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  • Canadian Frigates Get Sea Ceptors | France Orders 8 H225Ms | 1st Danish F-35...
    by Emily Erhold on April 20, 2021 at 4:00 am

    Americas The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awarded three contracts this week to design a nuclear thermal propulsion system that will operate above low Earth orbit in 2025. General Atomics, Blue Origin and Lockheed Martin are the prime contractors for the deal, according to a DARPA new […]

  • MQ-9 Reaper: Unfettered for Export
    by Joe Katzman on April 20, 2021 at 3:58 am

    0 Reaper, ready… (click to view full) The MQ-9 Reaper UAV, once called “Predator B,” is somewhat similar to the famous Predator. Until you look at the tail. Or its size. Or its weapons. It’s called “Reaper” for a reason: while it packs the same surveillance gear, it’s much more of a […]

  • F-35 Lightning: The Joint Strike Fighter Program
    by Padraig McCarrick on April 20, 2021 at 3:56 am

      F-35B: off probation (click to view full) The $382 billion F-35 Joint Strike fighter program may well be the largest single global defense program in history. This major multinational program is intended to produce an “affordably stealthy” multi-role fighter that will have 3 variants: the […]

  • Serious Dollars for AEGIS Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD)
    by Joe Katzman on April 20, 2021 at 3:54 am

    AEGIS-BMD: CG-70 launches SM-3 (click to view full) The AEGIS Ballistic Missile Defense System seamlessly integrates the SPY-1 radar, the MK 41 Vertical Launching System for missiles, the SM-3 Standard missile, and the ship’s command and control system, in order to give ships the ability to […]

  • V-22 Conducts 1st Landing On Ship Deck | Norway’s 1st Poseidon Arrived At...
    by Emily Erhold on April 19, 2021 at 4:00 am

    Americas The US Naval Research Laboratory has demonstrated that its electric unmanned aerial vehicle dubbed Hybrid Tiger can stay airborne for 24 hours using multiple power sources. “The flight was effectively a performance test in worst-case conditions: temperatures falling below zero degrees […]

  • V-22 Osprey: The Multi-Year Buys, 2008-2017
    by Joe Katzman on April 19, 2021 at 3:58 am

    (click to view full) In March 2008, the Bell Boeing Joint Project Office in Amarillo, TX received a $10.4 billion modification that converted the previous N00019-07-C-0001 advance acquisition contract to a fixed-price-incentive-fee, multi-year contract. The new contract rose to $10.92 billion, and […]

  • E-2D Hawkeye: The Navy’s New AWACS
    by Joe Katzman on April 19, 2021 at 3:56 am

    (click to view full) Northrop Grumman’s E-2C Hawkeye is a carrier-capable “mini-AWACS” aircraft, designed to give long-range warning of incoming aerial threats. Secondary roles include strike command and control, land and maritime surveillance, search and rescue, communications relay, and […]

  • P-8 Poseidon MMA: Long-Range Maritime Patrol, and More
    by Joe Katzman on April 19, 2021 at 3:54 am

    P-8A Poseidon (click to view full) Maritime surveillance and patrol is becoming more and more important, but the USA’s P-3 Orion turboprop fleet is falling apart. The P-7 Long Range Air ASW (Anti-Submarine Warfare) Capable Aircraft program to create an improved P-3 began in 1988, but cost […]

  • RQ-4 Global Hawk UAVs
    by Joe Katzman on April 19, 2021 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 […]

  • Oshkosh and BAE To Build CATV Prototype For US Army | Poland Procures 5 C-130Hs...
    by Emily Erhold on April 16, 2021 at 4:00 am

    Americas Oshkosh Defense and BAE Systems will deliver prototypes of the US Army’s next Cold Weather All-Terrain Vehicle, the companies announced. The National Advanced Mobility Consortium, which is an alliance of defense contractors and research organizations involved in providing the US […]

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