Featured — January 26 – Aerotech News & Review

News

$200 million in javelins, other anti-armour systems, grenade launchers and more in Ukraine
“This package includes additional Javelins and other anti-armour systems, grenade launchers, ammunition and non-lethal equipment critical to Ukraine’s frontline defenders,” a Pentagon spokesperson said.

More troops could be put on alert for Ukraine’s response: Pentagon
The Pentagon decides not to produce more than the original 8,500 on alert.

As the Islamic State resurfaces, the United States is thrown back into the fray
The attacks in Syria and Iraq clearly show that ISIS militants have lost neither their will to fight nor their ability to do so.

Business

Microsoft’s $22 Billion Army Goggles Still Not Combat Ready
Microsoft’s new multifunction eyewear system for the US military shows promise, but the $22 billion program isn’t ready for combat deployment yet, according to the Pentagon’s testing office.

Welcome to Thunderdome: Pentagon awards zero-trust architecture prototype
The Pentagon’s main IT office has issued a nearly $7 million contract to develop its Zero Trust IT Architecture, the Department of Defense announced on January 25.

Antitrust regulators file lawsuit to block Lockheed’s acquisition of Aerojet
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday it was suing to block Lockheed Martin’s planned acquisition of Aerojet Rocketdyne over antitrust concerns.

Oshkosh unveils its electric hybrid Joint Light Tactical Vehicle
Oshkosh Defense on Jan. 25 unveiled a quiet-drive hybrid-electric version of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle it has fielded with the U.S. military and other customers.

US approves $2.2 billion sale of C-130J jets to Egypt
The Biden administration has approved the possible sale of a dozen C-130J Super Hercules aircraft and air defense radar systems to Egypt.

Defense

Marines and Navy would cut flying hours and cancel arms purchases under year-round CR
If Congress fails to reach a budget deal, the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps will make “dramatic changes” to absorb the loss of billions of dollars from their 2022 plans, the Navy’s budget official said Jan. 25. .

The F-35 that crashed on the deck of the Carl Vinson aircraft carrier falls into the South China Sea
While officials decline to discuss further details, experts say the Navy must recover the downed jet.

The army is about to choose a replacement for the M4 and M249
After nearly five years in development, the Army could be weeks away from selecting the design for its next-generation squad weapon to replace the M4 carbine and M249 machine guns currently in the hands of ground combat soldiers.

The Marine Corps’ new CH-53K finally arrives in the fleet
The CH-53K King Stallion, with a maximum external lift of 36,000 pounds and the ability to carry 27,000 pounds 110 nautical miles, is a major improvement over the CH-53E Super Stallion the Corps currently employs.

Veterans

VA suspends punishment for non-medical personnel still unvaccinated against COVID
Staff members in non-medical positions will not be fired while a court battle over the vaccine mandate is ongoing.

New committee to help improve care for Native American veterans
The Veterans Advisory Committee on Tribal and Indian Affairs will help suggest innovative approaches to serving Native American veterans.

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