Featured — June 17 – Aerotech News & Review
2 American veterans, a Marine and a soldier, missing in Ukraine
The US State Department said it was reviewing reports that Russian or Russian-backed separatist forces in Ukraine had captured at least two US citizens.
US military ground raid in Syria captures ISIS leader
A US defense official said there were no injuries to US servicemen or aircraft involved in the raid.
US sends Ukraine a new billion-dollar arms package in fierce fight against Donbass
The United States will send Ukraine an additional $1 billion worth of weapons to fight Russia, including Harpoon anti-ship launchers for the first time, and more ammunition for high-tech medium-range rocket launchers , the Biden administration announced on June 15.
Putin still aims to conquer Ukraine despite early losses, says Pentagon official
Russian President Vladimir Putin still wants to take full control of Ukraine as his armed forces advance in the east of the country, Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Colin Kahl said on June 14.
Semi-autonomous ships and space systems top European Defense Fund’s 2023 wishlist
The European Commission is seeking companies to develop new technology worth nearly $1 billion from 2023, with a semi-autonomous warship and space-based early warning capabilities in the lead request list.
Pratt & Whitney wins $4.4 billion contract for F-35 engines
The Department of Defense has awarded Pratt & Whitney a bridge contract worth nearly $4.4 billion to supply at least 250 engines for the F-35 fighter.
Sweden pledges to buy more 155mm Archer howitzers
Sweden has pledged to buy more 155mm Archer mobile howitzers from BAE Systems, after signing a letter of intent this week at the Paris defense show Eurosatory.
Defense spending plan for next year will see significant increase, lawmakers say
Rep. Adam Smith said he would push for smart spending instead of just budget increases, but an increase from the White House plan seems inevitable.
Lawmakers direct the military to create separate physical fitness standards for combat specialties
The new standard would be beyond what the military already assesses in its current physical fitness test.
Space Force envisions a digital future for testing and training
While other military services have moved some of their training and testing to virtual or synthetic environments, they also have strong ground training ranges for live exercises. But Space Force can’t “carve out a piece of land” in orbit for permanent reach, Bratton said. And while some testing and training will likely be conducted in space, the associated scope would be temporal and the activities that could be conducted would be limited.
VA weighs limiting access to outside doctors to curb rising costs
The Department of Veterans Affairs may change the rules for its Community Health Care Program, a system designed to help veterans see doctors outside of the VA system if they do not have ready access to a VA medical facility. to prevent the program’s growing spending from devouring its overall health care budget, according to VA Secretary Denis McDonough.