Boeing has reported a joint venture with Saudi Arabia to provide military sustainment services. The announcement coincides with a visit by President Donald Trump to Saudi Arabia and the confirmation of several deals between the country and Boeing, including one for the purchase of Chinook cargo helicopters.
The Trump administration will reportedly propose $560 million in cuts to NASA in the 2018 budget. The cuts will affect many major NASA areas.
As you pass the AIA Operations Center at the International Paris Air Show, there’ll be no shortage of activity. We'll be supporting the DOD Corral again this year, and we have a full slate of aircraft on static display. We'll also be hosting several receptions and roundtables. Finally, we'll round out the week with the International Rocketry Challenge, featuring US champions Festus High School of Festus, Mo., against teams from France, Japan and the UK. Read more at the AIA Blog.
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Leaked budget figures attributed to the Trump administration show a plan outlining almost $640 billion in military spending for 2018, including overseas war funding. The list includes more than $36 billion for defense aircraft procurement.
The rocketry team from California's Menlo-Atherton High School qualified for the Team America Rocketry Challenge after being established only a year ago, but a malfunction prevented the team from advancing. "It was a really great experience," said team member Zach Furman, who learned a lot at the competition.
Lawmakers should tread carefully with legislation that would make federal spectrum available exclusively to wireless operators, writes David Melcher, president and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association. The aerospace and defense industry, as well as government agencies, rely on this spectrum for a number of functions that are critical to American safety and economic strength, he writes.
Boeing says the Navy should stick with upgrades to the F/A-18 rather than launch a massive aircraft development program as it seeks another carrier-borne fighter jet. "You could keep evolving the mission systems, sensors and capability of the Super Hornet and maybe eventually put a new wrapper on it," said Boeing's Larry Burt.
China is offering a domestically produced attack helicopter to international buyers. The Z-19E, developed by AVIC Harbin Aircraft Industry, represents China's first attack helicopter built for export.
With the help of a Boeing 737 simulator, Aurora Flight Sciences has shown how a robot could land an aircraft. The demonstration was part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Aircrew Labor In-cockpit Automation System program.
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