All Military Operators articles – Page 7

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    US Coast Guard searches for long-range UAV


    ​The US Coast Guard is searching for a land-based, long-range, ultra-endurance unmanned air vehicle, according to a request for information posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website last week.

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    Unidentified USAF aircraft crashes at Nevada range


    ​An unidentified US Air Force aircraft assigned to Materiel Command crashed in the Nevada Test and Training Range on 5 September, killing the test pilot and raising questions about the potential existence of a new classified aircraft.

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    L-3 selects Gulfstream for Compass Call platform


    ​L-3 Communications selected the Gulfstream 550 Airborne Early Warning (AEW) aircraft to host the US Air Force’s existing Compass Call technology, a move that its rivals Boeing and Bombardier attempted to thwart over the past two years.

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    ​Canada entertains Australian Hornet buy to fill interim role


    Canada could acquire used Australian F/A-18A and F/A-18B Hornets to replace its aging CF-18s, a move that would both satisfy its interim fleet needs and dodge a new Boeing acquisition.

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    ​US Marine Corps awards CH-53K production contract


    Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) awarded Lockheed Martin a $303.9 million contract to begin production of Sikorsky’s CH-53K King Stallion for the US Marine Corps, Sikorsky’s parent company, Lockheed, announced last week.

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    ​Luke AFB lifts altitude restriction on F-35As


    F-35As are flying high again at Luke AFB, Arizona, though the US Air Force has not identified the root cause of physiological events that provoked the base’s decision to restrict its F-35 squadron’s flying operations.

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    ​GAO denies Boeing and Bombardier’s Compass Call protest


    The Government Accountability Office denied both Boeing and Bombardier’s protests against the US Air Force’s acquisition strategy for the EC-130H Compass Call cross-deck effort, the agency announced last week.

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    Northrop growing Global Hawk for MDA laser aircraft


    Northrop Grumman plans to modernise its Global Hawk unmanned air vehicle in order to meet the requirements for the US Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA) proposed high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) effort, a programme that would stretch the RQ-4 beyond its current capabilities.

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    USAF awards Lockheed and Raytheon cruise missile contracts


    Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman have each been awarded a $900 million contract from the US Air Force, covering the development of the long-range stand-off (LRSO) weapon, the service’s replacement for its air-launched nuclear cruise missile inventory.

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    GA-ASI chasing Avenger sale to international customer


    ​As the secretive General Atomics opened up its doors to a media pool for the first time this week, GA-ASI executives told reporters the company is pursuing a potential sale of 90 Predator C Avengers to an international customer.

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    USMC orders aviation safety standdown as mishaps spike


    ​The US Marine Corps is standing down aviation units for 24h each once over the next two weeks as the community copes with a spike mishaps, including two fatal accidents within the last weeks.

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    US special forces detail requirements for light attack aircraft


    As the US Air Force wraps up its OA-X light attack demonstration this week, US Special Operations Command released its own solicitation for a separate special operations light attack aircraft.

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    USAF returns mothballed Raptor to fleet


    ​The US Air Force has taken a Lockheed Martin F-22 out of storage and plans to return the Raptor to flying status by the end of this year, a USAF source has confirmed to FlightGlobal.

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    MV-22 struck flight deck before fatal crash


    ​A US Marine MV-22 struck the flight deck of an amphibious transport dock before crashing into the water and killing three USMC personnel, a US Navy safety report reveals.

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    ​New Kratos UAV will enter production this year


    A secret unmanned air vehicle (UAV) from Kratos Defense and Security Solutions is expected to move into production by the end of this business quarter, Kratos’ chief executive says this week.

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    ​US Air Force awards Air Force One replacement contract


    The US Air Force awarded Boeing a contract for two 747s, previously slated for the now defunct Russian carrier Transaero, that will be converted into the new Air Force One aircraft.

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    AFRL funds demonstration for extended range Desert Hawk


    ​The US Air Force Research Laboratory is funding advanced technologies for Lockheed Martin’s Desert Hawk Extended Endurance and Range (DH EER) unmanned air vehicle, including upgrades that will allow maritime operations.

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    ​USAF set aside requirements for OA-X experiment


    Four platforms are flying this week at Holloman AFB, New Mexico for the US Air Force’s light attack OA-X experiment, but the makeup of those aircraft might have turned out differently had more contractors sent in bids for the demonstration.

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    Next Marine One helicopter achieves first flight


    Lockheed-Sikorsky’s VH-92A, the Marine One configured S-92 that will replace the US president’s current helicopter, achieved first flight late last month.

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    US approves A-29 sale to Nigeria despite concerns


    ​The US State Department has approved the sale of 12 Embraer A-29 Super Tucanos to Nigeria, despite concerns from the US over the Nigerian government’s bombing of civilians.