The US Navy will transition to the Raytheon Block V Tomahawk cruise missiles and upgrade or retire older configurations.
The US Air Force has tapped Huntington Ingalls to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance services in Europe and Africa under a contract with a potential value of $954 million.
Japan Airlines will test drone deliveries of medical supplies in Yabu, Japan, with initial tests planned for the spring. JAL has partnered with drone-maker Terra Drone for the tests.
Embraer's Pratt & Whitney PW1700G-powered E175-E2 is on track to be certified by the end of next year, and the company anticipates demand beyond the US for the smallest variant of its E-Jet E2 family. CEO John Slattery says the company could see delivery to the variant's first customer by late 2021 or early 2022.
National Reconnaissance Office has selected Rocket Lab for the first NRO satellite launch of 2020, a mission called "Birds of a Feather." Rocket Lab won the contract via the Rapid Acquisition of a Small Rocket program.
Tethers Unlimited's "Terminator Tape" device has successfully been attached to the Prox-1 satellite, accelerating the satellites path out of orbit. "This successful test proves that this lightweight and low-cost technology is an effective means for satellite programs to meet orbital debris mitigation requirements," CEO Rob Hoyt said.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's plan to take its Sea Hunter drone ship to the next level includes development of the "No Manning Required, Ship," or NOMARS, designed from the keel up to operate completely autonomously. "By removing the human element from all ship design considerations, NOMARS will demonstrate significant advantages," such as size, cost, reliability, survivability and hydrodynamic efficiency, DARPA said.
A new report by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments is calling for accelerated purchases of the F-35 and an expansion of air power that is "sized for great power conflict" by the US. The report recommends retaining the B-2 bomber until a large number of B-21s is available.