The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has abandoned a plan to launch tiny satellites from a specialized F-15 aircraft after a pair of tests failed earlier this year.
The US should offer the Tomahawk missile to allies in the Pacific and NATO, writes Robert Crumplar. "Our naval air, surface, and submarine forces simply cannot be everywhere at once," he writes. "An austere budget limits resources available for development and production. Therefore, it is essential to uncover operational and acquisition efficiencies in order to generate the capabilities required."
Defense Department Comptroller Mike McCord says the defense industry should brace for cuts to modernization programs in the 2017 budget year, though whether these will affect the F-35 program remains to be seen.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy says a government shutdown is unlikely despite anticipated security fights heating up in Congress. The handling of Syrian refugees and defense department spending remain key issues.
Defense companies will face an active merger-and-acquisition environment in the near term, industry analysts say. "This is the early stage of defense M&A activity," said Tess Oxenstierna, managing director of Headwaters MB. "What's happened in the last 12 to 18 months is an uptick. There's $2 trillion of cash sloshing around in the aerospace/defense market."
General Electric, Boeing and Flatiron Solutions will collaborate to pitch the Boeing F/A-18 to the Danish government. The aircraft is being offered as a replacement for the F-16 for the Royal Danish Air Force.
The Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine, under development at Reaction Engines in the UK, is designed to propel a vehicle from the runway to five times the speed of sound. At that point, a conventional rocket engine could kick in to send a package into orbit at a fraction of the cost of a conventional launch. What makes it possible is SABRE's use of oxygen in the atmosphere, unburdening it of the heft of a tank of liquid oxygen.
The US government is moving to implement export control reforms started by President Barack Obama's administration six years ago, according to Brian Nilsson, a deputy assistant secretary of state. Changes on the way include the creation of a single application form and unified IT system.
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