The UK, France, Germany, Italy and Greece have agreed to jointly develop a new helicopter under NATO's Next-Generation Rotorcraft Capability program. The new helicopter is expected to be operational after 2035.
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency has confirmed its plan to clear the Boeing 737 Max for operations starting in January. EASA Executive Director Patrick Ky cites the findings of the agency's own analysis, with all studies indicating that the aircraft is ready to return to service.
Boeing has commenced work modernizing Netherlands' AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopters to the AH-64E Apache Guardian standard. Boeing will remanufacture 28 Apache helicopters for the Royal Netherlands Air Force, including the installation of General Electric T700-GE-701D engines when needed.
The US Navy has completed the first ever ship-to-submarine test deliveries using drones, including a demonstration of a control hand-off in flight with the Skyfront Perimeter drone. During the test, a drone pilot aboard the USS Henry M. Jackson ceded control of a drone to a pilot stationed aboard a submarine.
Leaders within the US Space Force anticipate long term budget growth as the Pentagon and Congress prioritize space and space-based capabilities. "If you thought space was going to be a priority in a kind of one-and-done way, that's not clearly what's been happening, right?" said Lt. Gen. John Thompson.
The Space Force intends to have its Space Systems Command up and running next year as the services acquisition command, but Lt. Gen. JT Thompson acknowledges that changing the way the Pentagon pursues acquisitions is challenging. "There is history; there is legacy; there is politics; there is money: obstacles that we're going to have to overcome to do this," he said.
A German-French team are developing the MMX Rover for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Martian Moons exploration mission, a mission targeting Phobos, the largest martian moon. The rover is currently undergoing testing and development for the 2026 mission.
BMW is making major plant changes in an effort to broaden its production of low-emission vehicles. The company's German factories will switch to building electric cars, and combustion engine production will be moved to Austrian and British plants as part of a $3.56 billion investment that also will result in new jobs.
The UK government will invest $21.8 billion in the Future Combat Air System Technology Initiative, which includes the Tempest fighter jet. "This is excellent news for [the Ministry of Defence], and provides us with the financial certainty we need to modernize, plan for the future, and adapt to the threats we face," said Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace.
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