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9/20/2017

The Aerospace Industries Association is calling on the Senate to act quickly on confirming nominees to the US Export-Import Bank. "For far too long, the Bank has been languishing without a quorum of at least three members on its Board, unable to fulfill its mission or process transactions exceeding $10 million, and we urge [Senate Banking Committee] Chairman [Mike] Crapo (R-Idaho) to schedule hearings on these nominees as quickly as possible," said David Melcher, AIA president and CEO.

9/20/2017

An extended continuing resolution could prompt the Air Force to postpone the official award of the T-X trainer contract until 2018. The service could still name a winner in 2017.

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9/20/2017

A video released by Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works unit hints at the potential shape of Lockheed's sixth-generation fighter jet. Skunk Works is developing a design to compete for the Air Force's next-generation air dominance contract to replace the F-22 Raptor.

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9/20/2017

The secretive B-21 bomber effort could become a "benchmark acquisition program for our nation," according to Air Force Gen. Robin Rand. The project is on track and is taking lessons from the B-2 program.

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9/20/2017

The US will need to invest up to $100 billion in new intercontinental ballistic missiles to meet the threats posed by a "crazy world" going forward, Air Force Gen. Robin Rand says. Replacing the ground-based ICBM arsenal is a key step that will "keep the world from spinning completely off its axis," he says.

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9/20/2017

Lockheed Martin is preparing for component standardization with a new family of satellite buses. The common-component catalog took five years to develop.

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9/20/2017

Six Pratt & Whitney engines that power Stratolaunch's aircraft-based launch platform have passed recent tests. Stratolaunch's aircraft has the world's largest wingspan.

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Pratt & Whitney, Stratolaunch
9/19/2017

Boeing has teamed up with Italy-based Leonardo to pitch the MH-139 as the replacement helicopter for the Air Force's fleet of UH-1N Huey helicopters. The Air Force is expected to award a contract in the next fiscal year.

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9/19/2017

Raytheon is offering its Joint Precision Approach & Landing Systems to the Air Force and Army, saying the aircraft-carrier based system has crossover capabilities. The F-35 Joint Program Office has been open to the idea, and it is installing JPALS software on all F-35 configurations.

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9/19/2017

The executive in charge of the B-21 Raider development program says the aircraft could be delivered at a lower-than-anticipated cost. The Air Force has committed to purchase a minimum of 100 B-21s.

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