The Air Force's Next Generation Air Dominance will move to rapidly develop the next US fighter plane, according to acquisition executive Will Roper. "Based on what industry thinks they can do and what my team will tell me, we will need to set a cadence of how fast we think we build a new airplane from scratch. Right now, my estimate is five years," he said.
Lockheed Martin and Aerojet Rocketdyne are jointly developing a Mach 5-capable cruise missile. This missile capability is a top priority for the Pentagon and, if successful, could best current air defense systems.
Boeing predicts a market for 8,090 new aircraft in China over the next two decades with a list-price value of $1.3 trillion. "An expanding middle class, significant investment in infrastructure, and advanced technologies that make airplanes more capable and efficient, continue to drive tremendous demand for air travel," Boeing's Randy Tinseth says.
Indiana sees a bright future for aerospace as an economic driver and has invested $900 million in the sector. "There's a lot going on in the state, it doesn't get advertised a lot, but if you think about Indiana's manufacturing capabilities, and its legacy, its low cost of living, its ability to attract intellectual capital through the university systems; it has a lot of potential," says Dan Dumbacher of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
The Air Force is preparing a solicitation for new B-52 bomber engines that should be released before the end of the year. The Air Force is looking for single manufacturer to develop and test the engine.
Raytheon's developmental Peregrine missile aims to combine the reach of the AIM-120 and maneuverability of AIM-9X. "What we see it as is a complement to our [AIM-120] Amraam and AIM-9X," Raytheon's Mark Noyes says.
Digitizing workflows, cleaning data, data sharing, training and leveraging private sector technology are all part of the Air Force's new artificial intelligence strategy. "Just as the commercial sector has rushed to embrace these technologies, our global competitors are overtly accelerating the integration and weaponization of AI as an effective measure to counter our traditional strengths and exploit our perceived weaknesses," according to the Air Force.
The Army has issued a request for information regarding a Long Range Precision Munition suitable for the Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopter and General Atomics MQ-1C Gray Eagle drone. In addition the munition could become part of future vertical lift aircraft.
Saab Gripen E fighter jets being built for the Brazilian Air Force have reached the flight test phase in Sweden. "With Gripen Brazil will have one of the most advanced fighters in the world and the technology transfer program will allow Brazil to develop, produce and maintain supersonic fighters," Saab President and CEO Hakan Bushke says.
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