Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., has introduced a draft bill that would require contractors to provide cost data to the government for the purpose of assessing whether a price is reasonable and fair. The legislation, which has the support of the Pentagon, comes as a result of the Pentagon's reported overpayment of $20.8 million to contractor TransDigm due to an excess profit scheme.
Raytheon Technologies' Intelligence and Space unit will manufacture five Next Generation Jammer-midband systems for the US Navy under a $226.7 million contract. The shipsets will be installed on Navy EA-18G Growler EW aircraft.
US Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall has confirmed that the service will move forward with drone programs that enable swarms and drone teaming with the F-35 and the Next-Generation Air Dominance platform. The new drone systems are expected to be cost effective, if not expendable, Kendall said.
The Defense Department is concerned about the possibility of 5G cellular service disrupting its aircraft, echoing concerns by the commercial aviation sector. Since December, DOD has been testing 5G technology for interference with military aviation systems, according to DOD CTO Heidi Shyu.
Last year, Grupo Aeromexico began taking deliveries of what will be a total of 12 Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft received under a lease agreement with Dubai Aerospace Enterprise, a company that is also leasing two Max 8s to Icelandair. "We are very pleased to see the pace of recovery in air travel and the associated demand for these new technology, fuel-efficient aircraft," said DAE CEO Firoz Tarapore.
The US Space Force said it has plans to field space-based sensors for monitoring and tracking targets on the ground, with funding anticipated for 2024. These sensors would broaden the service's capacity in the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission.
US Space Force Chief of Space Operations Gen. John Raymond says the monitoring of cislunar space will become important for US security in the coming years, citing NASA's expected return to the lunar surface. "I think for them to do their job, they have to have a domain that's safe, and secure, and stable," Raymond said.
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Some 53 Boeing KC-46 Pegasus tankers are in service and approved to support the majority of US military aircraft that can be refueled in flight. Having passed 60 million pounds of fuel to multiple aircraft types during testing, the KC-46 is well positioned as the Air Force plans its next tanker solicitation, according to Loren Thompson of the Lexington Institute.
Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor systems being developed by L3Harris Technologies and Northrop Grumman represent the Defense Department's best effort to detect and track hypersonic threats. The threat detection system will rely on a network of sensors in orbit in a constellation currently being deployed by the Pentagon.