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8/14/2020

The Air Force Research Laboratory is seeking a request for information for the Hypersonic Multi-Mission Air-Breathing Demonstrator Program, dubbed Mayhem. The new demonstrator "will need to be capable of carrying larger payloads over distances further than current hypersonic capabilities allow."

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Task & Purpose
8/14/2020

GE Capital Aviation Services has executed its options for the purchase of 11 Boeing 737-800BCF cargo planes, bringing the leasing company's total orders with Boeing to 60 aircraft.

8/14/2020

The Army's IBCS missile defense network, built by Northrop Grumman, recently passed its Limited User Test, an important milestone for the program. This was described as the most complex live fire test to date.

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Breaking Defense
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8/14/2020

Babcock Australasia says almost all maintenance, repair and overhaul work on Bell 429 Global Ranger helicopters would be completed in Australia, should Babcock win selection as the supplier for the $1.8 billion Australian Defense Force Special Operations helicopter program.

8/14/2020

Rolls-Royce has commenced a new round of ground tests for its Advanced Low Emissions Combustion System, a modified Trent 1000 aircraft engine.

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FlightGlobal (U.K.)
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Rolls-Royce, Trent
8/14/2020

NASA is supporting research into future commercial drone applications in Oneida County, N.Y. "The goal of the research is to develop technology that will support safe, secure, resilient and efficient heavy-lift UAS cargo delivery and passenger carrying," a county spokesperson said.

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DroneLife
8/14/2020

Pratt & Whitney recently donated $50,000 to Mayberry Elementary School in East Hartford, Conn., for the purchase of Chromebook computers for hundreds of students.

8/14/2020

Northrop Grumman's GEM 63XL rocket motor has passed its first static fire test. The motor is being built for the United Launch Alliance Vulcan Centaur rocket.

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United Launch Alliance
8/14/2020

Michael Kratsios, new acting under secretary of defense for research and engineering, says he will focus on coordination in guiding the Pentagon's efforts to advance hypersonic weapons, 5G connectivity and the use of artificial intelligence. Kratsios retains his role as CTO for the Trump administration.

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Defense News
8/13/2020

Hungary will seek $1 billion in Raytheon missiles under the Foreign Military Sales program as the country increases its overall investment in defense. "We see that the peace that we live in is an extremely vulnerable situation," Defense Minister Tibor Benko said.

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