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Fifth Generation Fighters Vital to Respond to Future Crises in Pacific Theater, Commander Says

Adm. Phil Davidson, the commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, told lawmakers this week that fifth generation fighters, such as the Lockheed Martin F-35 and F-22, are vital to respond to future crises in the region. “Certainly, fifth gen fighters, I would tell you, are the backbone of any of our planning for a crisis forward in the […]

The Robotic Arm and Instruments That Will Drill, Analyze and Visualize Mars

As NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover relays high definition imagery and video to mission control at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California the ground vehicle’s robotic arm is preparing to drill into, take pictures of and analyze minerals, chemicals, and other critical sources of life on the Red Planet. Perseverance, landed on Mars on Thursday, […]

US Air Force Testing Dialable Effects Munition This Year

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is conducting a Joint Concept Technology Demonstration (JCTD) with the Navy on an AFRL-developed Dialable Effects Munition (DEM) that would allow pilots to dial up or down a munition’s power before weapons release–for example “wide area effects” for a truck convoy with no civilians present or a narrow effect […]

US Air Force to End Launch Services Agreements with Northrop Grumman and Blue Origin

On Dec. 31, the U.S. Air Force ended its Launch Services Agreements (LSAs) with Northrop Grumman and Blue Origin and paid out $787.2 million to the companies–$531.7 million to Northrop Grumman and $255.5 million to Blue Origin, the Air Force said on Jan. 22. The service said that the termination letters to the companies “are not releasable.” Under the […]

Roper: F-35 Program at an ‘Inflection Point,’ as Air Force Looks to Reduce Flying Hour Cost to Bank for Future Systems

The program for the Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter, managed by the F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland,  is at an “inflection point” in which the program needs to reduce sustainment, cost-per-flying hour costs, as the U.S. Air Force looks to double its fleet of the conventional F-35As over the […]

Companies Small and Large Get Partnership with NASA for Future of Space Technologies

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) made an Announcement of Collaboration Opportunity (ACO) with 17 U.S. companies for 20 partnerships to mature space technology. The ACO, which is unfunded, will last between 12 and 24 months and has a total estimated value of $15.5 million, according to a NASA press release. The industry teams […]

Air Force Examining Modernization of Early Warning Radars

The U.S. Air Force is examining the modernization of its system of early warning radars and airborne command and control assets in Alaska. “It’s time to take a look at new ways of doing these things, and this is a topic that’s under way,” Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett said on Nov. 19 during a […]

Taiclet Further Outlines Lockheed Martin’s Future Vision for Military 5G Operations

Recent successful demonstrations of data sharing between different types of weapon systems and a contract win to develop a new space-based tactical communications system that will eventually help tie together troops and weapons systems in the sea, air, and land domains show how fifth-generation wireless technology is coming to the battlespace for network-centric warfare, Lockheed […]

Airbus Looks to Create New Jet Trainer for Spanish Air Force

Airbus revealed a trainer jet program for the Spanish Air Force this month that will replace the current F-5 advanced training aircraft fleet with growth potential to be the future trainer aircraft of the Future Combat Air System (FCAS) and New Generation Fighter (NGF), according to a press document on the aircraft. It will also […]

Policy Discussions on Ethical and Responsible Use of Autonomous Weapons Likely

As the U.S. Army recruits the other military services to participate in next year’s Project Convergence exercise to showcase significantly contracted sensor-to-shooter timelines through artificial intelligence (AI), policy discussions on the future use of lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS) are likely. Drones represent a prominent LAWS use case. One industry expert said that the U.S. […]