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7/19/2017

The Aerospace Industries Association has withdrawn its support for Scott Garrett, a Trump administration nominee to the US Export-Import Bank.

7/19/2017

The Army plans to test-fire a 50-kilowatt laser weapon from a truck next year on its path to a 100-kW weapon in 2022. The 50-kW laser may be capable of taking out helicopters.

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7/19/2017

Russia plans to buy the Mikoyan MiG-35 in coming years, replacing Soviet-era MiG-29s. The plan will boost MiG as the company seeks to attract international buyers for the MiG-35.

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7/19/2017

Gulfstream has completed delivery of its milestone 550th G550 aircraft. "This milestone delivery affirms the continued demand for the G550, one of the most dependable and sought-after aircraft in the world today," said company President Mark Burns.

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7/19/2017

The Ural Boeing Manufacturing facility will push Russian aerospace parts exports past $1 billion when the facility opens in 2018. Boeing launched its joint venture with Rostec Corp. in 2009.

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7/19/2017

The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is voicing the Defense Department's opposition to the creation of a Space Corps. The new agency would "complicate the command and control of the current space constellation," said Gen. Paul Selva.

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7/19/2017

NASA's Tracking Data Relay Satellite was damaged during final preparations, putting the timing of the planned United Launch Alliance Atlas V launch into question. The next launch window opens Aug. 3.

7/19/2017

The Senate confirmed Pat Shanahan as deputy defense secretary on a 92-7 vote Tuesday. In the meantime, four other nominees -- John Gibson (for deputy chief management officer), Ellen Lord (for undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics), Lucian Niemeyer (for assistant secretary for energy, installations and environment) and Matthew Donovan (for Air Force undersecretary) -- sailed through a confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Service Committee with little difficult questioning.

7/18/2017

The Air Force's plans to develop a follow-on to the A-10 Warthog are in limbo as the popular close-air support plane approaches the end of its service life.

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7/18/2017

The confirmation of Patrick Shanahan to the Defense Department's No. 2 post remains on track in the Senate, despite the medical absence of Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain. The committee will consider five nominees, including Shanahan, a former Boeing executive.

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