Singapore Airlines close to signing $14B Boeing order | Beyond stealth: World powers move toward hypersonic future | Army orders 255 Textron Mobile Strike Force Vehicles
October 20, 2017
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Singapore Airlines close to signing $14B Boeing order
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has confirmed plans to finalize Singapore Airlines' nearly $14 billion order for 39 Boeing jetliners. China Southern Airlines has placed an order for 38 Boeing aircraft worth $5.65 billion.
CNBC (10/20) 
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Defense
Beyond stealth: World powers move toward hypersonic future
World powers are racing to develop weapons that can travel at five times the speed of sound. "We still want to have stealth capabilities, but I would like to argue that hypersonics give you next-level capabilities," said Mark Lewis of the Institute for Defense Analyses.
Nasdaq (10/19) 
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Army orders 255 Textron Mobile Strike Force Vehicles
Textron has received an Army contract worth more than $332.9 million to supply the service with 255 mobile strike force vehicles. All vehicles should be completed within the next seven years.
United Press International (10/19) 
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Bell Helicopter ready to offer AH-1Z Viper to S. Korea
Bell Helicopter plans to pitch its AH-1Z Viper as South Korea's next amphibious attack helicopter.
Defense News (10/19) 
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Civil Aviation
Fleet of military, contract aircraft work to fight Calif. wildfires
Military and contract aircraft are working together to battle California's wildfires and conduct rescue operations in what is likely the largest combined operation of its kind. Seventy-three helicopters, 30 tankers and a pair of MQ-9 Reaper drones have been airborne over California during this state of emergency.
The Aviationist blog (10/19) 
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2nd LM-100J takes flight as Lockheed accelerates development
Lockheed Martin's second LM-100J freighter has completed its first test flight. The addition of a second test aircraft "will accelerate our progress to deliver this unique aircraft's capabilities to civilian operators around the world," test pilot Wayne Roberts said.
FlightGlobal (U.K.) (10/19) 
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Space
Experts say public-private cooperation only way to reach moon, Mars
Experts say the participation of private space companies will be essential to the US reaching the moon and beyond. "If we have commercial sector capabilities, we should use them for government services," said Philip Larson, former space adviser to the Obama administration.
Independent Journal Review (10/19) 
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Underground chamber could serve future moon base
A newly discovered subterranean chamber could serve as the home of a future moon base for humans, providing protection from cosmic radiation and temperature fluctuations. The US has prioritized a return to the lunar surface as part of its space exploration ambitions.
Digital Trends (10/19) 
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Policy and Legislation
Senate budget passage paves way for tax overhaul
Senate approval of a Republican-backed budget is paving the way for tax reform to move forward. Now that legislators have "completed the first step toward replacing our broken tax code, [we] have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to replace a failing tax code that holds Americans back with one that actually works for them," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (10/20) 
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AIA News
AIA joins EPA Smart Sectors Program
The Aerospace Industries Association is pleased to announce its participation in the EPA's Smart Sectors Program as part of our effort to promote environmental responsibility in the aerospace and defense sector. Our industry has a long record of environmental stewardship, and AIA member companies are continuously working on innovative solutions to improve the environmental performance of our products and factories. Read more here.
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AIA joins coalition in calling for tax reform and a budget resolution
America's business community to Congress: The time for tax reform is now. Read the letter.
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