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NIST Studies Use of Quantum Physics to Support Underground, Underwater & Indoor Comms

NIST Studies Use of Quantum Physics to Support Underground, Underwater & Indoor Comms

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has begun to experiment with “quantum radios” that might be able to support communications and mapping in environments where radios, global positioning systems and cellphones cannot operate reliably. NIST said Tuesday its researchers are studying very low frequency digitally-modulated magnetic signals that can penetrate building materials, water and […]

Marines Take Over Testing Of Robotic Resupply Helicopter

The Marine Corps will take over testing of an autonomous UH-1 Huey after a successful final test of the robotic aircraft on Dec. 13 in which it demonstrated the ability to perform combat resupply missions without a pilot. Developed by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and Aurora Flight Sciences, the Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System […]

Bell V-280 Tiltrotor Prototype Achieves First Flight

The V-280 Valor advanced tiltrotor lifted off Dec. 18, marking a first for Bell Helicopter’s offering in the Army’s Joint Multirole technology demonstration (JMR-TD). The company did not immediately provide information about the duration or other characteristics of the V-280’s first flight. Video and still images from the company show the aircraft lifting off from […]

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Pentagon Begins Year Of Restructure With Uncertain Funding

The Pentagon begins 2018 again operating under a stopgap funding measure that limits spending while officials begin a systematic restructuring of the department and anticipate further changes prescribed by a flurry of reports due in coming months. A new National Defense Strategy (NDS) focusing on streamlining the Pentagon bureaucracy and achieving greater efficiency is expected […]

Hill Air Force Base F-35As fly in formation over the Utah Test and Training Range, March 30, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/R. Nial Bradshaw)

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Editor’s Note. This will be the last issue of Defense Daily in 2017. Our next issue will be dated Jan. 3, 2018. Happy Holidays! F-35 Production. Lockheed Martin plans to deliver about 90 F-35 Lightning IIs to U.S. and foreign customers in 2018, up from 66 fighter jets this year and 46 in 2016, a […]

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BAE Takes Home Howitzer Contract Carrying Full-rate Production Option

BAE Systems has been given the green light and a hefty check by the Army to upgrade the final lot of M109 Paladin self-propelled guns to the modern A7 configuration, a move that all but clears the vehicle for full-rate production, according to a company executive. The Army on Dec. 21 awarded BAE a $227 […]

State Department Approves $200 Million Deal With Poland For F-16 Follow-On Support

The State Department has approved a possible $200 million deal with Poland for follow-on support to sustain its fleet of F-16 aircraft. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress on Dec. 20 of the foreign military sale (FMS) for aircraft maintenance and upgrades, as well as engine support. “This proposed sale will support the […]

Saab Acquiring Two Swedish Shipyards

Boeing [BA] and Brazil’s Embraer [ERJ] on Dec. 21 said they are in discussions for a “potential combination” following a report in the Wall Street Journal that Boeing is in talks to acquire the maker of regional and business jets, light-attack fighters and reconnaissance aircraft, and medium-size military transport aircraft. Sweden’s Saab on Dec. 21 said it is acquiring two compatriot shipyards, […]

Boeing In Talks On Combination With Embraer

Boeing [BA] and Brazil’s Embraer [ERJ] on Dec. 21 said they are in discussions for a “potential combination” following a report in the Wall Street Journal that Boeing is in talks to acquire the maker of regional and business jets, light-attack fighters and reconnaissance aircraft, and medium-size military transport aircraft. The Journal reported that the potential acquisition would be at a “large […]