HMS Prince of Wales launches Banshee drones in fighter attack drill

The Royal Navy's latest supercarrier, HMS Prince of Wales, has launched jet-propelled drones from its flight deck for the first time as an experiment to see if autonomous aircraft can replace crewed fighters in simulated in-coming attack exercises.

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Rolls-Royce to re-engine entire US B-52 bomber fleet

Rolls-Royce North America has been tapped to build the replacement jet engines for the venerable Cold War-era B-52 Stratofortress nuclear heavy bomber, with the company's F-130 turbofan engine to power the giant aircraft for the next three decades.

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Construction begins on the Royal Navy’s first Type 31 frigate

A major shipbuilding program for the Royal Navy is now underway, with the first steel being cut for HMS Venturer, the lead ship of the Type 31 Inspiration class frigates, which will replace the navy's aging Type 23 frigates.

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UK awards contracts to field test laser weapons on sea and land

The British Ministry of Defence has given three four-year contracts worth £72.5 million to consortia led by Thales and Raytheon UK to develop laser and radio frequency demonstrator weapons to be mounted on Royal Navy ships and British Army vehicles.

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Commercial airliner modified to be flying lab for 6th-gen Tempest fighter

Aerospace company Leonardo and aviation services company 2Excel are modifying a commercial Boeing 757 to act as a flying laboratory to test technology for the 6th-generation Tempest fighter jet currently being developed.

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Boeing demonstrates system that takes down ICBMs sooner

Boeing, in conjunction with the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA), has completed a successful demonstration of a new, advanced interceptor capability for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system that allows ICBMs to be destroyed in space earlier.

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MQ-25 Stingray drone refuels E-2D command and control aircraft in mid-air

Boeing's MQ-25 T1 Stingray jet-propelled air tanker drone has refueled a US Navy E-2D Hawkeye command and control aircraft in mid-air, providing data that will be used to upgrade digital models of the MQ-25 and help improve the first production models.

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Multi-intelligence version of the MQ-4C drone flies for first time

A Northrop Grumann MQ-4C Triton drone equipped with a highly upgraded multi-intelligence package, called Integrated Functional Capability Four (IFC-4), has taken to the air for the first time as part of expanding the deployment of the new version.

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Tempest sixth-generation fighter moves forward with new design contract

Britain's Tempest sixth-generation fighter jet is a step closer to reality after the UK Ministry of Defence awarded BAE Systems a contract for £250 million to begin the program's concept and assessment phase.

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Sukhoi shows off Checkmate 5th-Gen fighter to compete with F-35

At this year's MAKS-21 air show, Sukhoi unveiled a mock-up of its latest fifth-generation fighter aircraft. Called the "Checkmate SU-75," it's designed as an inexpensive rival to the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.

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