The Air Force plans to initially buy hypersonic weapons in limited quantities and await follow-on versions that feature improvements. The Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon and Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon are being developed by Lockheed Martin and tested aboard the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress.
While little is known about the developmental B-21 Raider, Air Force Gen. Timothy Ray has confirmed the aircraft is being built for easy future upgrades. Northrop Grumman is the prime contractor on the B-21 project.
South Korea is planning to relaunch a competition for the supply of training helicopters. Bell and Leonardo offered models in a previous call for 41 helicopters.
Airbus Helicopters is taking its first step in large-scale production of 3D-printed parts, using additive manufacturing to build door latches for the A350 helicopter. Airbus says 3D printing produces parts that are lighter and at lower cost than current methods.
Shanghai Airlines has received its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner as the 100th member of the carrier's fleet. More than 60 Dreamliners are in service for airlines in China.
The Federal Aviation Administration's Office of Commercial Space Transportation will grow under the FAA reauthorization bill expected to pass Congress this week. The FAA is being directed to step up support of commercial space.
Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson's public call for an additional 74 squadrons is likely to generate debate about future service budgets.
Lockheed Martin says the next phase of its F-35 affordability initiative could bring the price of an individual jet below $80 million.
The International Space Station represents an opportunity for commercial entities to gain a new foothold in space.