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CH-53K Completes Critical Tests With Maximum Payload Flight

Sikorsky has completed the last of its its critical flight expansion activities for its CH-53K ahead of its first delivery of the aircraft to the Marine Corps later in 2018, with a successful external lift test to carry a maximum weight payload, the company said March 7. The Lockheed Martin [LMT] owned aircraft company flew its CH-53K […]

Army Spending Millions On Contract Aviation To Support Afghanistan Troop Increase

Army logistics units in Afghanistan are spending millions of dollars contracting heavy lift helicopters to move supplies in support of the expected 3,900 additional troops headed for that country in coming months. U.S. military rotorcraft in Afghanistan are spared the less glamorous missions of delivering mail, food, water and ammunition to distributed bases and instead […]

Army Buys First Post-Lawsuit Lot Of Airbus Utility Helicopters

Free from legal shackles it has been forced to wear for more than two years, the Army has signed a $273 million deal with Airbus Helicopters for additional UH-72 Lakota aircraft. Announced March 8, the contract is for 35 of the light utility helicopters the Army uses to train rotorcraft pilots for other non-combat utility roles. The […]

Air Force Leaders Push For More Aggressive Role In Space

At an Air Force Association (AFA) symposium the week of Feb. 18, that was supposed to be devoted to air warfare, U.S. Air Force leaders spent part of their time underscoring space’s increasing importance to the service. Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein said Feb. 23 that the Air Force, which has traditionally focused on […]

DoD Nears Hiring Outside Firm To Study Possible Space Department

The Pentagon is close to picking an outside firm to write a roadmap for the possible creation of a military space department, a key lawmaker said Feb. 28. The fiscal year 2018 defense authorization act, which Congress passed late in 2017, calls for the deputy defense secretary to hire a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) to craft the […]

Air Force Space Command Shifting To Warfighting Operational Mindset

Air Force officials are looking to shift to a warfighting operational mindset in the space domain with the opening of a new coalition center to test capabilities and aggressively pursue simulation opportunities for mission training. Leadership for Air Force Space Command want to move away from viewing space solely as a support unit to better […]

Army Pushing Interim Counter-Russian Air-Defense Systems To Europe

Recognizing the potential threat to NATO forces from Russian unmanned aircraft, guided missiles and artillery, the Army is pushing interim air- and missile-defense (AMD) capabilities to Europe and speeding soldiers through training to man them. Air and missile defense is a major modernization priority for the Army, but while new systems and capabilities are under […]

Hyten Says Space Sensors Needed For Missile Defense

The Commander of U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) said space sensors are necessary for midcourse missile defense discrimination in a speech about how the Defense Department needs to move forward on missile defenses. Although the U.S. needs to improve a number of things in missile defense, the highest priority in capabilities is improved sensors, Air Force […]

Lockheed Martin Conducts Successful PAC-3 Missile Interception Tests

Lockheed Martin [LMT] recently conducted successful tactical ballistic missile interception tests for two of its PAC-3 Cost Reduction Initiative (CRI) interceptors, the company said March 6. The latest tests were the 10th and 11th successful intercepts in the last six years conducted under the Army’s Field Surveillance Program to ensure PAC-3 CRI readiness. “PAC-3 continues to […]

Northrop Grumman Awarded $475 Million Contract To Model Missile Defense, MDA Director Says No GBI Tests In ‘18

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA), the week of March 4, awarded Northrop Grumman a non-competitive contract worth up to $475 million to develop, integrate, test, and field missile defense modeling and simulation tools. The March 5 sole source contract covers task orders from March 2018 through March 2023. The MDA said the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) award […]