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Manned Systems

Navy Receives First T-54A Training Aircraft

The U.S. Navy received the first two operational T-54A multi-engine training system aircraft last week at Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, Texas.

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Defense

AI Pilots X-62A in First Aerial Dogfight

The U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency have reported another major breakthrough for the artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms or "agents" that...

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Data Acquisition

Radar and Weapons Upgrades for Netherlands Air Force MQ-9A Reapers

The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) is adding a series of modifications to its fleet of MQ-9A Reapers.

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Boeing to Start Latest P-8A Poseidon Airframe, Avionics Increment 3 Upgrades

The U.S. Navy delivered the first P-8A Poseidon aircraft to be modified with Increment 3 Block 2 capabilities to Boeing on March 27, enabling the fleet to be...

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Unmanned Systems

Are European Cities Ready for Drones and U-Space?

The City of Hamburg has been developing urban air mobility (UAM) as a strategic policy since 2017. Its strategy has been a step-by-step implementation of UAM, with an initial focus on...

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Design

German Researchers Develop New Approach to Detecting Ice Accumulation in Flight

Researchers at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) have developed a new approach to detecting ice formation resulting from the accumulation of large droplets...

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Research Lab

XQ-67A's First Flight Shows 'Genus' Approach to Aircraft Design

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) completed the first flight of the XQ-67A last week at the General Atomics Gray Butte Flight Operations Facility near Palmdale,...

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Manned Systems

Airlines Have Started Flying Airbus Jets Equipped with MH370-Inspired Emergency Locators

Following European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification last year, Airbus introduced a new-generation Emergency Locator Transmitter...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

New Commercial Satellite Connectivity Terminals for Air Force Research Aircraft

Intelsat will supply new satellite connectivity terminals on several different U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) aircraft, according to a Feb. 14...

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Unmanned Systems

Army Ends Future Attack and Reconnaissance Helicopter Development Program

The U.S. Army announced in a Feb. 8 statement that it will end development of the Future Attack and Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) when prototyping activities are...

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Unmanned Systems

BAE Systems Acquires Developer of Electric Heavy Lift Quadcopters

BAE Systems has acquired Malloy Aeronautics, a U.K.-based company that makes heavy lift drones capable of delivering rapid response aid and equipment over buildings,...

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Imaging

New Video Card Enables Supersonic Vision System for NASA's X-59 Demonstrator

During a Jan. 12, 2024 rollout ceremony at Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works facility in Palmdale, California, NASA debuted the new X-59 quiet supersonic aircraft....

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Daimler Truck and Torc Intensify Pursuit of Autonomous Trucks

Several autonomous-truck startups faltered in 2023. Another blow to the sector came in December, when TuSimple laid off about 150 employees, or 75% of its U.S. workforce, as...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Bombardier to Start Building New Army HADES Prototype Spy Plane

Bombardier Defense has received a new contract award to develop a prototype spy plane for the Army’s High Accuracy Detection and Exploitation System (HADES) program. Under...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

European KC-135s Get Real Time Cockpit System Upgrades

Aircraft assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing are the first tankers in U.S. Air Forces in Europe to be equipped with a new data link system, allowing them to communicate and...

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Electronics & Computers

‘Zonal’ for the Win

Multiple trends are driving the evolution of electric vehicles (EVs), hybrid-electric vehicles (HEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). Urbanization and sustainability pressures have spurred...

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Aerospace

ATHENA Sensor Brings Generational Leap to Airborne MANPAD Protection

Since their introduction, Man-Portable Air Defense Systems – heat-seeking, shoulder-fired missiles – have been a persistent threat to U.S. Army aviation. Infrared...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Airbus Tests Single Stick Electric Flight Control System for Prototype eVTOL

Airbus Helicopters has completed a test flight using its FlightLab demonstrator helicopter to evaluate a new single stick electric flight control system...

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Aerospace

Eurofighter Typhoons to Receive Touchscreen Cockpit Display Upgrades

BAE Systems has confirmed its selection of Collins Aerospace as the provider of the large area cockpit display upgrade for future Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft....

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Unmanned Systems

AI Algorithms Fly Uncrewed XQ-58A Valkyrie Drone for Three Hour Sortie

Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) engineers and researchers used artificial intelligence (AI) agents or algorithms to fly an unmanned XQ-58A Valkyrie aircraft on a...

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Unmanned Systems

Advances in Military Avionics Technologies Create New Challenges for RF Test and Measurement

One of the common features of modern military avionics systems is the adoption of high-frequency and millimeter-wave (mmWave) communications to achieve higher data rates and enhanced resistance to interference.

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Euclid Space Telescope Begins Mission to Study Dark Energy and Matter

ESA’s Euclid spacecraft lifted off on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida, on July 1, 2023. The successful launch marks the...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

New Report Highlights Need for Department-Wide Guidance in DoD's AI Acquisition Strategy

The Department of Defense (DoD) designated artificial intelligence (AI) a top modernization area and is allocating considerable spending to develop...

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AR/AI

Air Force Forecasts 2040 Operating Environments in Global Futures Report

The Air Force published its Global Futures Report April 12, assessing four potential operating environments Airmen may have to navigate in before the turn of the...

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Communications

The Future of Avionics: Machine-Learned and Certified

The emerging advanced air mobility market is driving the convergence of airborne electronic systems that are highly integrated with unprecedented functionality. Legacy avionics systems...

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Electronics & Computers

DARPA AI Algorithms Transition from Simulator to Flying Modified F-16

A joint Department of Defense team executed 12 flight tests in which artificial intelligence (AI) agents piloted the X-62A Variable Stability In-Flight Simulator Test...

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Defense

US Navy Selects Special Missions King Air 260 as New Multi-Engine Trainer System

In a contract first announced on Jan. 25, the U.S. Navy has awarded Textron Aviation a single, firm-fixed-price contract to develop the T-54A multi-engine...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Airbus Launches European Defense Fund Research and Development Projects

Airbus has launched two defense research and development projects that it is coordinating as part of the 2021 European Defense Fund (EDF). In July 2022, the European...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

French Air and Space Force CN-235 Fleet to Receive New Avionics Upgrades

A consortium formed by Sabena Technics and Thales has been awarded a contract for the upgrade of the French Air and Space Force’s fleet of CN-235 twin-turboprop...

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