The Sikorsky Raider X prototype, the company’s pitch for the U.S. Army Future Attack Recon Aircraft (FARA), is more than 85 percent complete. Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, is making significant progress on RAIDER X, progressing 50 percent faster through production and assembly compared to legacy programs and resulting in a cost-effective, transformational aircraft. As...

Continuing its transformation into a space company, Switzerland’s RUAG International has agreed to sell its Australian aircraft maintenance subsidiary to Australia’s Asdam Group. On 1 April RUAG said that it expects to complete the transaction in the “coming months” after receiving regulatory approval. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. RUAG...

Private contractor Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) announced the final delivery of the third A-29C Super Tucano aircraft to U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC). SNC says the aircraft, the most technologically enhanced and mission capable A-29 brought to market, are intended for AFSOC’s Combat Aviation Advisor (CAA) mission which is designed to build international...

Hensoldt has received an order from Qinetiq GmbH to supply its ARGOS-II HD electro-optical (EO) infrared system and EuroNAV control and evaluation software on two Diamond DA62 MPP multipurpose platform aircraft, Hensoldt announced on 9 March. A Hensoldt spokesperson told Janes that the ARGOS-II and EuroNav capabilities form an EO reconnaissance system, which is part of...

Defense giant Northrop Grumman Corp. was awarded an Integrated Modification and Maintenance Contract from the U.S. Navy for E-6B Mercury aircraft. An E-6B plane is a large, high-tech aircraft that can communicate with important assets such as nuclear submarines and is built with a system that can launch intercontinental ballistic missiles. NG says the work will be performed...

Northrop Grumman and Ball Aerospace will design and develop the two mission payloads for the U.S. Space Force’s Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared Polar (NGP) program. “NGP combines Northrop Grumman’s proven experience in missile warning and defense with Ball Aerospace’s expertise in optical sensors and mission data processing,” said Sarah Willoughby,...

Northrop Grumman on February 28 received an award with a potential value of $692 million from the U.S. Space Development Agency (SDA) to produce and field an innovative, proliferated constellation of 42 low-Earth-orbit (pLEO) satellites for the Tranche 1 Transport Layer (T1TL) mesh satellite communications network. T1TL will provide resilient, low-latency, high-volume...

Saab is launching a state-of-the-art, ruggedized, 5G communication system for military and crisis operations in Abu Dhabi. DeployNet, locally developed by Saab in the UAE, further demonstrates Saab’s commitment to creating world-class Emirati defense and security solutions, for national needs as well as for export to the global market. A key fundamental for efficient...

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a $341 million contract by the U.S. Space Force (USSF) Space Systems Command (SSC) to develop, test and deliver a Deep-Space Advanced Radar Capability (DARC) in support of its Space Domain Awareness mission. “The DARC program will field a resilient ground-based radar providing our nation with significantly enhanced space domain awareness...

The French and UK governments have funded MBDA for the next phase of the collaborative Future Cruise/Anti-Ship Weapon (FC/ASW) programme (in French, Futur missile anti-navire/Futur missile de croisière: FMAN/FMC). A governmental agreement and associated contracts were confirmed by the France’s Direction générale de l’armement (DGA) and the UK Defence Equipment...