The first US-build A-29 Super Tucano on display Sept. 25 in Florida. (Embraer)

See the First US-Built Super Tucano

At a ceremony held in late September, Sierra Nevada Corp (SNC) and Embraer rolled out the first US-produced A-29 Super Tucano. Unsurprisingly, it looks an awful lot like the traditional Super Tucano, of which Embraer has produced more than 170, but it’s still a milestone for the team behind the plane. Without rehashing the tortured history…

Supported by a small army of transporters, the TRENTON slowly rolls  out from Austal USA's Assembly Bay 3 onto a deck barge, tended by tugs SCOTT QUEST, MOBILE POINT and ESCAMBIA. (US Navy)

Another Joint High Speed Vessel launched

Another Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) was launched from Austal USA’s Mobile, Alabama shipyard at the end of September, marking a half-way point in the construction of ten all-aluminum JHSVs for the US Navy. The Trenton (JHSV 5) was floated over a two-day period in a process involving several contractors. On Sept. 29, Berard Transportation…

Lots of contracts going out the Pentagon's door as the end of the fiscal year approaches.

At DoD, It’s Use-It-Or-Lose-It Season

As fiscal 2014 heads toward its close next week, the total potential value of contracts announced each day by the Pentagon is mounting. As tracked by @DoDContractsBot, the past two weeks — 10 business days — have seen seven days in which the total potential value of announced contracts topped $1 billion. Go back one more…

The Textron Scorpion taxis at National Airport, just outside Washington, ahead of the Air Force Association's national conference. (Textron)

Textron AirLand’s Scorpion Shows Off ISR Options in DC

The show floor at last week’s Air Force Association Air & Space Conference, held just outside Washington, was chock full of representatives from industry both big and small. Almost every defense contractor looking to do business with the Air Force had officials circling the floor, ready to ambush anyone wearing stars on their shoulders with a business pitch.…