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Unmanned Systems

Japanese Army to Test First Unmanned Ground Vehicles

The Japanese Ministry of Defence has signed a multimillion-dollar contract with Rheinmetall that could pave the way for future deployment of unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) by the...

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Defense

Northrop Grumman Assembles First Manta Ray UUV Prototype

Northrop Grumman has completed the assembly of its first full-size prototype of Manta Ray, the defense manufacturer's new unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV).

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Connectivity

Army Begins Satcom as a Service Evaluation

The U.S. Army has started fielding commercial satellite communications equipment, bandwidth and services to several units around the globe, under a new pilot that will inform leadership on a...

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Manned Systems

Three Companies to Build New Multi-Orbit Logistics Prototype Spacecraft

Utilizing commercial technology to facilitate greater in-space mobility for the Department of Defense (DoD), the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) is working with three...

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Propulsion

Hermeus Rolls Out First Quarterhorse Hypersonic Test Aircraft

Hermeus has unveiled its first aircraft — Quarterhorse Mk 1 — which will take flight later this year.

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Leonardo to Design Next Generation Atomic Clock for Galileo Satellites

The European Space Agency (ESA) has signed a €12 million contract with Leonardo S.p.A (Italy) and Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica to design a new atomic...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Sweden Taps GKN, Saab to Design Concepts for Future Fighter Jet

GKN Aerospace and Saab have both signed new deals with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) to develop conceptual studies for advanced power and propulsion...

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Unmanned Systems

Navy to Evaluate Three Large Displacement Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Prototypes

Undersea warfare is critical to success in the Pacific and other contested environments, providing needed autonomous underwater sensing and payload delivery in dispersed, long-range, deep, and contested environments is key.

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Aerospace

Stratolaunch Approaches Hypersonic Speed in First Powered TA-1 Test Flight

Stratolaunch completed the first powered air-launched flight of its Talon-A test vehicle, TA-1 at Mojave Air and Space Port in California on March 9, 2024. During...

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Energy

Radia Emerges to Launch WindRunner as World's Largest Airplane

A Boulder, Colorado-based startup, Radia, publicly unveiled its plans in a March 18 announcement to develop the world's largest aircraft, WindRunner, designed to fly...

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Sensors/Data Acquisition

Palantir to Build Prototypes for Army’s First AI-Defined Targeting Station

Palantir Technologies has been awarded a prime agreement for the development and delivery of the Tactical Intelligence Targeting Access Node (TITAN) ground...

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Design

Marines Select Prototypes for Light Armored Vehicle Replacement

The U.S. Marine Corps has selected two companies to design prototype Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle 30mm Autocannon (ARV-30) vehicles. Under a new two-year award, General...

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Electronics & Computers

Niobium’s Role in Designing Next Generation Hypersonic Vehicles and Weapons

For decades, niobium has played a pivotal role in the U.S. aerospace industry, with its notable use in the innovative designs of the iconic Gemini and Apollo...

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Energy

Sikorsky is Designing a New Hybrid Electric Tilt Wing VTOL Demonstrator

Lockheed Martin subsidiary Sikorsky has unveiled its plan to build, test and fly a hybrid-electric vertical takeoff and landing demonstrator (HEX / VTOL) with a...

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Unmanned Systems

New UK Drone Strategy to Invest Billions in Unmanned Systems

The U.K. Ministry of Defence (MOD) published a new 12-page defense drone strategy last week that will see the agency invest £4.5 billion into the purchase of new unmanned...

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Test & Measurement

Turkey's KAAN Combat Aircraft Completes First Flight

The first combat aircraft to be domestically developed in Turkey, the fifth generation KAAN, completed its first flight on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024. Several executives and partners of...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

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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Aerospace

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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Manufacturing & Prototyping

A Computational Method for Creating New Ceramics with Transition Metals

Extraordinarily rugged with a melting temperature of several thousand degrees Fahrenheit. That describes the results of research into new ceramic materials sponsored...

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Materials

Preliminary Report Shows 737 Fuselage Bolts Were Missing Before Alaska Airlines Flight

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published its preliminary report on the cause of the in-flight structural failure that occurred during...

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Manned Systems

Marines Receive First Combat and Control Variant of Amphibious Combat Vehicle

BAE Systems delivered the first Amphibious Combat Vehicle Command and Control (ACV-C) variant under the full-rate production contract to the U.S. Marine Corps....

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

FAA Expands Boeing 737 Investigation to Manufacturing and Production Lines

The Federal Aviation Administration is expanding its investigation into what caused the recent Alaska Airlines Flight 1282 incident to Boeing's manufacturing...

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Manned Systems

Army Launches $50 Million Advanced Manufacturing Initiative for Aviation and Weapon Systems

The U.S. Army has awarded a $50 million three-year research project to Auburn University to understand how new manufacturing materials and...

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

How the US Navy Uses Organic Manufacturing to Combat Supply Chain Constraints

When supply chain constraints make it challenging to source parts for aircraft maintained at Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE), the depot’s organic...

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Aerospace

Additive Manufacturing for Aerospace: Taking Your Production to New Heights

Early additive manufacturing (AM) adopters in the aerospace industry are leveraging advanced 3D printing technologies from industry leaders like HP and...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Autonomous Navigation Kits

Defense Innovation Unit
Washington D.C.
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The Department of Defense (DoD) operates a vast array of military vehicles crucial for both sustainment and combat operations....

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Aerospace

Peregrine Spacecraft Suffers Propellant Leak After Successful Rocket Launch

Astrobotic's Peregrine lunar lander suffered a failure within its propulsion system after deploying from the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Vulcan Centaur rocket...

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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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Aerospace

Boeing 737 MAX 9 Fleet Grounded Following In-Flight Loss of Cabin Door Plug

The Federal Aviation Administration has grounded 171 in-service Boeing 737 MAX 9s following an Alaska Airlines flight involving the aircraft type last week....

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