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10/1/2020

The US State Department has approved the sale of Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets and Raytheon Patriot missile systems to Switzerland. The Swiss government is pursuing a military modernization program.

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Reuters
10/1/2020

The US Air Force Skyborg program will reach the prototype design phase in 2020, with Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman among companies now participating. "Our proposal for the Skyborg effort leverages the leading-edge approaches Skunk Works is known for, combined with our decades of expertise designing, developing and fielding ISR & UAS solutions," said Ananda Costa, of Lockheed's Skunk Works.

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Breaking Defense
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10/1/2020

The Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion is close to beginning operational testing with the US Marine Corps, as Sikorsky reports it has addressed almost all previous technical issues with the helicopter. The King Stallion could begin live operations in 2023.

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Marine Corps Times
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US Marine Corps, Sikorsky
10/1/2020

Federal Aviation Administration Chief Steve Dickson praised the Boeing 737 Max following a two-hour evaluation flight by the former commercial pilot. The flight was a key step in the aircraft's return to service.

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Reuters
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Steve Dickson
10/1/2020

Textron Aviation has added a third and final Cessna SkyCourier to the aircraft's flight-test program. "The Cessna SkyCourier program continues to progress through its milestones, and that's a testament to the many great employees involved with this project," Textron Aviation's Chris Hearne said.

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AIN Online
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Textron Aviation, Textron
10/1/2020

Saab has delivered two out of three GlobalEye airborne early warning and control aircraft purchased by the United Arab Emirates. The aircraft is built on the Bombardier Global 6000 business jet platform.

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Saab
10/1/2020

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has tapped Gryphon Technologies to support the Demonstration Rocket for Agile Cislunar Operations program, a program to establish the potential of nuclear thermal propulsion in orbit.

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Space
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Gryphon Technologies
10/1/2020

The recent AFWERX "EngageSpace" virtual event, organized by the US Air Force, aims to cultivate connections between the Space Force and tech companies. "The space renaissance happening on the commercial side is fantastic, there is innovation we can use," said Col. Eric Felt, director of the Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate.

10/1/2020

The Defense Department is taking public comment on its interim rule to establish a cyber certification program for contractors. "I think there is sufficient time for us to comment on it. We are used to a certain degree reacting to interim rules," said Jason Timm, assistant vice president for national security policy at the Aerospace Industries Association.

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Jason Timm
9/30/2020

President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden disagreed on the future of electric vehicles during Tuesday's first presidential debate. Biden highlighted his plan to build a half-million charging stations for EVs, while Trump said he has offered incentives for EVs and thinks California's recent announcement is "crazy," and he added that rolling back fuel economy standards will lower the prices of gasoline vehicles.

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FreightWaves