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4/15/2021

Parts and labor used in aircraft maintenance will be exempt from West Virginia's consumer sales and service tax beginning Sept. 1. Read more.

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4/14/2021

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh added swimming to the list of tasks performed by a snakelike robot. Researchers say the Hardened Underwater Modular Robot Snake could be used for applications such as inspecting pipes underwater or defense purposes.

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4/14/2021

Bell is in the final stages of building Bahrain's AH-1Z military helicopter, the first made for export, and production deliveries are slated for later this year. Also, the Czech Republic is ordering four AH-1Z units.

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4/14/2021

The Biden administration has confirmed to Congress that the US will sell F-35 fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates as part of a $23 billion weapons package approved by the previous administration. The package includes 50 Lockheed Martin F-35 aircraft, 18 General Atomics MQ-9B drones and additional weapons systems by Raytheon Technologies.

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4/14/2021

Ukraine is planning to replace its fleet of MiG-29 and Su-27 fighter aircraft from the Soviet-era with non-Russian planes. Experts say the US will have to provide a high level of support for Ukraine to switch to US-made aircraft, though such a move will improve interoperability with NATO.

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Breaking Defense
4/14/2021

Lockheed Martin has selected the L3Harris AN/ALQ-254(V)1 Viper Shield electronic warfare system to equip the F-16V Block 70/72 Fighting Falcon aircraft. The system will have software-defined technology features that identify digital radar threats and offer vast countermeasure capabilities.

4/14/2021

Textron Aviation is offering a special edition Beechcraft Bonanza with custom interior and paint design that will be available next year, the model's 75th anniversary. Textron Aviation has had a "seven-decade commitment by company engineers to continuously refine and update features to meet customer, technology, regulatory, and environmental needs," said sales executive Lannie O'Bannion.

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4/14/2021

Boeing is in the process of building the final dozen 747 passenger jets, marking the end of an era for the popular aircraft. The 747 has become a popular option for global freight service, with UPS and Atlas Air recently placing orders for 747-8Fs.

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4/14/2021

NASA could fly its Ingenuity helicopter on Mars' surface next week after a recent delay due to a flight-control software glitch. "We are confident in the team's ability to work through this challenge and prepare for Ingenuity's historic first controlled, powered flight on another planet," NASA officials said.

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Space
4/14/2021

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded contracts to Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin, Lockheed Martin and General Atomics under its Demonstration Rocket for the Agile Cislunar Operations program. The awardees will develop a spacecraft in orbit's nuclear-based propulsion system over the next four years.

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