January 15, 2021
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Australia has selected the Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian as it next armed reconnaissance helicopter, with an order of 29 helicopters expected. "The Apache Guardian is the most lethal, most survivable and lowest risk option, meeting all of [the Ministry of] Defence's capability, through-life support, security, and certification requirements," said Linda Reynolds, defense minister.
Full Story: AIN Online (1/15) 
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Defense
Thales UK has partnered with Bharat Dynamics as Thales seeks a contract with the Indian military for Thales' Starstreak air-defense system. BDL will become "part of the Starstreak global supply chain, providing the opportunity for export of Indian-manufactured components to existing and future Starstreak air defense customers, including the UK armed forces."
Full Story: Defense News (1/15) 
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Romania is in the process of approving the acquisition of Raytheon and Kongsberg-built Naval Strike Missile coastal defense systems. The US State Department has approved the $286 million sale of these systems to Romania.
Full Story: Defense News (1/14) 
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Boeing and Lockheed Martin remain interested in contracts with Germany for the replacement of 70 VFW-Sikorsky CH-53G-series Stallion helicopter. Boeing is offering the H-47 Chinook, and Lockheed is offering its CH-53K King Stallion.
Full Story: Jane's Information Group (1/14) 
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Gregory Bloom has been named the next president and CEO of Capewell Aerial Systems and will serve on the company's board. "We are very excited to have Greg join Capewell following his many years of successful leadership within the aerospace and defense industry," said Lane Wiggers, operating partner at Argosy Private Equity.
Full Story: Inside NoVa (Manassas, Va.) (1/14) 
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Civil Aviation
Rolls-Royce is touting the capabilities of its Testbed 80 after completing the initial run of the testbed using a Trent XWB engine. "Testbed 80 will not only test engines such as the Trent XWB ... but also the engines and propulsion systems of the future, which will see us take another step towards decarbonization," said Rolls-Royce's Chris Cholerton.
Full Story: AVweb (1/14) 
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Space
Blue Origin plans to commence passenger flights of its New Shepard spacecraft as early as this spring, sources say. The New Shepard rocket booster and capsule have completed 14 test flights.
Full Story: Reuters (1/14) 
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L3Harris Technologies has been selected by the Missile Defense Agency to develop a prototype satellite that can detect and track hypersonic weapons. L3Harris will deliver an on-orbit demonstration satellite under the Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor program.
Full Story: C4ISR & Networks (1/14) 
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A sensor payload made by Raytheon Intelligence and Space for the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Blackjack small satellite program has passed the critical design review milestone.
Full Story: Jane's Information Group (1/13) 
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Policy and Legislation
The Trump administration has added nine Chinese companies to the Defense Department's list of firms with Chinese military ties. These include Comac and Xiaomi Corp., banning them from US investment.
Full Story: Reuters (1/15) 
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The US Joint Chiefs of Staff along with civilian and military leaders of the Air Force and Space Force have sent out letters denouncing the riots at the US capitol and calling on service members to defend the Constitution. Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles "CQ" Brown, Chief of Space Operations Gen. Jay Raymond signed a letter calling for the military to be "unwavering in safeguarding American ideals."
Full Story: Air Force Times (free registration) (1/14) 
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President-elect Joe Biden's team has reportedly asked Deputy Secretary of Defense David Norquist to serve as acting secretary of defense while Biden nominee Lloyd Austin goes through the confirmation process.
Full Story: Bloomberg (1/14) 
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Editor’s Note
The dailyLead will not publish Monday
In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the US, the dailyLead will not publish Monday. Publication will resume Tuesday.
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