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ULA depends on Russian RD-180 engines to power its Atlas V rocket

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Republican Lawmakers Seek To Reinstate Ban on Russian Rocket Engines

Defense News reports that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., will introduce legislation this week to repeal a provision in a law they say allows the unlimited purchase and use of rocket engines manufactured by a Russian company.

Dassault to work with India to build on new Rafale agreement

Flight Global reports that Dassault says it will “go step by step” to securing further Rafale orders from India after prime minister Narendra Modi signed an agreement on 25 January with his French counterpart to purchase 36 of the type.

Lockheed announces $5B deal to merge IT unit with Leidos

Navy Starts Prototyping New Class of Nuclear Submarines

Oshkosh Disputes Canadian Truck Award to Mack

Boeing correcting course as KC-46A refuels F-16C

Congress Boosts Coast Guard Budget by nearly a billion dollars

15 Firms Bid on Coast Guard Aircraft RFI for Turkey

Germany Picks CH-53K , CH-47F as Options for New Heavy Lift Helicopter

Bahrain debut for export-ready Tejas fighter from India

Northrop Will Fly T-X Prototype This Year

Turkey Eyes Indigenous Jet Contract by Mid-2016

Special Ops Acquisition Official Promises More Openness, Industry Dialogue

Despite the recently enacted two-year budget deal that raises the budget caps for defense, many long-term challenges remain unresolved in DoD’s budget: a looming bow wave of modernization programs, a dependence on supplemental war funding, higher personnel costs, and increasing demands for readiness funding. CSIS’s director of defense budget analysis, Todd Harrison, moderated a recent discussion with the DoD comptroller and chief financial officer, Undersecretary of Defense Mike McCord. 

Defense Systems Opportunity


On 21 January 2016, the Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) issued a request for information "on small and medium caliber machine guns and cannons applicable to Aviation platforms for vertical lift aircraft that would enter service in the 2030 timeframe with a service life of 50 years.  Specific subsystems of interest include: weapons, ammunition, mounts, and feed chutes.  Industry responses to the RFI are not to exceed 50 pages and are due on 21 March 2016.