Aerospace
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6/20/2018

BAE Systems is making capital investments in its US manufacturing facilities in anticipation of demand from the Department of Defense. The company has put $100 million into a new dry dock in California and $150 million into factories that do work related to electronic warfare suites for the F-35 and others.

6/20/2018

FedEx is buying two dozen additional Boeing cargo planes: 12 767Fs and 12 777Fs. The order has a list-price value of $6.6 billion.

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Air Transport World
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FedEx, Boeing
6/20/2018

A BAE Systems and Iveco Defence Vehicles team has received a $198 million contract to supply the Marine Corps with 30 next-generation amphibious combat vehicles. The contact could be worth $1.2 billion if options for up to 204 vehicles are exercised.

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New Atlas
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Marine Corps, BAE Systems, BAE
6/20/2018

The Bell V-280 Valor flew for its first public demonstration, showcasing rapid progress on the design for the Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstration program.

6/20/2018

Airbus has found a way to complete final assembly of the A320 inside a former A380 maintenance hangar at its Hamburg-Finkenwerder facility using automation technology. Airbus now has four final assembly lines for the A320 and A320neo.

6/20/2018

Goodyear is ready to launch its newest airship this month, the 10-ton, 246-foot Wingfoot Three. The company also is launching an airship pilot training program because, as the Federal Aviation Administration notes, the US has only 128 qualified airship pilots.

6/20/2018

Lee Ann Shay calls on the aerospace industry to take an active role in promoting diversity and inclusion. "Don't let this polarizing time stop you from seeking new viewpoints, encouraging diversity and inclusion, and making the aviation industry an even better place to work," she writes.

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MRO Network
6/20/2018

Former US Rep. Mike Rogers says the Air Force must cut down on its acquisitions bureaucracy to take advantage of the latest space technologies. "If we want to take advantage of new capabilities, we can't rely on today's ponderous certification and government overhead processes," he writes.

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Defense One
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Air Force, Rep. Mike Rogers
6/20/2018

President Donald Trump's executive order establishing a US Space Force will set into motion the long process of potentially creating a new military branch. "This is a very big bureaucratic shift, lots of complex moving parts, lots of budget implications, doctrine implications, command relationship implications, funding implications, legal implications -- all of those have to be worked out," said Brian Weeden of the Secure World Foundation.

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Defense News
6/20/2018

Lawmakers are working to block the sale of the F-35 to Turkey, citing that country's purchase of Russian-made missiles. "The United States and NATO have warned Turkey that the integration of the Russian S-400 missile system with the F-35 aircraft would threaten exposure of our most closely guarded military secrets to a major power hostile to NATO and US interests," states a letter signed by House members from both major parties.

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FlightGlobal (U.K.)
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NATO, Congress