Biden administration nominates Kendall and Jones to lead US Air Force

The Biden administration has officially nominated Frank Kendall to serve as secretary of the Air Force and Gina Ortiz Jones for undersecretary of the Air Force. The announcement, made by the White House recently. Kendall is best known as the Pentagon’s top acquisition official during the Obama administration from 2012 to 2016. As undersecretary ofRead More

Lockheed Martin, Thales Australia finalize Teaming Agreement to develop sovereign weapons manufacturing capabilities

Lockheed Martin and Thales Australia have finalized a teaming agreement advancing the delivery of an Australian guided weapons manufacturing capability in support of a sovereign national guided weapons enterprise. The agreement will see experienced strategic industry partners in Lockheed Martin and Thales Australia cooperate in the design, development and production of Lockheed Martin’s Long RangeRead More

Air Force Research Laboratory plans 2023 launch

The Air Force Research Laboratory is planning a 2023 launch of the NTS-3 experimental satellite the US military will use for positioning, navigation and timing. AFRL previously announced the launch would be in 2022 but the mission will slip into 2023, AFRL Commander Brig. Gen. Heather Pringle told reporters April 28. NTS-3 is scheduled toRead More

Raytheon receives $228m contract for development of ground system for GPS satellites

Raytheon receives a $228 million contract to continue development of a ground system for Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites, the Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center announced in April. The contract is for work on the operational control system for the newest version of GPS 3 satellites made by Lockheed Martin. The estimated $6Read More

ST Engineering unveils anti-microbial coating solution to meet aviation requirements

ST Engineering has launched for the first time an anti-microbial coating solution with fusion resonance technology that fully meets aviation requirements. The solution called Plasma ResoShield is able to neutralize pathogens before they land on surfaces. The innovative neutralizing capacity of this solution promises high-impact protection lasting up to a year upon application. This solutionRead More

Germany to upgrade its aging Patriot fleet for next-generation air defense system

The German Defense Ministry has shelved plans for a next-generation air defense system, instead investing in counter-drone technology and upgrades to the country’s aging Patriot fleet. The announcement comes after months of studying options between the costly Taktisches Luftverteidigungssystem, or TLVS, aimed at destroying sophisticated missiles and aircraft, and cheaper weapons for intercepting enemy drones.Read More

Raytheon to continue operating and maintaining US government’s ROTHR system

Raytheon Intelligence & Space, a Raytheon Technologies business, will continue operating and maintaining the US government’s Relocatable Over-the-Horizon Radar (ROTHR) system under a $146 million, five-year contract. Originally developed to track long-range targets for aircraft and ships, ROTHR is now the primary detection system for border security and drug smuggling interdiction for the Joint InteragencyRead More

France & Italy to cooperate on a next-gen anti-air system development for new capabilities

France and Italy have announced they are cooperating on a new generation of the SAMP/T anti-air system they developed in the early years of this century to give it new capabilities. Florence Parly, French Minister of the Armed Forces, and her Italian counterpart Lorenzo Guerini jointly welcomed the launch of the new program in March.Read More

Space Force to launch 5th Lockheed Martin satellite in May

A $1.6 billion Space Based Infrared System satellite arrived recently at Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida. The satellite, made by Lockheed Martin, is scheduled to launch in May on a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, the US Space Force announced in March. The geosynchronous SBIRS GEO-5 is the fifth satellite of the Space BasedRead More