Boeing landed 30 commercial aircraft orders in July with a list-price value of $6.2 billion.
Defense Secretary James Mattis says Brazil is a vital US space partner and foresees advanced research opportunities with the country. A space situational awareness agreement that Brazil and the US have signed provides for information exchange relating to upward of 23,000 space objects, such as satellites.
Defense contractors are anticipating high demand from the future Space Force military branch. "It's pretty exciting for all of us in the industry to see the intense level of interest that this administration and our Congress [have] in space," said United Launch Alliance CEO Tory Bruno.
The 2019 National Defense Authorization Act includes the formation of a new National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence and $93.1 million for Project Maven, which seeks to automate the scanning of reconnaissance imagery taken with drones.
Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Harris Corp. are among the companies likely to play a major role in supplying a new US Space Force, according to analyst Byron Callan. Boeing's Phantom Express space plane being developed for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency could ultimately end up supporting the Space Force.
The sale of US military equipment to foreign buyers has reached $63 billion in 2018, showing the high demand for US defense products worldwide and the need for policies that support foreign military sales. "The race we are actually running, is a race for global influence and for 50 years the United States has set the standard for the race in global influence," Dak Hardwick of the Aerospace Industries Association said. "The question that we have -- and we think by some of these reforms we see are coming as part of the national implementation plan -- is who is going to make the rules for global influence for the next 50 years?"
The Air Force has selected Lockheed Martin to design its hypersonic Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon prototype under a contract worth up to $480 million. Lockheed is also developing the Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon.
Lockheed Martin will deliver a trio of satellites to the Air Force for missile detection under a $2.9 billion contract. "We are focused on providing a missile warning capability survivable in a contested environment by the mid-2020s," Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said.