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JASSM-XR is now officially JASSM-D

The U.S. Air Force has designated the JASSM-XR as JASSM-D. This was revealed in a sources-sought notice to buy 40 of those cruise missiles in production Lot 19. Photo by Master Sgt. Michael Jackson...

USAF to test-fire unarmed Minuteman III ICBM

A Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile will be test-fired from Vandenberg Air Force Base on Oct. 2. Senior Airman Ian Dudley [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons The missile will be fired sometime between 1:13...

FLIR acquires Aria’s tethered drone assets

Oregon-based FLIR Systems has acquired tethered drone assets and related intellectual property (IP) from Aria Insights, a Massachusetts company that ceased operations in March, FLIR announced on 2 October. Aria, formerly CyPhy Works, developed...

South Korean F-35 aircraft make public debut

South Korea displayed some of its recently acquired Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters for the first time during an event to mark the 71th anniversary of the country’s Armed Forces Day...

Brazil set to finalise MTC-300 cruise missile development

Avibras Indústria Aeroespacial is scheduled to complete development of the Míssil Tático de Cruzeiro (MTC-300) surface-launched tactical long-range cruise missile for the Brazilian Army in December 2020, General José Júlio Dias Barreto, project manager...

USAF awards next-gen area-attack weapon contracts

The US Air Force (USAF) has contracted two manufacturers to deliver 15,000 warhead cases for the BLU-136/B next-generation area-attack weapon. The contracts, announced by the Department of Defense (DoD) on 1 October, are for...

Rolls-Royce completes Siemens eAircraft deal

Rolls-Royce announced on 1 October that it has completed its acquisition of the Siemens eAircraft hybrid and hybrid-electric propulsion systems business for an undisclosed sum. The deal was announced on 18 June. Siemens eAircraft...

Japan, Philippines engage on industrial co-operation

Japan and the Philippines held their inaugural defence industry forum on 1 October to explore areas of potential collaboration in research, development, and production. The Japan Ministry of Defense’s Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency...

Rolls-Royce completes Siemens eAircraft deal

Rolls-Royce announced on 1 October that it has completed its acquisition of the Siemens eAircraft hybrid and hybrid-electric propulsion systems business for an undisclosed sum. The deal was announced on 18 June. Siemens eAircraft...

ULA Wins $98 Million For Three Atlas V Launches

The Air Force awarded United Launch Alliance (ULA) a $98.5 million firm-fixed-price contract for Atlas V Completion launch services, marking the end of a series of sole-source contracts to the joint launch group as...

ULA Wins $98 Million For Three Atlas V Launches

The Air Force awarded United Launch Alliance (ULA) a $98.5 million firm-fixed-price contract for Atlas V Completion launch services, marking the end of a series of sole-source contracts to the joint launch group as...

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