extended Range (ER) missiles; 40 Lot 17 Foreign Military Sales (FMS) JASSM-ER missiles; and 390 Lot 18 JASSM-ER […]

  • AGM-158 JASSM: Lockheed’s Family of Stealthy Cruise Missiles
    by Joe Katzman on April 3, 2020 at 3:58 am

    JASSM-ER from B-1B (click to view full) The 2,000 pound AGM-158 JASSM (Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile) is intended to be a stealthy, inexpensive GPS/IIR (Global Positioning system/ Imaging InfraRed) guided cruise missile. It’s designed to attack well-defended targets without putting […]

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