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US Navy acquisition chief outlines FY22 priorities

Next year will be a big one for Navy readiness, setting up the fleet for future success through F-35 sustainment, shipyard overhauls and IT transformation.


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    20 septembre 2018 | International, Aérospatial

    USAF Targets Light Attack Final RFP For December

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  • Turkish Drones Destroy Russian-Made Air Defense Systems

    9 mars 2020 | International, Aérospatial

    Turkish Drones Destroy Russian-Made Air Defense Systems

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  • MIT, USAF Sign Agreement To Launch AI Accelerator

    31 mai 2019 | International, Aérospatial, C4ISR

    MIT, USAF Sign Agreement To Launch AI Accelerator

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