The Aerospace Industries Association has been part of forming the Trump administration's soon-to-be-released report on the US defense industrial base. "We hope that the assessment would echo AIA calls for increased, regular order defense budgets, streamlined acquisition policy, targeted support for key capabilities, and enhancing the skills and capabilities of the workforce," said John Luddy, AIA vice president for national security policy.
The potential sale of a six C-130J aircraft to Germany has been approved by the State Department. Germany is interested in acquiring three KC-130J tankers and three C-130J-30 Super Hercules aircraft worth a combined total of $1.4 billion.
Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Lawrence Stutzriem and retired Lt. Col. Michael Buck, who work for the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, are calling on the Air Force to develop light-attack aircraft for the long-term, possibly including a replacement for the A-10 Warthog. "If we develop a long-term program of continuous development, this I think will pay off in spades, with the revitalization of the attack enterprise that allows the fourth and fifth-gen high-end assets to work more on near-peer threats," Buck said.
Construction of the USS Montana Virginia-class submarine is approaching the halfway mark as Huntington Ingalls prepares to deliver the vessel in 2020.
Spike Aerospace is predicting a 13 million-passenger market for supersonic travel by 2025. The technology "will ultimately benefit anyone who wants and needs to get to their destinations faster," said President and CEO Vik Kachoria.
Lockheed Martin recently hosted students for the company's annual Engineering Day, a chance for young people to learn about career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math fields.
NASA is looking to the private sector to fill its need for orbiting labs, a move that could free up funds currently spent supporting the International Space Station. "Unless NASA's budget is significantly increased, there are not enough funds both to maintain direct federal support for the ISS and return American astronauts to the surface of the moon in the 2020s," said Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas.
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