The Air Force has awarded three launch contracts each to United Launch Alliance and SpaceX under Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program. ULA will receive $441.76 million and SpaceX will receive $297 million for the national security launches.
The Defense Department has completed its National Military Strategy but is keeping it classified and has no plans to release an unclassified version.
The US and Europe are prioritizing defense spending amid growing concerns about Russia and China. Investments by the US are giving momentum to growth in defense spending across Europe, according to the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
The Air Force reportedly will include eight Boeing F-15s in its 2020 budget proposal and could purchase a total of 80 F-15s in coming years. Boeing has developed the F-15X to carry heavier weapons loads.
Raytheon will deliver a $1.55 billion launch platform for Patriot missiles to the UAE. Raytheon also is supplying Patriot missiles to the UAE.
Boeing's new mid-market airplane could be a game-changer for the company, ushering in new technologies and enabling a larger presence in the aftermarket, according to experts. "This is why so much of Boeing's efforts right now are focused on getting the cost down and the operating economics right," Teal Group's Richard Aboulafia says.
The Lockheed Martin X-59A supersonic aircraft is approaching the assembly stage. The company is developing quiet sonic boom technology with NASA.
The Pentagon is looking for technology that can use space-based sensors to quickly take out incoming missiles. A recent announcement is requesting information on capabilities regarding a "Time-Sensitive Target Mission Payloads Demonstration."