An International Institute for Strategic Studies' assessment of global military power finds that the US and its allies are losing their technical superiority over China and other rivals. China's air-to-air combat capabilities are rapidly gaining ground.
Aerospace Industries Association's Remy Nathan cautions that US protectionism when it comes to metal imports would drive up the cost of building aircraft in the US because the industry relies on an international supply chain. "This is a complex set of problems and possible solutions, with potential for unintended consequences," he said.
Boeing and the White House are closing in on final details for commissioning a pair of Air Force One aircraft. Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg met Tuesday with President Donald Trump.
The State Department has OK'd the $3.2 billion sale of Patriot missiles to Sweden. Lockheed Martin and Raytheon are main contractors on the sale.
Bell is dropping "helicopter" from its name as the company positions itself as "a technology company redefining flight," said President and CEO Mitch Snyder. The brand update comes as Bell looks to develop new types of aircraft, such as urban air taxis.
In a letter to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, the CEOs of Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines expressed their opposition to any increase to the Passenger Facility Charge. "Airlines are committed to making capital improvements in infrastructure alongside our well-funded airport partners, and we respectfully ask for your commitment to solutions that do not involve unnecessary tax increases on the traveling public," they wrote.
NASA is seeking $264.7 million for the Europa Clipper mission, a mission to Jupiter and its moon Europa. The latest funding proposal accelerates the launch schedule.
National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster says the Defense Department must acquire and field technologies faster for the US to stay ahead in a space-based conflict. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson has confirmed that the service is "doing a complete review of how we acquire space systems."
Rep. Rob Wittman, who chairs the House Armed Services Subcommittee for Seapower and Projection Forces, says the US must move forward with plans to develop hypersonic weapons. "Through effective development and acquisition of hypersonics, we can give our decision makers what they need to meet the challenges of today and prepare for the threats of tomorrow," he writes.
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