Appearing at a special March 14 Senate hearing on the Joint Strike Fighter alternate engine program—the one the Pentagon would like to cut—will be the United Kingdom’s top defense procurement official, Lord (Paul R.) Drayson. Drayson tells the London Telegraph that he plans to pursue more than just the question of whether keeping a second engine source is crucial to the program health. Drayson wants to hammer home the British need to have access to restricted JSF technology—specifically software—citing its role as chief international partner in the JSF program.
Details Murky as ARRW Falls Short in Second Test
March 24, 2023
The second all-up flight of the AGM-183A Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon on March 13 fell short of a fully successful test, but the Air Force isn’t saying what went wrong with the Lockheed Martin-built hypersonic missile. The defense giant's Missiles and Fire Control division recently said the ARRW is "ready…