Boeing's comprehensive service life extension on Navy F/A-18 Super Hornets likely will begin next year. The work, including structural upgrades and possibly a stealth coating, would add 3,000 flight hours to the jet's life span.
A 350-ship Navy was part of President Donald Trump's campaign platform, and the Navy says 355 is today's minimum, yet funding for this fleet level does not appear to be forthcoming from Congress. Failing to rebuild US naval strength might be a potentially fatal mistake, Robert O'Brien and Jerry Hendrix write.
Leonardo's Helicopter Division is on track for its AgustaWestland AW609 tiltrotor aircraft to enter service in 2019. The company is working with the Federal Aviation Administration to meet the timeline.
The Federal Aviation Administration has given news broadcaster CNN a waiver to fly Vantage Robotics Snap drones at 150 feet over people's heads in cities of any size. This marks the first time the FAA will allow commercial drones broad access to urban airspace.
Government spending will fuel growth for the satellite payload industry worldwide. The market will reach $21.8 billion by 2025, according to Research and Markets report.
President Donald Trump reportedly suggested that Senate members form a bipartisan working group to advance tax reform. The idea was mentioned in a recent closed-door meeting.
Secretary of Defense James Mattis is trying to thwart legislation that would require the US to inform other governments if it plans to combat some cyberattacks. "The nature of cyber-attacks is ever evolving, and we need to maintain our ability to take decisive action against this increasingly dangerous threat," Mattis wrote.
Aurora Flight Sciences COO Mark Cherry has been tapped to lead Boeing's Phantom Works technology division. "Mark will accelerate efforts to integrate advanced technologies and processes into solutions that our customers want and that can grow our business," said Leanne Caret, head of Boeing's defense, space and security unit.
The fate of funding for the Joint Surveillance and Target Attack Radar System will not be known until the Air Force releases its 2019 budget proposal. The service is considering JSTARS proposals from Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman.