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Boeing's KC-46 tanker

Trump flirting with big Super Hornet order

Boeing and British aerial refueling expert Cobham plc have agreed that the latter company will absorb a £150 million charge necessary to complete development of the air-to-air system for the US Air Force's KC-46 tanker program. Previously, Cobham had said "significant uncertainty surrounding the outcome" of their efforts to negotiate the costs to complete the development would affect its 2016 financial performance.

Trump flirting with big Super Hornet order

At the rollout of Boeing's newest commercial airliner, President Donald Trump indicated that his administration could be looking at a large F/A-18E/F Super Hornet order.

Airbus denies fraud allegations over Eurofighter Typhoon deal

Air Force official cautions against increasing F-35 buy rate

Australia updates its air force capabilities

US Army strategy to acquire Patriot radar replacement expected soon

F-35 cost target impossible without block buy, Lockheed Says

Top Marine Corps aviator wants F-35Bs faster than planned

Trump Defense Buildup: More Money for Existing Systems, Less for Next-Generation Weapons

Estonia joins Finland in Korean K9 howitzer procurement

Army wants electronic-warfare capability for Gray Eagle drone

Top US general says Afghanistan war at stalemate, more troops needed



Defense Program Profile - Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP)

ITEP candiate GE3000

The U.S. Army's Improved Turbine Engine (ITE) program awarded two Fixed Price Incentive Fee (FPIF) Technology Maturation and Risk Reduction (TMRR) contracts in August to develop a preliminary design for Army Aviation’s next generation turboshaft engine that will replace the current engine in the Black Hawk and Apache aircraft.  Recipients are General Electic and the Advanced Turbine Engine Company (ATEC), a joint venture of Honeywell and Pratt & Whitney.

The ITE is a form, fit replacement for the T700 General Electric (GE) series engine (701D) that is in current operational use within the U.S. Army's Black Hawk and Apache fleets. With the form, fit design the ITE will fit inside the existing engine compartments of both the H-60 and AH-64E and provide significant power enhancement (3,000 SHP), increased fuel efficiency, and decreased sustainment costs. 

On August 31st, officials from the U.S. Army PEO Aviation's Improved Turbine Engine/Future Vertical Lift (ITE/FVL) Project Office -- Richard Kretzschmar and Bob Sheibely (FVL) and LTC Curt Kuetemeyer (ITE) -- briefed the media and provided the program insight in response to query... details from DSJ's participation in the Q&A are found here...

Defense & Aerospace Industry Meetings, Trade Shows and Exhibitions


February 19-23 -- IDEX/International Defence Exhibition and Conference (Abu Dhabi, UAE)

February 28 - March 5 - AVALON 2017 - Australian International Aerospace & Defence Exposition (Geelong, Australia)

March 7-9 - Helicopter Association International's HeliExpo 2017 (Dallas, TX)

March 13-15 - AUSA Global Force Symposium & Exposition 2017 (Huntsville, AL)

March 21-23 -- NDIA Ground Robotics Capabilities Conference & Exhibition (Springfield, VA)

April 3-5 -- Navy League Sea-Air-Space Exposition (National Harbor, MD)

April 12-13 -- Marine South (Camp LeJeune, NC)

April 26-28 - AAAA - Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit (Nashville, TN) 

May 8-11 -- AUVSI's Xponential (Dallas, TX)

May 16-18 - Special Operations Forces Industry Conference - SOFIC (Tampa, FL)

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