State Dept. approves Morocco's weapons order | UK seeks to arm F-35, Typhoon with electronic weapon | Army in market for new AESA antennas for helo fleets
September 13, 2019
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State Dept. approves Morocco's weapons order
Morocco has received approval from the State Department for the acquisition of TOW missiles and F-16 weaponry valued at $985 million. Raytheon, General Dynamics, Orbital ATK and others will fill the order, should it move forward.
Defense News (9/13) 
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UK seeks to arm F-35, Typhoon with electronic weapon
MBDA is incorporating an electronic warfare payload into its Spear missile for a demonstration requested by the British Defense Ministry. "These state-of-the-art electronic jammers will confuse our adversaries and keep our pilots safer than ever in the air," said Defense Procurement Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan. "Paired with the devastating power of precision Brimstone and Meteor missiles, our world-class F-35 and Typhoon jets will continue to rule the skies in the years to come."
Defense News (9/12) 
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Army in market for new AESA antennas for helo fleets
The Army is seeking proposals for the supply of Active Electronically Scanned Array antennas for its helicopter fleets. The antennas should be "capable of providing multi-mode, multi-mission, [and] multi-function support."
Jane's Information Group (9/13) 
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Civil Aviation
Technology transforming MRO
Additive manufacturing, automation and the use of drones for inspections are all technologies that are changing the aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul business. "It's certainly conceivable that MRO service providers will require quick-react manufacturing cells to produce custom repairs or parts, possibly under some alternative basis of certification or authority," said Victor Ho of AAR.
MRO Network (9/12) 
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Azul ready to build business around new Embraer fleet
Embraer has completed delivery of the first E195-E2 to be flown by Azul airline. Embraer models are a critical part of the airlines growth ambitions going forward, according to Chairman David Neeleman.
AIN Online (9/12) 
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A&D Workforce
Drone operations attract women to aviation
Drone operations and the growing commercial use of drones is proving to be an area that is attracting more women to aviation. More than half of delivery service Zipline's workforce in Ghana, for example, are women.
Forbes (9/12) 
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Space
Thales Alenia Space looks to win customers with new all-electric satellite
Thales Alenia Space is anticipating success for its Inspire satellite, an all-electric, reprogrammable satellite that is being produced serially. Boeing and Airbus have also recently rolled out new, flexible satellite models.
Space News International (9/12) 
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Barrett voices support for Space Force
Barbara Barrett, Trump administrations pick to become the next secretary of the Air Force, says space defense is important to US security. The full Senate is scheduled to vote on her nomination later this month.
Space News International (9/12) 
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Policy and Legislation
China aims for more productive trade talks; Trump open to interim deal
Chinese officials are considering measures to make the next round of trade negotiations with the US more focused and productive, sources say. China reportedly might seek to set national security issues aside for separate discussions, increase US agricultural imports and offer easier US access to Chinese markets. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump has indicated willingness to accept an interim agreement.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (9/12),  CNBC (9/12) 
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Democrats to review proposed US-Mexico-Canada trade deal
The Trump administration has forwarded revised proposals for the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement to Democratic lawmakers for review. Democrats say they will scrutinize the proposals to see how they align with recommendations lawmakers submitted in July. Meanwhile, several business groups have urged a speedy resolution to the issue.
Reuters (9/11),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (9/12) 
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AIA News
Annual report shows continued strength of aerospace & defense workforce
The American aerospace and defense industry continues to drive the US economy and support high-paying jobs, but the industry must redouble hiring and recruiting efforts to maintain its role as a global leader, according to the Aviation Week Network’s 2019 Workforce Study Report. The study – conducted in partnership with the Aerospace Industries Association, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and PwC – surveyed young professionals in the industry, college engineering students, and 26 A&D companies to help provide a clearer picture of trends in the A&D workforce. Read more.
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