The Aerospace Industries Association's Supplier Management Council Meeting is happening this week in Indianapolis and attracting a record number of participants. "These meetings are a great opportunity for us to strengthen relationships with existing suppliers, learn about industry trends that may open doors with new suppliers, and share our thoughts on where the future of aerospace technology is headed," said Marion Blakey, CEO of sponsor Rolls-Royce North America.
The Army's Long-Range Precision Fires team is laying the groundwork for ramjet and hypersonic capabilities. "There is a real need to modernize our surface-to-surface fires at echelon to be able to guarantee a clear overmatch against any potential adversary both on the modern and future battlefield," said Brig. Gen. Stephen Maranian, citing needs for increases in range, lethality and volume.
Threats from Russia and China are prompting the Defense Department to pursue submarine and ship-based nuclear missile options.
Spirit AeroSystems CEO Tom Gentile says the pace of Boeing 737 production is accelerating, predicting another 10,000 flying in just 15 years. Increasing rates of production by Boeing, Airbus and Bombardier will be met by automation across the supply chain, he said.
Boeing has announced plans to establish a research center in South Korea, the company's seventh international development center. "Korea is home to premier talent and industrial partners, as well as policies that foster innovation development. These factors combine to make Korea an ideal collaborator on aerospace innovations that will change the world," said Boeing CTO Greg Hyslop.
Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska is preparing for a commercial launch by an unnamed commercial space company. The launch window is March 27 through April 6.
Nuclear power sources will be permitted in the Discovery science mission, which is now in the planning stages.
President Donald Trump is publicly supporting military sales to Saudi Arabia, a country that has ordered $54 billion in military assets from the US in the past nine months. "Saudi Arabia is a very wealthy nation, and they're going to give the United States some of that wealth, hopefully, in the form of jobs, in the form of the purchase of the finest military equipment anywhere in the world," Trump said.
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