Lockheed Martin is exploring new domains for its comprehensive set of purpose-built missiles, including the potential for taking its Patriot Advanced Capability-3 Missile Segment Enhancement beyond land-based deployments. "When you start mixing and matching, can you find other areas where these existing systems can come to bear, and we are finding, yes, the answer is yes, they can," said Lockheed's Tim Cahill.
General Atomics is close to landing a major international customer for its Avenger drone. The company is in discussions with the unnamed buyer for a potential 90-drone order, said President David Alexander.
Boeing has been overhauling its fabrication facility in Helena, Mont., to manufacture titanium parts for the 777X. The company finished increasing the size of the facility last month and now plans to install new machinery.
The Air Force is staffing up its new A11 space office, including appointing Shawn Barnes as the assistant deputy chief of staff. Maj. Gen. Pamela Lincoln will serve in a mobilization assistant role to the Space Operations' deputy chief of staff.
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carried NASA's latest communications satellite into orbit Friday after a successful liftoff from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, dubbed TDRS-M, will be part of a ground-to-space communications constellation.
The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce is pushing for Republican Sens. Tim Scott and Lindsey Graham to oppose Scott Garrett's nomination to the US Export-Import Bank, citing Garrett's known opposition to the bank and its mission. "Boeing and GE are in the state, but the reality is, the suppliers to Boeing and GE are small manufacturers, who indirectly benefit from the Export-Import Bank," said chamber President Ted Pitts.
The Office of Management and Budget is advising the Pentagon to prioritize research and development spending on technology that has both military and civil applications. Homeland security R&D should also emphasize dual-use technologies "that have the potential to contribute significantly to American economic and technological leadership," the guidance says.
Army Maj. Gen. David Bassett says stable funding is essential to the service's ability to modernize its tank and vehicle fleets, including the new Stryker armored vehicle. Bassett cites funding provided by Congress in 2016 for the Stryker program.
With Congress taking steps to reform the United States' tax code, the Aerospace Industries Association and its more than 340 member companies are committed to redoubling their support for a sensible and comprehensive tax code overhaul that stimulates job creation, makes the US more attractive for business investment, and levels the international playing field for American-made exports. Read more at the AIA Blog.