The US and Canada plan to coordinate policies on aviation and other modes of transportation with the shared goal of net zero emissions by 2050, according to a joint statement by US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Canadian Transport Minister Omar Alghabra. The two leaders are reaffirming their countries' cooperation on transportation policies.
Lockheed Martin will fill US Air Force orders for 137 Long-Range Anti-Ship Missiles and 400 extended range Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles under two agreements with a combined value of $843.7 million. Lockheed will do the work in Troy, Ala., and Orlando, Fla. by July 2025.
Rolls-Royce, Pratt & Whitney and General Electric are all expected to turn in more information by this summer to complement their submitted proposals to supply replacement engines for US Air Force B-52 bombers. The engine replacement program calls for 608 new engines, plus support and spares.
The US Air Force is considering options to replace its aging fleet of Boeing E-3 Sentry aircraft, with one top general favoring the Boeing E-7 Wedgetail. "There's some other technologies out there that are ready, and quite a bit better than the E-3," said Pacific Air Forces commander Gen. Kenneth Wilsbach.
Australia has confirmed a return to flight for the Boeing 737 MAX, with Acting Chief of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority Graeme Crawford saying, "We ... are confident that the aircraft are safe." Virgin Australia currently has 25 units of the 737 MAX on order.
NASA's Mark Kirasich says SpaceX, Blue Origin and Dynetics have submitted "incredible proposals" for the agency's lunar lander program, with a selection decision coming in the "very near future." The Human Landing System program received $850 million for the current budget cycle, which was short of NASA's request.
Commercial space has a major role to play in US Space Force operations, according to Chief of Space Operations Gen. Jay Raymond, citing the growing capabilities of the private sector in space. "Almost every mission that we do in space has a commercially viable path," he said.
The Biden administration's $1.9 billion coronavirus relief package is expected to pass the House and move to the Senate today, as both chambers have committed to gain final passage of the legislation by mid-March. A proposal to increase the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour could be a sticking point in the Senate.
The Air Force Research Laboratory is looking to expand the number of Vanguard programs beyond the current three: Navigation Technology Satellite-3, Skyborg and Golden Horde. "I look forward to keeping this pipeline moving and energized with a steady flow of Vanguards coming and going," Gen. Heather Pringle.
Lockheed Martin is finalizing a logistics proposal covering F-35 fighter aircraft that will significantly reduce the Defense Department's cost of operations. The aerospace company is also working with suppliers to improve performance with plans that include performance-based incentives.
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