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Transparent Armor from NRL

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has invented a new way of making transparent spinel, a mineral that is tougher, stronger, harder than glass. U.S. Naval Research Laboratory/Jamie Hartman The new material has many...

Restored F-2B arrived at Misawa

One of the F-2Bs damaged during the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami has been fully restored and arrived at its new home in Misawa Air Base on Apr. 21. U.S. Air Force photo by...

X-37B will test Hall thruster in space

The U.S. Air Force has finally revealed one of the tests it will carry out on board the X-37B. By USAF [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons After liftoff next month, the secretive spacecraft will...

Pentagon IG, GAO found problems with F135 program

The U.S. Government Accountability Office and the Pentagon Inspector General have raised issues with the F135 engine program. By Georges Seguin (Okki) (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons The GAO...

Saab ruled out selling Gripen to Argentina

A spokesman from Saab says his company will not negotiate with Argentina over the sale of Gripen fighters. © Milan Nykodym, Czech Republic [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons “Nobody has asked us to...

Textron releases first quarter earnings

US company Textron released its first quarter earnings on 28 April, with an 8% increase in revenue compared with the year before and a 51% increase in net income. Textron had revenue of USD3.1...

Saab pitches Gripen as Typhoon replacement for Austria

Saab is touting its Gripen combat aircraft to Austria as a possible replacement for that country’s early model Eurofighter Typhoons, a senior company official disclosed on 27 April. Speaking at the Linköping production facility...

Saab not selling Gripens to Argentina, official says

A proposed sale of 24 Saab Gripen E/F combat aircraft to Argentina is highly unlikely to happen, a senior company representative told reporters on 27 April. Speaking at the manufacturer’s Linköping facility in Sweden,...

EU needs stronger security-of-supply initiatives, says lobby group

European Union (EU) leaders and their institutions must agree on much stronger security-of-supply initiatives if they are serious about capability development and preserving Europe’s defence technological base, warns the sector’s largest industry lobby: the...

Turkey issues RfI for armed MALE/HALE UAV

Turkey’s Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM) released a request for information (RfI) on 28 April for the procurement of an armed medium- or high-altitude long-endurance (MALE or HALE) unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to meet...

IDF kills Golan infiltrators

The security situation on Israel’s northern border has deteriorated following a claim that the Israel Air Force targeted arms shipments that were destined for the Lebanese group Hizbullah. Israel Defense Forces (IDF) sources said...

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