BAE Systems has received a $103.5 million contract from the U.S. Navy for the maintenance and modernisation of the Arleigh Burke class destroyer USS Preble.
The first Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) has driven off the BAE Systems production line to be delivered to the U.S. Army.
The U.S. Air Force was keen to emphasis however that "test launches are not a response or reaction to world events or regional tensions".
The programme seeks to develop and demonstrate air launch and air recovery of up to four unmanned aerial systems, known as Gremlins, within 30 minutes.
BAE say that the capability will help U.S. Army achieve long range precision strikes beyond 70 kilometres by 2023.
BAE Systems has received a $179 million contract from the U.S. Army.
The initial scoping phase will run through to December 2020.
The U.S. Air Force has awarded Boeing a nearly $1.2 billion contract to build the first lot of eight advanced F-15EX fighter jets.
An explosion has occurred onboard the USS Bonhomme Richard while in her home port at Naval Base San Diego undergoing maintenance, resulting in a significant fire.
The US State Department has approved the sale of three E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft and associated equipment to France.