Raytheon has confirmed Romania's plans to buy a Patriot defense system from the US. "Raytheon has a longstanding relationship with Romania, and will work closely with the US and Romanian governments to ensure this NATO partner achieves it defense objectives," according to the company.
The Federal Aviation Administration has certified Honeywell's Multi-Mode Receiver for production. "Honeywell's Integrated Multi-Mode Receiver is currently the only comprehensive and fully digital navigation receiver to support the airline industry," said Honeywell's Carl Esposito.
The Air Force is changing its approach to space operations, including having startups play a role in space defense. Policymakers and the military are more focused than ever in protecting the US's space equipment and command in the space race, and on the capabilities for fighting a space war.
The SB-Defiant helicopter is scheduled to begin flight testing in early 2018, according to Boeing and Sikorsky, the companies that are jointly developing the aircraft. The work requires coordinating three elements of production: the systems integration lab, propulsion system test bed and the aircraft's flight.
The "Buy American" debate is not new, and multiple stakeholders, from Congress to the Aerospace Industries Association, have long known that exclusive reliance on a domestic industrial base for US defense is not possible. "Trying to redirect the flow of technology, capital and innovation is only likely to slow things down, add costs, deny us crucial technology and, perhaps most importantly, really irritate our close allies," writes Colin Clark.
The Trump administration's attempts to prevent people from certain countries from entering the US is diminishing demand for travel to the US from Dubai, and the White House's recent ban on flying with laptops from the eight nations in North Africa and the Middle East is only making matters worse. Emirates airline plans to respond to decreased demand by dropping some service to five US destinations.
NASA is bracing for five years of budgets that won't increase -- not even for inflation -- and that could mean a loss of $3.4 billion. NASA scientists fear research and technology development will face the brunt of cuts during NASA's lean times.