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1. Boeing pursues drone market with F-16 upgrade, looks to sell A-10 overseas

AIA dailyLead® | May 21, 2015

Boeing's work on the pilot-less F-16 aircraft, QF-16, is seen as a testbed for further unmanned systems development. The company is also interested in international sales for refurbished A-10 fighter jets, should U.S. regulators consent to foreign sales. AIN Online (05/20)

2. Sikorsky Raider prototype completes 1 hour maiden test flight

AIA dailyLead® | May 26, 2015

Sikorsky recently completed the maiden flight of its prototype S-97 Raider high-speed helicopter at its Florida development center. The aircraft, one of two prototype light tactical helicopters, flew for one hour instead of the planned 30 minutes, completing three takeoffs and landings. Aerospace Daily & Defense Report (05/22) Defense News (05/23)

3. Sikorsky approaching flight test stage for Raider helicopter prototype

AIA dailyLead® | May 22, 2015

Sikorsky is on track for the maiden flight of the S-97 Raider prototype, according to company executive Doug Shidler. "The first aircraft is going through ground runs right now," he said. "We'll be flying within a two to three week timeframe." The Raider has been designed to provide more speed, maneuverability and survivability than current helicopters. (05/21)

4. Commentary: Merging Sikorsky with Textron is an attractive option

AIA dailyLead® | May 20, 2015

Bloomberg (05/19)

5. F-15s escort Air France flight to NYC after threat

AIA dailyLead® | May 26, 2015

A pair of U.S. Air Force F-15 fighter jets escorted an Air France flight to a safe landing in New York on Monday after an anonymous bomb threat against the flight. The flight landed without incident. Reuters (05/25)

6. F-35, F-22 protect U.S. air superiority, general says

AIA dailyLead® | May 26, 2015

U.S. Air Force Gen. Mark Welsh says budget cuts could erode U.S. air superiority in coming years. "China and Russia are two good examples of countries who will be fielding capability in the next three to five years; if they stay on track, that is better than what we currently have in many areas," he said. He cited the F-35 and F-22 as the only aircraft that will stay ahead of developing foreign capabilities. (05/25)

7. Air Force master plan focuses on agility, flexibility

AIA dailyLead® | May 22, 2015

The Air Force has identified 12 long-term goals in its newly released Strategic Master Plan. The plan focuses on agility and flexibility, with some of this focus already becoming evident in its next-generation air dominance development. "There is a universal recognition that the strategic environment is really shifting underneath our feet and we're starting to see some of the boxes we're being hemmed into, with respect of not as much flexibility to shift out of what we've been doing for the last 20 or 30 years," said Maj. Gen. David Allvin. Defense News (05/21)

8. U.S. clears $1.87B in weapons sales to Israel

AIA dailyLead® | May 21, 2015

Reuters (05/20)

9. C-130 part of French military acquisition plan

AIA dailyLead® | May 21, 2015

France has set aside $1.7 billion over the next four years for the purchase of Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules aircraft and weapons systems maintenance. Defense News (05/20)

10. DOD announces plans for $1B radar system in Alaska

AIA dailyLead® | May 26, 2015

The Pentagon has announced plans for a new long-range radar system in central Alaska to detect enemy missiles from North Korea or Iran. Raytheon, Northrup Grumman and Lockheed Martin are pursuing the $1 billion contract. Reuters (05/23)

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