Sikorsky has received a $550.4 million contract modification from the US Navy for six CH-53K King Stallion helicopters. "The production of this CH-53K helicopter represents a new era in capabilities, technologies, safety and mission flexibility for the US Marine Corps," said Bill Falk of Sikorsky.
The Army has awarded Leidos a follow-on contract valued at $306 million for DHC-8 aircraft on the Saturn Arch platform. The Saturn Arch platform was launched in 2010 for the deployment of aircraft to detect improvised explosive devices.
Tecnam is partnering with Rolls-Royce on the development of a nine-passenger, all-electric aircraft dubbed the P-Volt. "By combining efficiency and renewable energy into the futuristic propulsion system, we will not only reduce costs, but also grant a greener future to our passion for flying," said Tecnam CEO Paolo Pascale Langer.
The Air Force has funding available for 15 space startups that will pitch ideas to the US and UK at International Space Pitch Day next month. "We want to hear the pitch. If you hit the center of the target, we can sign a contract," said Jake Singleton international liaison for AFWERX.
The US is giving Israel access to national security satellites, including the Space-Based Infrared System, as a way to assure Israel's security. US Defense Secretary Mark Esper will meet with Israeli officials this week.
Defense firms have maintained focus on employee health amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic with companies such as Click Bond launching a new wellness initiative and Mercury Systems offering coronavirus testing to employees. Special Aerospace Services is renovating its Colorado offices to make employees more comfortable, while GSE Dynamics has embraced virtual meetings.
Lockheed Martin is looking to be a leader in bringing 21st century technology to the defense industrial base and will use partnerships in key areas such as 5G networks. "I think there's some incredible runway or open space there for us to be a leader in bringing some of those companies and some of those technology leaders in partnership with us," CEO Jim Taiclet said.
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