Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO David Melcher highlights the industry's work with government to accelerate the foreign military sales process. "I think everybody is cognizant now that American competitiveness rides on our ability to be successful with FMS," he said during an interview at the Farnborough International Airshow, noting "two years, three years will not work" for approval timelines.
The FBI is investigating the hack of Democratic National Committee emails, pledging "to hold accountable those who pose a threat in cyberspace." Emails obtained in the breach shed light on the DNC's close relationship with Hillary Clinton as she vied for the nomination against rival Bernie Sanders.
The Air Force is considering Embraer's A-29 Super Tucano and Beechcraft's AT-6 as off-the-shelf replacements for the Fairchild Dornier A-10 close-air support aircraft. The Air Force doesn't want to spread its new trainer too thin by also considering it for close-air support.
Startup Vector Space Systems' acquisition of Garvey Spacecraft has put the company on a timeline for a first launch in 2018. Garvey has been hard at work on development of its Nanosat Launch Vehicle.
Turkey's Roketsan missile company struck a deal with Lockheed Martin to integrate the SOM-J Stand-Off Missile with the F-35. The deal was announced at the Farnborough International Airshow, where the F-35 received a positive report from US Air Force Gen. Hawk Carlisle.
Members of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee's subcommittee on Space, Science and Competitiveness are keen to make sure that NASA has consistent priorities and funding during the next presidential administration.
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.
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