The UK is placing command and control of military space operations under the Royal Air Force, a move that acknowledges the increasing threats in space. "There is increasing recognition that space was no longer a benign environment, but a warfighting domain that needed to be secured," said Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier.
The Royal Air Force will receive its first four permanent F-35s next month, and RAF pilots are training in the US to make final preparations for the handover. Nine jets are expected by the end of the summer, and operational capability is anticipated by year's end.
The Navy's "Magic Carpet" program is automating carrier landings for pilots of the F-35, Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler.
Sikorsky says its S-92 helicopter is the right choice for Royal Canadian Air Force search and rescue operations. The RCAF wants to modernize its search and rescue fleet of 14 Cormorants.
Zunum Aero says its hybrid-electric passenger aircraft will be delivered to charter airline JetSuite in 2022. Zunum is backed by Boeing.
Airbus is working to comply with a recent World Trade Organization ruling regarding illegal subsidies for some of its aircraft. "Airbus and the European member states France, Germany, Spain and the UK have agreed on some amendments to A380 and A350XWB Reimbursable Launch Investment loans," the company said.
Orbital ATK successfully completed its latest cargo launch for NASA, sending a Cygnus spacecraft toward the International Space Station on Monday. "It was just an outstanding, outstanding launch," said NASA's Kirk Shireman.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Hallmark program represents an update to the US military's ability to track space assets in an environment consisting of thousands of satellites.
Purchasing power calculations greatly erode the US advantage over rivals such as China and Russia when it comes to military expenditures. "We're the best paid military in the world by a long shot," said Army Chief of Staff Mark Milley. "The cost of Russian soldiers or Chinese soldiers is a tiny fraction."
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