Aerospace
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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
6/19/2018

The Pentagon has given a $126.5 million contract to Marvin Engineering for more than 1,000 guided missile launchers to be used on fighter aircraft.

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Pentagon, Marvin
6/19/2018

Members of Congress say the House and Senate can finalize a defense authorization bill on schedule, possibly before the summer break. "There's no reason we can't complete conference by the end of July," said Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, and chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.

6/19/2018

The Defense Department's contract with DRS Sustainment Systems covers support services associated with the Army's Abrams M1A2 main battle tank and is valued at more than $192.5 million. DRS will procure Abrams Active Protection systems.

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Abrams, Army, Defense Department
6/19/2018

The Royal Air Force supports the purchase of up to six Boeing Wedgetail aircraft to update its fleet of surveillance aircraft but is receiving pushback from those who want to see the acquisition put out for competitive bid.

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Royal Air Force, Boeing