Twenty-seven defense firms, including Raytheon Technologies, BAE Systems, Boeing, Honeywell, L3Harris,
Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman have been selected to work on the US Air Force's $950 million Joint All Domain Command and Control program.
Due to budget constraints, the US Navy is having to choose between its Next Generation Air Dominance future fighter jet program and its current fleet. The Navy has cut planned acquisitions of F/A-18 fighter jets from 2022 through 2024.
The Israeli Air Force is pressing for a decision soon on the acquisition of the successor to the old CH-53 helicopters. Israel is selecting between the Lockheed Martin CH-53K and the Boeing CH-47.
GE Aviation will begin performance testing of the Affinity engine this year, the engine that will power Aerion Supersonic's AS2 business jet. "The future evolutions of Affinity engines could power further generations of Aerion supersonic jets, including larger commercial applications," according to GE.
Embraer is planning the development of a new turboprop aircraft and would consider taking on partners in the project. "Given there is little competition in the TP (turboprop) market and the lack of innovation seen in that segment for so long, we have been looking at a TP for a while," according to the company.
The US Space Force is training its military rescue units on three commercial capsule designs due to NASA's new reliance on commercial providers. The Boeing Starliner, SpaceX Crew Dragon and Lockheed Martin's Orion capsules are all part of the training.
L3Harris Technologies is paying suppliers early and has donated $50,000 to charity as part of the company's ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic. "It was very meaningful to our company that during this unprecedented time, L3Harris thought of us and recognized the benefit of providing prepayment to our company," said Kari Fisher, CEO of Centrion Systems, an L3Harris supplier.
Boeing and Northrop Grumman are participating in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Automatic Implementation of Secure Silicon program, a program that "aims to bring greater automation to the chip design process to profoundly decrease the burden of including security measures."
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