Jon Harper

Jon Harper is Managing Editor of DefenseScoop, the Scoop News Group’s newest online publication focused on the Pentagon and its pursuit of new capabilities. He leads an award-winning team of journalists in providing breaking news and in-depth analysis on military technology and the ways in which it is shaping how the Defense Department operates and modernizes. You can also follow him on Twitter @Jon_Harper_

Weapons

HACM contract winners see opportunities for producing less expensive hypersonics at higher rates

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Raytheon Technologies and its industry partner Northrop Grumman have been tapped to develop a new air-launched Hypersonic Attack Cruise Missile (HACM) for the Air Force.

Weapons

Raytheon tapped to develop Air Force’s Hypersonic Attack Cruise Missile

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Raytheon beat out Lockheed Martin and Boeing for the down-select for the HACM program. The companies had each done preliminary design work before the contract award to Raytheon was announced Thursday.

Space

Pentagon to phase out use of geostationary satellites for missile warning, missile tracking

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The plan highlights the DOD’s embrace of proliferated low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellite architectures, which officials view as more resilient than the larger, more expensive spacecraft that currently reside in GEO.

Weapons

AFSOC adding new electronic warfare capabilities, other weapons to C-130s

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Air Force Special Operations Command plans to add a variety of weapons to its C-130 transport aircraft as it looks for innovative ways to use its legacy platforms.

Weapons

Air Force, Northrop Grumman slated to unveil new B-21 stealth bomber in early December

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Air Force officials have disclosed few details about the Raider, which is expected to be stealthy and capable of penetrating advanced enemy air defenses.

AI

X-62 aircraft is 'booked solid' as a flying testbed for autonomy technology

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The Air Force Research Lab and Air Force Test Center are launching a multiyear campaign to test autonomy capabilities on X-62 aircraft.