26 janvier 2022 | International, Aérospatial

US Special Operations Command picks Anduril to lead counter-drone integration work in $1B deal

Anduril will provide counter-drone services to U.S. Special Operations Command for the next decade.


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    26 juin 2020 | International, Aérospatial

    The F-35 Will Give Poland A More Advanced Air Force Than Some Major NATO Allies

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  • Pentagon re-awards multibillion-dollar office tools contract to CSRA

    2 novembre 2020 | International, C4ISR

    Pentagon re-awards multibillion-dollar office tools contract to CSRA

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  • Turkey to Rolls-Royce: Let’s renegotiate terms for TF-X fighter jet support

    13 décembre 2019 | International, Aérospatial

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