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1. F-35B testing racks up 80 successful sorties off Atlantic seaboard

AIA dailyLead® | May 27, 2015

Testing of the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter at sea has included 80 successful sorties aboard the Wasp amphibious assault ship. The U.S. Marine Corps is testing six of the aircraft off the mid-Atlantic seaboard. Navy Times (05/27)


2. Boeing creates electromagnetic pulse weapon for the USAF

AIA dailyLead® | May 28, 2015

The U.S. Air Force has confirmed that Boeing has successfully developed an electromagnetic pulse weapon under the Counter-electronics High-powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project. The CHAMP weapon is "an operational system already in our tactical air force," said Maj. Gen. Tom Masiello. FoxNews.com (05/27)


3. 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)


4. 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)


5. Boeing to start production of Little Birds for international sale

AIA dailyLead® | May 27, 2015

Boeing has announced production for the AH-6i Little Bird helicopter will begin in Arizona by year's end. The Saudi Arabia National Guard has gained approval to buy 24 of the helicopters in a $234 million deal. AIN Online (05/26)


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. FoxNews.com (05/25)


7. A look at the F-35's $400K "super-helmet"

AIA dailyLead® | May 28, 2015

Forbes (05/27)


8. DARPA, Raytheon pursue hypersonic missile

AIA dailyLead® | May 27, 2015

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is paying Raytheon $20 million to develop a hypersonic missile that would be capable of getting past almost any defense system. The quest for such a weapon has been ongoing for decades. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (05/27)


9. 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)


10. Air Force fires ICBM test missile from Calif. to Marshall Islands

AIA dailyLead® | May 27, 2015

Air Force Times (free registration) (05/26)




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