The UK government has granted Amazon permission to test drone deliveries in the country, accelerating the process in Europe. The US continues to grapple with commercial drone regulations.
Sikorsky has announced the completion of the Critical Design Review milestone for the VH-92A Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program, paving the way to begin manufacturing the presidential helicopters. Sikorsky is building a total of 23 helicopters for the program under a $1.24 billion contract from the Navy.
The Army plans to evaluate CyPhy Works' Persistent Aerial Reconnaissance and Communications tethered reconnaissance drones, which can deliver high-definition video.
Poland is hammering out details for its initial purchase of two Patriot missile defense, and the deal should be finalized by year's end.
The Obama administration is considering nuclear disarmament possibilities as the end of Barack Obama's final term nears. House Armed Services Committee Chair Mac Thornberry has warned that reducing nuclear arms "results in a more dangerous world."
Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO David Melcher highlights the industry's work with government to accelerate the foreign military sales process. "I think everybody is cognizant now that American competitiveness rides on our ability to be successful with FMS," he said during an interview at the Farnborough International Airshow, noting "two years, three years will not work" for approval timelines.
The FBI is investigating the hack of Democratic National Committee emails, pledging "to hold accountable those who pose a threat in cyberspace." Emails obtained in the breach shed light on the DNC's close relationship with Hillary Clinton as she vied for the nomination against rival Bernie Sanders.
The Air Force is considering Embraer's A-29 Super Tucano and Beechcraft's AT-6 as off-the-shelf replacements for the Fairchild Dornier A-10 close-air support aircraft. The Air Force doesn't want to spread its new trainer too thin by also considering it for close-air support.
Startup Vector Space Systems' acquisition of Garvey Spacecraft has put the company on a timeline for a first launch in 2018. Garvey has been hard at work on development of its Nanosat Launch Vehicle.
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