6 avril 2021 | International, Aérospatial

Bell and U.S Army advance development of V-280 Valor and aviation modernization

Bell’s flight-proven V-280 Valor design advances from an aircraft with transformational speed and survivability towards a low-risk weapons system ready to support joint combined arms and maneuver operations around the...


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  • Russia and US jostle for arms sales to India after tensions with China over border

    13 juillet 2020 | International, Terrestre

    Russia and US jostle for arms sales to India after tensions with China over border

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  • US Air Force awards another batch of contracts to build new battle management system

    6 juillet 2020 | International, Aérospatial

    US Air Force awards another batch of contracts to build new battle management system

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