Boeing is projecting 150 additional sales of the CH-47F Chinook helicopter to foreign buyers in the next seven years. The helicopter is receiving strong interest abroad, Boeing says.
Outgoing Army Secretary John McHugh warns that the Army is on the "ragged edge" of readiness. He criticized policymakers for having a "grossly naive view of the geopolitical environment" when cutting spending for the military.
Lockheed Martin has excelled in working with Bell Helicopter during Lockheed's acquisition of Sikorsky, according to Bell CEO and President John Garrison. "Lockheed has been a great teammate and done everything we've asked, plus -- and we believe they'll continue to do that," Garrison said.
The Space Fence System developed by Lockheed Martin has made it through a vital design review that included "a small-scale system built with end-item components that detected and tracked orbiting space objects," according to the company. "Completion of CDR marks the end of the design phase and the start of radar production and facility construction of the Space Fence system," said Lockheed's Steve Bruce.
The loss of the US Export-Import Bank is "increasingly putting our manufacturers at a competitive disadvantage," writes columnist Don Brunell. "Not only are we losing orders to foreign competitors, but some domestic manufacturers are shifting jobs and production to other countries where those banks exist."
With the aircraft industry moving beyond prototyping to actual production with 3D printing, a Swedish producer of the printers fears demand may exceed its ability to keep up. This piece notes General Electric's pioneering efforts with 3D printing, which in turn are pushing others to follow.
FedEx recently hosted the NextGen Advisory Committee meeting in Memphis, Tenn. "Providing the very best support to our customers is integral to what we do, and with the NextGen traffic management system we can provide even more improved services to our customers," said FedEx's Dan Allen.
The continued low cost of fuel is beginning to drive down ticket prices across the airline industry. Despite the dip, airline profits remain healthy.
Top officials from the Pentagon will meet in Silicon Valley next month to move forward with government efforts to engage more closely with leading technology companies. "There are some real opportunities here," said Arnold Punaro, CEO of The Punaro Group. "We need to look at what we can do to make it work rather than wring our hands and complain that's it's never going to work. To me that's a defeatist attitude that we need to set aside and figure out what we can do."
NASA is offering companies free access to a catalog of 1,200-plus patented technologies to spur research and development in aeronautics and communications. NASA is waiving licensing fees for three years for companies that seek to commercialize these patents.
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