Raytheon is stepping up efforts to develop its hypersonic weapons for the US to meet capabilities being developed by China. "The Chinese have been acting very extensively in this [realm], and they are testing missiles like the WU-14," Raytheon's Thomas Bussing said.
Boeing reported 676 orders coming out of the Farnborough Airshow, trumping the 571 the company received at the Paris Air Show in 2017. Major orders for Boeing include 110 MAX 10s, 53 freighters and 52 787 Dreamliners.
The Air Force has received proposals from Boeing and Northrop Grumman detailing intercontinental ballistic missile designs for the ground-based strategic deterrent. The Air Force is working on specifying requirements for the ICBM program.
The F-35 is making its mark on Europe, and the aircraft is set to take on a larger role in warfare plans, according to Gen. Tod Wolters, who commands NATO and US air forces in Europe. "We're in the process of integrating the F-35 into the complete environment, not just the airspace," he said.
The Federal Aviation Administration has certified Gulfstream's G500 for type and production, and deliveries are planned for this year. "Receiving the type certification and production certificate on the same day speaks to the rigor inherent in the G500 program and the commitment to excellence of the entire Gulfstream team," said Gulfstream president Mark Burns.
Lockheed Martin will invest $100 in workforce training and education in coming years in addition to donating $50 million to the STEM Scholarship Fund. "We want to make sure that we've got the workers for today as well as for the future," said CEO Marillyn Hewson.
NASA and United Launch Alliance are preparing to send the Parker Solar Probe toward the sun using a Delta IV Heavy rocket. "The launch energy to reach the Sun is 55 times that required to get to Mars, and two times that needed to get to Pluto," said mission contributor Yanping Guo of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory.
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