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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US Defense Department uses CubeSats to test anti-hypersonic tech

As hypersonic missiles rapidly move toward becoming practical weapons, the problem of how to counter them is also on the agenda. The US Department of Defense developing a CubeSats-based system to track these missiles in all phases of their flight.

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US Air Force releases new image of the B-21 Raider nuclear bomber

The US Air Force has released a new digital rendering of its B-21 Raider heavy strategic nuclear bomber, along with more information about the warplane that is being built by Northrop Grumman as part of the Air Force's Long-Range Strike Bomber program.

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US Space Force launches tactical satellite with only 21 days notice

The US Space Force has launched a tactical satellite developed in only four months with only 21 days notice, demonstrating the ability to adapt and respond to changes in space or on the ground by quickly adding or replacing assets in orbit.

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British Army to roll out upgraded Main Battle Tank in 2027

Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL) has won an £800-million (US$1.1-billion) contract from the Ministry of Defence to upgrade 148 of the British Army's Cold War era Challenger 2 Main Battle Tanks to Challenger 3 specifications by 2027.

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MQ-9 Reaper drone being upgraded to meet new geopolitical reality

The US Air Force is seeking upgrades to its ordered and serving fleets of MQ-9 Reaper combat drones as its priorities shift from anti-extremist operations to dealing with near-peer adversaries like Russia and China.

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US Navy green lights production of Block V Tomahawk cruise missile

The US Navy has given Raytheon the go ahead to start production of the latest Block of the Tomahawk cruise missile. The Block V variant will start work later this year, giving the missile a life extension of 15 years plus increased capabilities.

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Royal Navy takes delivery of new robotic Madfox boat

The Royal Navy has officially received a new autonomous vessel. The Maritime Demonstrator For Operational eXperimentation (Madfox) will go through a year of testing by the Autonomy and Lethality Accelerator, NavyX, before entering regular service.

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