• Austal delivers fourth Joint High Speed Vessel to US Navy

    Shipbuilder Austal USA handed over the fourth of 10 Joint High Speed Vessels (JHSV) to the US Navy on 15 September. Completing its acceptance trials in July, USNS Fall River (JHSV 4) joins three sister vessels currently being operated by the US Military Sealift Command. A crew of 22 civilian

  • AFA 2014: Second version of F-35 logistics system in testing

    Key Points ALIS 2.0, an improved version of the F-35's digital logistics system, has begun final testing The system is expected to be ready for USMC deployment in July 2015 Lockheed Martin has delivered the logistics system for its F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter to test sites in

  • AFA 2014: USAF officials cautiously optimistic on SpaceX launch certification

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  • Indian MoD loses file on Hawk follow-on buy

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    Boeing announced 15 September that it had signed a deal with Danish company Sky-Watch to develop an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) as part of a project run by the Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation. The deal, which is joint development agreement designed to tap into the expertise in the

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