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The Boeing/Saab T-X offering

New T-X Trainer Request for Proposals Tees Up Major Fight Among Defense Primes

Defense News reports that the battle to build the US Air Force’s $16.3 billion T-X trainer officially kicked off Friday with the release of the final request for proposals.  The competition pits defense contractors Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and Sierra Nevada Corp. against each other for one of the last major Air Force aircraft programs on the horizon. The T-X will replace the T-38 and will be the first trainer designed to train the fifth-generation pilots of the F-22 and F-35. 

USAF solicits final bids for $6.9 billion JSTARS deal

JSTARS Recap Program Moves Forward After DoD Nixes Fixed-Price Requirement

Trump's unfriendly fire threatens F-35

First production-standard Scorpion gets airborne

Defense in 2017: Disruption Is the Operative Word

Hungary Launches Large-Scale Defense Upgrade Plan

Gen. James Mattis goes back to Capitol Hill

USAF Selects Boeing to deliver podded High Energy Laser

US Air Force releases draft Huey Helicopter replacement RFP

Shipbuilding Industry Awaits Decisions on Future Size of the Navy

Western Fighter Manufacturers can Breathe Easier

UK to Sign $125M Predator Deal

Israel may acquire more F-15Is: sources


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


January 10 -- 29th Annual Surface Navy Association Annual National Symposium (Arlington, VA)

February 1-2 - Marine West (Camp Pendleton, CA)

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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