Lockheed Martin has completed upgrades on the Air Force's C-5M Super Galaxy fleet, a project that took 17 years. The work extends the C-5M's service life into the 2040s.
Northrop Grumman has completed the integration of the APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar system on an F/A-18C Hornet for the Marine Corps. "The Marine Corps asked for an Active Electronically Scanned Array solution due to the radar's increase in reliability and sustainability with no decrease in operational performance," Northrop's Greg Simer says.
European companies are benefiting from US Navy programs, including the over-the-horizon missile work awarded to a Kongsberg-Raytheon team. Airbus and Leonardo are part of the competition to supply the Navy's next training helicopter.
Mandates such as ADS-B Out are increasing the retrofit and upgrade business for Rockwell Collins.
Airlines in Asia are leading the way in adopting the low-cost long-haul service model.
The Defense Department and Trump administration are pressing for a four-pronged approach to US security in space, including the formation of a Space Force.
The Trump administration is showing support for the US aerospace and defense sector as an economic engine, a position long held by the Aerospace Industries Association. "I've always believed national security and economic security are very much intertwined," AIA President and CEO Eric Fanning said recently. "The aerospace industry is 2.4 million American workers; they make 81% more than the national average; we paid out $220 billion in wages and benefits last year. And so these really are symbiotic in that way."
The Defense Department plans to add security assessments to its criteria in awarding contracts as a way to protect the supply chain. "The department's goal is to elevate security to be on par with cost, schedule and performance," Maj. Audricia Harris says.
United Airlines has launched its United Corporate Preferred initiative, a three-tiered program that provides priority upgrades and re-accommodation for corporate travelers. Businesses with United contracts and members of the carrier's new Propel program for small and midsize enterprises are eligible for the program.