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January 30, 2023 | International, Land

Rheinmetall, GM Defence win contract to supply trucks to U.S. Army

German arms manufacturer Rheinmetall on Monday said its United States unit has won a contract for the first phase of the U.S. Army's tactical truck programme, in cooperation with General Motors' defence unit GM Defence.

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  • Design Milestone Reached For Air-Launched Hypersonic Missile

    February 28, 2020 | International, Aerospace

    Design Milestone Reached For Air-Launched Hypersonic Missile

    Steve Trimble ORLANDO—Lockheed Martin expects to complete the critical design review (CDR) on Feb. 27 for the AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW), the U.S. military's most technologically ambitious hypersonic weapon, an executive said. The key milestone, indicating an imminent design freeze, comes as part of an unusual development schedule imposed on the ARRW program. The technical complexity of ARRW stems from its high lift-to-drag profile, a shape the U.S. military has never tested successfully in flight. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Tactical Boost Glide (TBG) program, which shares the advanced ARRW profile, is intended as a risk-reduction measure for ARRW, but still has not completed a self-powered flight test. In fact, the CDR milestone for ARRW originally was scheduled to come after a first flight for TBG, but the Air Force has kept ARRW on its original pace even as schedules for the DARPA program have slipped. “The [original TBG and ARRW] schedules were more serial,” said John Varley, vice president of hypersonics for Lockheed's Missiles and Fire Control business. “As we're moving fast, things are merging together and becoming more parallel. If we waited until all that was done, we wouldn't be moving at the pace that the customer is looking for.” Indeed, Jeff Babione, president of Lockheed's Skunk Works, said last June that he expected the first TBG flight by the end of last year or early next year. But U.S. defense officials now say they expect the DARPA program to enter flight testing later this year, after a planned test of the Block 1 version of the Common Hypersonic Glide Body, a low-lift-to-drag shape for intermediate-range Army and Navy missiles. In other ways, ARRW is further along in development than most military acquisition projects at the CDR milestone, Varley said. “It's not the traditional way of doing it, because at CDR you wouldn't have hardware built, you wouldn't have [demonstration/validation] testing done. And this is very mature,” he said.

  • Del Toro’s case for funding the US Navy and Marine Corps

    December 14, 2023 | International, Naval

    Del Toro’s case for funding the US Navy and Marine Corps

    Opinion: As perilous as the state of affairs may seem, things might soon get dramatically and demonstrably worse with sequestration, the Navy secretary argues.

  • Boeing to take charges on KC-46 tanker over quality issue -finance chief

    March 22, 2023 | International, Aerospace

    Boeing to take charges on KC-46 tanker over quality issue -finance chief

    Boeing Co. will take additional charges to the KC-46 tanker program due to a supplier quality issue with the center fuel tank, the company's finance chief said Wednesday.

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