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The Aerosonde HQ adds four rotors to what is an otherwise catapult-launched small unmanned aircraft system.
Recent events include sensor-to-shooter test, and prospects for a block buy and a new or upgraded engine.
The service plans to deploy the RQ-4B Global Hawk maritime derivative unmanned aircraft system in late 2017.
New F-15 and F-18 exports seem likely, but uncertain requirements affect prospects for KC-46 tanker and 737 derivatives.
An inter-governmental agreement with France has been signed for 36 aircraft.
The new drone design leverages work Bell has done on the V-280 tiltrotor it is developing for the U.S. Army's joint multi-role demonstration.
Two unidentified customers have been secured, and a new factory is being built.
The service plans to repair 15 grounded F-35As by December; it will then implement the fix on 42 jets on Lockheed Martin's assembly line.
The company’s US-based Electronics Systems business has used DARPA funding to develop flexible, wide-spectrum integrated circuits.
The capability to operate in contested environments, autonomy and networking will be key future capabilities, experts say.