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Defense Daily, Tuesday, January 8, 2019, Vol. 281, Issue 58

Lost Satellite Link Caused 2017 MQ-1B Mishap, Air Force Accident Report Finds

The Air Force has determined that a 2017 mishap that led to the disappearance of an MQ-1B Predator remotely piloted aircraft was due to a lost satellite link and the inability to reestablish the link for “unknown reasons,” the service’s Air Combat Command (ACC) said Jan. 7. The aircraft was lost in the U.S. Central…

Sikorsky Upgrading UH-60 Black Hawks to Prevent Corrosion

Sikorsky [LMT] is upgrading the U.S. military's fleet of UH-60 Black Hawks to fight corrosion, increase the number of available flight days for the rotorcraft in Afghanistan and other deployed areas, and reduce operations and maintenance costs. "We’ve transitioned from many sheet metal components to high-speed machined components for the air frame," Chris Dowse, Sikorsky's…

Official: Army To Field Next-Gen Missile Defense System By 2022 Or Sooner

The Army’s future missile defense command platform has shown “improved reliability” in its most recent tests as the service looks to expand the system’s interoperability and range of sensors ahead of initial fielding by 2022, an official told reporters Monday. Col. Philip Rottenborn, project manager for integrated air and missile defense, said the Army is…

New House Appropriations Chair Introduces New Bills to Fund Shutdown-Affected Agencies

The new House Appropriations Committee (HAC) chair on Sunday proposed four new bills that would fund areas of government shuttered since December, excluding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The bills, introduced by HAC chairwoman Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), would fund the following agencies through the end of fiscal year 2019: The Departments of the…

Bell Unveils Ducted-Fan, Hybrid Electric Vertical Flight Vehicle

Bell [TXT] plans to have a fully-autonomous capable, ducted-fan driven, hybrid-electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicle flying the mid-2020s. It's name is Nexus and it could be the air taxi that moves people between towering skyscrapers, over traffic-clogged streets, if urban air mobility takes off in the next 10 years. Bell unveiled the basic…