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1/15/2021

Vehicle-to-vehicle technology is in development to improve safety via communication. Ford's driver-assistance system can alert motorists to nearby bicycles using Bluetooth 5, and Trek is developing flashing bike taillights that are triggered by sensors.

1/15/2021

Australia has selected the Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian as it next armed reconnaissance helicopter, with an order of 29 helicopters expected. "The Apache Guardian is the most lethal, most survivable and lowest risk option, meeting all of [the Ministry of] Defence's capability, through-life support, security, and certification requirements," said Linda Reynolds, defense minister.

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AIN Online
1/15/2021

Thales UK has partnered with Bharat Dynamics as Thales seeks a contract with the Indian military for Thales' Starstreak air-defense system. BDL will become "part of the Starstreak global supply chain, providing the opportunity for export of Indian-manufactured components to existing and future Starstreak air defense customers, including the UK armed forces."

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Defense News
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Thales, Thales UK
1/15/2021

Romania is in the process of approving the acquisition of Raytheon and Kongsberg-built Naval Strike Missile coastal defense systems. The US State Department has approved the $286 million sale of these systems to Romania.

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Defense News
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US State Department, Raytheon
1/15/2021

Boeing and Lockheed Martin remain interested in contracts with Germany for the replacement of 70 VFW-Sikorsky CH-53G-series Stallion helicopter. Boeing is offering the H-47 Chinook, and Lockheed is offering its CH-53K King Stallion.

1/15/2021

Gregory Bloom has been named the next president and CEO of Capewell Aerial Systems and will serve on the company's board. "We are very excited to have Greg join Capewell following his many years of successful leadership within the aerospace and defense industry," said Lane Wiggers, operating partner at Argosy Private Equity.

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Capewell
1/15/2021

Rolls-Royce is touting the capabilities of its Testbed 80 after completing the initial run of the testbed using a Trent XWB engine. "Testbed 80 will not only test engines such as the Trent XWB ... but also the engines and propulsion systems of the future, which will see us take another step towards decarbonization," said Rolls-Royce's Chris Cholerton.

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AVweb
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Rolls-Royce, Trent XWB
1/15/2021

Blue Origin plans to commence passenger flights of its New Shepard spacecraft as early as this spring, sources say. The New Shepard rocket booster and capsule have completed 14 test flights.

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Reuters
1/15/2021

L3Harris Technologies has been selected by the Missile Defense Agency to develop a prototype satellite that can detect and track hypersonic weapons. L3Harris will deliver an on-orbit demonstration satellite under the Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor program.

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C4ISR & Networks
1/15/2021

A sensor payload made by Raytheon Intelligence and Space for the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Blackjack small satellite program has passed the critical design review milestone.

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Raytheon Intelligence, Raytheon