Northrop Grumman will integrate Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures into aircraft for the Navy and Air Force under a $99.5 million contract extension. The work will be completed over the next two years.
Boeing's F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and Lockheed Martin's F-35 are both up for consideration as replacements for Finland's fleet of F/A-18 Hornets. Finland is also considering the Dassault Rafale, Eurofighter Typhoon and Saab JAS 39E/F Gripen.
FedEx will provide the Defense Department with express delivery services for small domestic and international packages under a new five-year contract worth $2.35 billion.
Boeing's Starliner spacecraft is moving steadily toward its first launch as the company manages a complex supply chain and technical issues. Boeing is installing training devices for astronauts at Johnson Space Center.
The Friday deadline is rapidly approaching for Congress to strike a budget deal that will avoid a federal government shutdown. Democrats say they will support an increase in defense spending if the budget also includes subsidies for low-income users of Obamacare.
Nearly 100 days into Donald's Trump presidency, legislative stumbles have prompted doubts that Congress will approve his proposed boost to defense spending, and military leaders say service readiness will continue to decline without serious new spending. "National security is one of the foremost duties for our government," said AIA's Dan Stohr. "Funding it appropriately should not be held hostage to other spending or other priorities."
The acquisition cost of the CH-53K King Stallion program has hit $27.7 billion, a 21% overrun, but cost-saving measures are coming, according to program manager Col. Hank Vanderborght. The Marine Corps has identified about $1.5 billion in savings.
Republicans in Congress are pushing for a budget deal that includes increased spending for border security and defense, including up to $30 billion in supplemental funding for the military.
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