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6/27/2017

The Air Force UH-1N Huey replacement program could become a sole source contract if the current House version of defense authorization legislation prevails. While the bill has a long way to go, this version could cut short the Huey replacement competition.

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6/27/2017

Raytheon has announced the successful firing of a laser weapon from an Apache helicopter, hitting a target close to 1 mile away. The test represents the "first time that a fully integrated laser system successfully engaged and fired on a target from a rotary-wing aircraft over a wide variety of flight regimes, altitudes and air speeds," the company said.

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6/27/2017

A new analysis by PwC says the defense sector has solid growth prospects going forward and more consolidation is in the cards. "While the first three quarters of 2016 were restrained in terms of deal-making for the sector, the uptick in fourth-quarter 2016 appears to reflect positive deal momentum and potential pent-up demand, as financial and strategic investors began to take advantage of opportunities and address threats in the U.S. and global marketplaces," the report says.

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6/27/2017

NASA says a quiet supersonic jet may be possible following its preliminary design review of the Quiet Supersonic Transport program. NASA and Lockheed Martin conducted the review, which concluded that the project's design is capable of exceeding the speed of sound while creating only a "soft thump."

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6/27/2017

Work on a third GPS III satellite is nearly complete at Lockheed Martin. The company is building 10 GPS satellites for the US military.

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6/27/2017

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries says it is on track to launch its H3 rocket in 2020 as it prepares for a cost review by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.

6/27/2017

The House Armed Services Committee's latest iteration of the Defense Authorization Act includes a provision to replace the Navy Reserve's fleet of F/A-18A+ Hornets. The service has 33 F/A-18A+ Hornets in service.

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6/26/2017

Boeing received 571 commitments and firm orders at the Paris Air Show, business with a list price value of $74.8 billion. Airbus, meanwhile, reached $39.7 billion in orders and commitments.

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6/26/2017

Gen. Jean-Paul Palomeros, retired French Air Force general and former Supreme Allied Commander Transformation at NATO, is calling on the US and his own country to maintain their relationship. His comments were made on the sidelines of the Paris Air Show.

6/26/2017

Air Force Capt. Stephen "Cage" Cecil cites the F-35's maneuverability, targeting and stealth technology as key advantages over the older F-16 fighter jet. "[T]he F-35 is just the combination of all the new technology on an airframe via fifth-gen technology," he said during an interview at the Paris Air Show.

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