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DARPA Pushing Hypersonic Missile Development To Meet Russia, China Capabilities

The head of the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) is looking to speed up the development of hypersonic missile capabilities to meet those of Russia and China, including seeking more funding to grow the number of test facilities. DARPA is moving forward with several projects to advance flight testing and build new engines for […]

AeroVironment Receives $44.5 Million Puma AE UAS Deal From Country In Middle East

AeroVironment [AVAV] has received a $44.5 million contract from a country in the Middle East for its Puma II AE small unmanned aircraft system (UAS) equipped with its Mantis i45 sensor, the company said March 6. The deal is AeroVironment’s largest international contract to date for its rugged, portable Puma II UAS with its proprietary electro-optical/infrared […]

State Approves Possible $197 Million Deal To Upgrade Qatar’s Air Force Operations Center

The State Department has approved a possible $197 million deal with Qatar for equipment and support needed to upgrade its Air Force’s operations center. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress on March 8 of the foreign military sale (FMS). “The Government of Qatar has requested to purchase equipment and support to upgrade the […]

State Department Approves Possible $270.4 Million Deal with UAE For Sidewinder Block II Missiles

The State Department has approved a possible $270.4 million deal with the United Arab Emirates for 300 AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder Block II missiles. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress on March 8 of the foreign military sale (FMS). “This potential sale will improve the UAE’s capability to meet current and future threats and provide […]

Air Force To Study Replacement Options For Command And ISR Planes

The U.S. Air Force is gearing up to launch a study this summer on options for replacing its fleets of large command-and-control (C2) and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) planes, a key general said Feb. 22. While the analysis of alternatives (AoA) was originally going to look at potential successors to the E-3 Airborne Warning […]

Lockheed’s Open-Systems Approach Allows Integration Of Commercial, Internal Tech With Military Systems

Lockheed Martin [LMT] is investing significant resources into modular open-architecture systems so that it can integrate new technologies into the platforms it already builds for the U.S. military. In a world where weapons and other military systems are increasingly software-defined and in which commercial technology is advancing at exponential rates, taking a modular, open-systems engineering approach […]

Navy Names Eight Competitors For C4I Engineering Product Contracts

The Navy on Feb. 23 awarded eight companies multiple award indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contracts ranging from $13 to $19 million to compete for orders on engineering products supporting command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence (C4I) systems. The Defense Department specified the engineering products include software applications, web service development, and database or database management systems for […]

DoD CIO Readying Cybersecurity Scorecard 2.0, Focusing On Automation

Department of Defense officials are readying to add automation to its cyber security scorecard procedure to make better use of network security data and more rapidly integrate off-the-shelf commercial capabilities. The DoD Cybersecurity Scorecard 2.0 will move past manual entry of critical network data to assess cyber hygiene, with hopes that building in continuous monitoring […]

Lockheed Martin Announces New Cyber Mission Platform

Lockheed Martin [LMT] has rolled out a new comprehensive cyber mission system, capable of performing offensive, defensive, and command & control operations, in its bid to win an Air Force contract for Cyber Mission Forces. The new “Henosis” platform, announced at the company’s annual media on March 5, was developed for the Air Force’s $30 million […]