• AFRL delays first X-60A flight

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is delaying the first test flight of its Generation Orbit X-60A GoLauncher1 (GO1) hypersonic flight research vehicle from March to later this year, according to a programme official. Barry Hellman, X-60A programme manager, declined to elaborate to
  • Boeing contracted to conclude USAF AWACS upgrades

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) has contracted Boeing to complete full-rate production of the Block 40/45 upgrade for the service’s E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft. The contract, announced on 13 February, is valued at USD99.9 million and will run through to fiscal
  • BAE Systems flies PHASA-35 solar-powered HALE UAV

    BAE Systems has flown the PHASA-35 solar-powered high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that can remain aloft for up to a year, the company announced on 17 February. The company said that the successful flight trials took place at the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)
  • MBDA conducts first end-to-end test firing of Marte ER

    MBDA has completed the second of three planned test firings in the design, development, and qualification programme of the Marte ER anti-surface warfare (ASuW) missile. Designed to confirm the overall design and performance of the missile, the end-to-end test firing was conducted in early February