While most businesses that support the Export-Import Bank are silent on President Donald Trump's pick to helm the agency, the Aerospace Industries Association says it is ready to work with Congress and the Trump administration to get the US Export-Import Bank back on track. "The aerospace and defense industry is grateful for President Trump's support to level the playing field for US companies against foreign government export financing and let American products compete on their merits," said David Melcher, AIA president and CEO.
The Trump administration's proposed $603 billion defense budget may fall short of making the US military great again, according to Defense Secretary James Mattis and some lawmakers. Mattis reportedly is telling lawmakers privately that top line spending will have to increase if the US is to rebuild the military as Trump has promised.
Textron Aviation is awaiting word from the Air Force regarding a potential flight demonstration of the Textron Beechcraft AT-6 or Scorpion jet for the OA-X program. The company is hoping to hear from the Air Force next month.
Raytheon has confirmed Romania's plans to buy a Patriot defense system from the US. "Raytheon has a longstanding relationship with Romania, and will work closely with the US and Romanian governments to ensure this NATO partner achieves it defense objectives," according to the company.
The Federal Aviation Administration has certified Honeywell's Multi-Mode Receiver for production. "Honeywell's Integrated Multi-Mode Receiver is currently the only comprehensive and fully digital navigation receiver to support the airline industry," said Honeywell's Carl Esposito.
The Air Force is changing its approach to space operations, including having startups play a role in space defense. Policymakers and the military are more focused than ever in protecting the US's space equipment and command in the space race, and on the capabilities for fighting a space war.
The SB-Defiant helicopter is scheduled to begin flight testing in early 2018, according to Boeing and Sikorsky, the companies that are jointly developing the aircraft. The work requires coordinating three elements of production: the systems integration lab, propulsion system test bed and the aircraft's flight.
The "Buy American" debate is not new, and multiple stakeholders, from Congress to the Aerospace Industries Association, have long known that exclusive reliance on a domestic industrial base for US defense is not possible. "Trying to redirect the flow of technology, capital and innovation is only likely to slow things down, add costs, deny us crucial technology and, perhaps most importantly, really irritate our close allies," writes Colin Clark.
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