Boeing and the Air Force are installing cargo lock retrofits on KC-46A Pegasus tankers. "The Boeing/Air Force team have successfully tested a cargo lock retrofit that prevents the lock from beginning to disengage," said Boeing's Lawrence Chambers.
Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist says US contractors should be included in EU defense programs aimed at improving the nation block's defense industrial base. "We strongly encourage our European allies to pursue efforts that facilitate greater NATO-EU cooperation and advanced interoperability," he said.
Defense contractor Raytheon announced it is working on a project with the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to create a program using synthetic biology and two different strains of bacteria for the detection of buried explosives.
Germany has yet to approve funding for the next phase of the Future Combat Air System program with Spain and France. Germany's share of the upcoming studies will be $83 million.
Aircraft lessor Avolon has confirmed the order of an additional 10 Airbus A330-900s, specifying Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines.
The Air Force Information Asset Pre-assessment program will enable the Commercial Satellite Communications Office to certify that commercial satellite services meet Pentagon cyber security standards.
The Air Force Space Command says its is moving beyond Space Situational Awareness to Space Domain Awareness. "The implication of space as a warfighting domain demands we shift our focus beyond the Space Situational Awareness mindset of a benign environment to achieve a more effective and comprehensive SDA, much the way the Navy works to achieve maritime domain awareness in support of naval operations and the Air Force strives for maximum air domain awareness to achieve air superiority," states a memo from Maj. Gen. John Shaw.
Lockheed Martin and Pratt & Whitney have made "spectacular progress" in engaging suppliers to replace Turkey for the F-35, according to Lt. Gen. Eric Fick. "We began just over a year ago, very quietly but deliberately, taking actions to find alternate sources for all of those parts," he said.
Operations and maintenance of the Army's Future Vertical Lift aircraft "are likely to be more than 40 times larger than" research and development and more than twice the production costs, according to a report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
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