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    Corrosion issue stops F-35 deliveries for a month


    ​Lockheed Martin paused F-35 deliveries for a month after the discovering excessive corrosion on fasteners under an F-35A’s fuselage panels during maintenance at Hill AFB, Utah, the Defense Department confirmed this week.

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    USAF still examining JSTARS recap cancellation


    ​The US Air Force is still assessing the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) recapitalisation programme despite a previous comment made by the service’s secretary that a decision could be made by the end of the month.

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    USAF estimates F-22 updates could cost $1.7 billion


    ​The US Air Force estimates it would cost more than $1.7 billion to update 34 Lockheed Martin F-22s from a training configuration to a fully modernized, operational status, according to a USAF report sent to Congress.

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    ​USAF floats software solutions for KC-46 issues


    The US Air Force believes a software reprogramming could solve some deficiencies discovered earlier this year on the Boeing KC-46 tanker, following initial findings from testing earlier this month.

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    ​Lockheed struggles with F-35 sustainment


    The Defense Department plans to ramp up production of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter despite serious sustainment issues that have drawn out repair times and grounded jets, according to a recent government watchdog report.

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    ​Afghan air force adds six more Super Tucanos to fleet


    The US Air Force has ordered six more Embraer A-29s for the Afghan air force, bringing the total fleet size to 26 Super Tucanos.

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    ​Northrop Grumman pulls out of MQ-25 competition


    Northrop Grumman is bowing out of the US Navy’s MQ-25 unmanned tanker competition, saying the company would have been unable to execute the programme under the terms of the service’s request for proposals.

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    ​Lockheed F-35 deliveries lag in third quarter


    After nine months of production, Lockheed Martin’s F-35 line is still lagging, according to the latest company earnings report.

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    KC-390 returns to base early after stall test


    Crew on an Embraer KC-390 requested an early return to base after the aircraft lost significant altitude during a stall test earlier this month.

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    ​US Navy upgrades IRST for Super Hornet fleet


    The US Navy is upgrading its Boeing F/A-18E/F fighters with an improved Lockheed Martin IRST21 sensor system, allowing the Super Hornet fleet to see and detect farther.

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    ​Airspacex pitches military variant of MOBi air taxi


    Airspacex is taking its MOBi, a modular electric vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft developed to relieve urban congestion, and tweaking the concept to meet a military missions such as medical evacuation and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

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    Boeing broadens bet on autonomous tech with new partnership


    ​Building off its recent Aurora Flight Sciences acquisition, Boeing is investing in Near Earth Autonomy, a Pennsylvania-based company focusing on autonomous flight.

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    ​State Department approves F-16V sale to Greece


    The US State Department has approved a potential Block IV upgrade for Greece’s current fleet of Lockheed Martin F-16 aircraft, worth an estimated $2.4 billion.

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    USAF searching for hypersonic vehicle materials


    The US Air Force Research Laboratory is searching for leading edge materials for reusable and expendable hypersonic vehicles to support its high speed strike weapon programme.

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    ​Second Raider prototype to fly by early 2018


    Sikorsky will fly its second S-97 prototype early next year, following the crash of the first Raider helicopter in August.

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    ​US Army all in for FVL


    US Army chief of staff Gen Mark Milley and acting Secretary Ryan McCarthy confirmed the service is pushing the Future Vertical Lift programme over incremental block upgrades during this week’s annual AUSA conference in Washington, DC.

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    US Army eyes laser addition for rotorcraft fleet


    The US Army is pursuing a high-energy laser (HEL) capability for its rotorcraft and fixed-wing assets, following a successful test on a Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopter.

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    ​Canada cements interest in Australian Hornets


    Canada has formally expressed interest in Australia’s used Boeing F/A-18A/B Hornets, marking a significant development in the Royal Canadian Air Force’s search for a fighter that could temporarily fill the CF-18’s mission.

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    Lockheed scores contract for fighter's laser source


    ​The US Air Force has awarded a $26 million contract to Lockheed Martin to develop a high-powered laser source as part of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s podded electric laser concept for fifth- and sixth-generation fighter jets.

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    USAF teases JSTARS decision for end of October


    The US Air Force could have a decision on the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) recapitalisation programme by the end of the October, the service’s secretary hinted during a 5 October event in Washington.