US Department of Defense

Archer Aviation to supply Midnight eVTOLs to the USAF

California-based start-up Archer Aviation Inc has entered into contracts worth up to $142m with the US Department of Defense that includes the supply of up to six Midnight electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft to the USAF

Latvia receives first UH-60M Black Hawks

The Latvian Air Force received its first two Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk utility helicopters on December 11, when they arrived at Lielvārde Air Base in Rembate Parish, Ogre, via a US Air Force-operated Boeing C-17A Globemaster III

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UK calls for aircraft provision to Ukraine

The UK Foreign Secretary has called for the delivery of heavier weapons to Ukraine, including apparent references to combat air capabilities, in a keynote speech at Mansion House, London

Blue Air Training and Top Aces combine forces

Blue Air Training and Top Aces announced a business combination on March 30

‘Tailored’ F-35 variant contract announced for mystery customer

A contract by the US DOD recently revealed that Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $49m contract to design and develop a tailored variant of the F-35 Lightning II for an unspecified Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customer

US DoD activates Civil Reserve Air Fleet to assist with Afghanistan efforts

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd J Austin III announced on August 22 that he has ordered the Commander of US Transportation Command to activate Stage I of the Civil Reserve Air Fleet programme to assist with the Afghanistan evacuation

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What's in the 2022 US Defense Budget?

We look at the pros and cons of the recently released US Defense Budget request for the coming financial year

Northrop Grumman lands $4.8bn Global Hawk development contract

The US Department of Defense announced on November 25 that it has awarded Northrop Grumman a US$4.8bn contract to develop, modernise, retrofit and sustain the USAF's RQ-4 Global Hawk family

US to stay at Mildenhall, proposes Spangdahlem Air Base withdrawal

The US Defense Secretary, Dr Mark Esper, announced plans to reduce the US military’s presence in Germany on July 29 – a move which cancels previous plans to relocate RAF Mildenhall-based aircraft and personnel to the country.