Aerospace
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1/24/2020

The US Navy will transition to the Raytheon Block V Tomahawk cruise missiles and upgrade or retire older configurations.

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US Navy
1/24/2020

The US Air Force has tapped Huntington Ingalls to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance services in Europe and Africa under a contract with a potential value of $954 million.

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US Air Force, ISR
1/24/2020

Bad weather has delayed a planned test flight of the Boeing 777X by one day. The 777X is Boeing's largest twin-engine aircraft with capacity for 406 passengers.

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Reuters
1/24/2020

Japan Airlines will test drone deliveries of medical supplies in Yabu, Japan, with initial tests planned for the spring. JAL has partnered with drone-maker Terra Drone for the tests.

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FlightGlobal (U.K.)
1/24/2020

Embraer's Pratt & Whitney PW1700G-powered E175-E2 is on track to be certified by the end of next year, and the company anticipates demand beyond the US for the smallest variant of its E-Jet E2 family. CEO John Slattery says the company could see delivery to the variant's first customer by late 2021 or early 2022.

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FlightGlobal (U.K.)
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Pratt
1/24/2020

National Reconnaissance Office has selected Rocket Lab for the first NRO satellite launch of 2020, a mission called "Birds of a Feather." Rocket Lab won the contract via the Rapid Acquisition of a Small Rocket program.

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C4ISR & Networks
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Rocket Lab
1/24/2020

Tethers Unlimited's "Terminator Tape" device has successfully been attached to the Prox-1 satellite, accelerating the satellites path out of orbit. "This successful test proves that this lightweight and low-cost technology is an effective means for satellite programs to meet orbital debris mitigation requirements," CEO Rob Hoyt said.

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Space
1/24/2020

Poland is close to an agreement for the purchase of 32 F-35 Lightning II aircraft, according to Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak. The first F-35 are anticipated to reach Poland in 2024, he said.

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Defense News
1/23/2020

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's plan to take its Sea Hunter drone ship to the next level includes development of the "No Manning Required, Ship," or NOMARS, designed from the keel up to operate completely autonomously. "By removing the human element from all ship design considerations, NOMARS will demonstrate significant advantages," such as size, cost, reliability, survivability and hydrodynamic efficiency, DARPA said.

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Defense News
1/23/2020

A new report by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments is calling for accelerated purchases of the F-35 and an expansion of air power that is "sized for great power conflict" by the US. The report recommends retaining the B-2 bomber until a large number of B-21s is available.