Saudi Arabia and Qatar are interested in purchasing Lockheed Martin's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, and international demand is growing for the company's Medium Extended Air Defense System. Lockheed sees a multibillion international market in play across about 30 programs.
Japan will buy 246 Standard Missle-2 defense missiles now that the US State Department has given its OK. The missiles, worth $821 million, will be deployed aboard Japanese destroyers.
Ten Democratic senators are urging President Barack Obama to halt work on the Long-Range Standoff cruise missile, saying it is too costly and "could increase the risk of nuclear war.” The senators, including California's Diane Feinstein, who has led the movement against the missile plan, sent their objections in a letter to Obama.
Private industry could drive future space stations as launching points for small satellites. Governments have already planned when to stop using the International Space Station for public missions.
The Air Force plans to step up training for airmen to meet space-based threats. "The training and skills that sustained our space operations for the last several decades are not the same skills we need to fight through threats and win in today's contested, degraded and operationally‐limited environment," writes Gen. John Hyten.
As F-16 production slows in 2016, Lockheed Martin stands ready to ramp up production quickly in anticipation of international orders. "We are managing that gap because there still continues to be interested customers who want to buy F-16s," said Lockheed's Orlando Carvalho at the Farnborough International Airshow.
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