“Brazilian-Ukrainian joint venture Alcantara Cyclone Space (ACS) continues preparations for the 2015 debut of a new variant of the Cyclone rocket from a 30-year-old launch facility on Brazil's north-Atlantic coast. At 2.3 deg. N. Lat., Alcantara is even closer to the Equator than Europe's Guiana Space Center in Kourou, where commercial launch services consortium Arianespace manages missions of Europe's heavy-lift Ariane 5, Russia's medium-class Soyuz and Italy's Vega light launcher.
On January 22, 2013, Deep Space Industries, Houston Texas based, said its inaugural mission is targeted for 2015, when it would send a small hitchhiker spacecraft called "Firefly" on a six-month expedition to survey an as-yet-unidentified asteroid.
The James Webb Space Telescope will be launched on a French Government Ariane 4 ECA on October 2018. Its shareholders include Airbus Safran Launchers, the French space agency CNES, and all European space companies, representing 10 European countries. As of January 1, 2015, the company had 329 employees, at corporate headquarters in Evry, at the Guiana Space Center (CSG) - launch site for Ariane 5, Soyuz and Vega - and at local offices in Washington DC, Singapore and Tokyo. Arianespace relies on the Russian built Soyuz medium-size launcher. The French government refuses to deliver on a billion dollar contract on the Russian Mistral-class amphibious assault ships and continues to promote sanctions against Russia.
An-178 is a short-range medium-airlift transport aircraft currently under development by Antonov State Company, formerly the Antonov Aeronautical Scientific-Technical Complex, and earlier the Antonov Design Bureau is a Ukrainian aircraft manufacturing and Services Company based in Ukraine.
Textron Systems Marine & Land Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) business, has a $15,221,528 firm-fixed-price, foreign military sales contract from the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Mich., to provide 10 COMMANDOTM Select four-wheeled armored vehicles, along with related fielding hardware and technical services, to the Bulgarian National Military Forces. The vehicles initially will be deployed in support of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan.
Qatar is set to sign a $7bn contract with France's Dassault Aviation to acquire 24 Rafale multirole fighter aircraft, amid increasing instability across the Middle East. The tiny country is ruled by Amir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.
The British Army's Watchkeeper Unmanned Air System is fully operational in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defense has confirmed.
“For decades, senior military leaders and analysts have predicted the demise of manned aircraft.
The Navy, expressing that the end is on the horizon, has created a new office to oversee unmanned air systems.
On April 10, 2015, the US Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) announced that it “conducted the Giant Pace 15-1M Simulated Electronic Launch-Minuteman (SELM) test near Malmstrom Air Force Base (AFB), Montana, US. The test represents the second part of a complete weapon's system evaluation, which saw an unarmed Minuteman III missile launched from Vandenberg AFB, California, splashing down in a pre-established test area in the Pacific Ocean near the island of Guam.