Boeing and Northrop Grumman have been awarded contracts to possibly replace the US arsenal of aging Minuteman III nuclear missiles, the Air Force said Monday. The work is expected to be done in 2020.
Adding 300 off-the-shelf light attack aircraft to the Air Force fleet would help the service put more trained but less-experienced pilots to work faster. Currently, the Air Force is training more pilots than squadrons have room for.
Testing of Bombardier's Global 7000 will continue as planned despite a flameout incident earlier this month. On Aug. 16, a GE Aviation Passport engine stalled at 41,000 feet, prompting a single-engine landing.
NASA is in the preliminary design phase of creating a missile that could change the trajectory of asteroids that threaten Earth. NASA has identified an asteroid that the Double Asteroid Redirection Test could target in 2022 and 2024.
President Donald Trump's pick of Scott Garrett to head the Export-Import Bank has caused free-market advocates and pro-business trade groups to pressure Senate Republicans to vote according to their respective agendas. "The logjam over the Ex-Im Bank is just the most recent battle in the ongoing ideological war within the GOP between its pro-business wing and the free-market absolutists," said analyst Isaac Boltansky of Compass Point Research & Trading.
The Office of Management and Budget is warning Congress that passage of the Make America Secure Appropriations Act could trigger Budget Control Act spending cuts if lawmakers fail to raise 2018 spending limits. "If the 2018 discretionary caps remain unchanged, this report estimates that, if enacted, the actions to date by the House of Representatives would result in a sequestration of $72.4 billion in the defense category," according to OMB.
General Atomics CEO Linden Blue believes US restrictions on drone sales to allies has helped China build its drone export base. "They are going to learn how to provision spare parts, they are going to learn what kind of maintenance is really necessary, they're going to learn how to integrate the UAVs into those local militaries' other assets and after a few years they will become an inextricable part of those countries' militaries," he said.
The $1.25 billion sale of a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System to Romania has won State Department approval. Lockheed Martin will be the prime contractor for the sale, which includes 54 launchers and 81 Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems.
Raytheon has delivered 4,000 Tomahawk Block IV missiles to the Navy as the service prepares for upgrades to its oldest Block IV long-range strike missiles. "When a country sees a cruiser or destroyer sitting off its coast, one of the primary reasons they are concerned because they know about the capabilities the Tomahawk brings," said Navy Capt. Mark Johnson.
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