The Boeing-Sikorsky SB-1 Defiant helicopter recently exceeded speeds of 100 kilometers per hour in flight tests. "The Sikorsky-Boeing SB-1 Defiant continues to expand its flight envelope through sorties each week, executing the mission elements required for Future Vertical Lift, most recently exceeding 100kt and performing maneuvers at 30-degrees angle of bank at the Sikorsky Development Flight Test Center in West Palm Beach, Fla.," according to the companies.
BAE Systems has agreed to acquire the military Global Positioning System unit of Collins Aerospace, a United Technologies subsidiary, and Raytheon's Airborne Tactical Radios business. The GPS business deal is worth $1.92 billion and both sales will help Raytheon and UTC address anti-trust issues in their ongoing merger.
Two of five Air Ground Surveillance systems have been delivered to NATO. The aircraft is a variant of Northrop Grumman's RQ-4 Global Hawk.
Embraer is laying the groundwork for the development of a turboprop aircraft in partnership with Boeing. "It sits in our target market, which we have always been clear is below 150 seats, and will have natural adjacency to the E2 offering," said Embraer CEO John Slattery of the aircraft, which would compete with the 70-seat ATR-72.
The Aerospace Industries Association's Mike French highlights the ongoing challenge of finding and retaining skilled workers for both aerospace and the military, including the new US Space Force. "The US should also capitalize on the Space Force stand up to educate our youth -- from all backgrounds and experiences -- on the importance and benefits of a space industry career," he said.
The World Economic Forum's new sustainability ratings for satellites could be available by year's end. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Texas at Austin, Bryce Space and Technology and the European Space Agency are working to develop the standards.
A Department of Transportation panel is recommending that aircraft manufacturers develop safety management systems and make provisions for variations in pilot performance. Overall, the panel came out in support of the Federal Aviation Administration and its certification system.
China is expected to have a fleet of 420 ships by 2035, and experts say the US must look beyond the threat of nuclear weapons from China. "Militarily, the resurgence of great power competition requires the United States to reimagine how we deter and, if necessary, fight and prevail in a future conflict with China. America's military advantage is rapidly eroding in light of China's modernization efforts," Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy told lawmakers.
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