News and issues relating to the defense aerospace business, with emphasis on current/in-use, in-development and prospective programs for manned military aircraft, unmanned combat aircraft vehicles (UCAVs), military aircraft engines, avionics, missiles, bombs, guidance systems and ground-based air-defense systems.
Air Force leadership expresses confidence that top-priority procurements are safe from possible budget threats.
Deliveries of the fly-by-wire midsize business jets are expected to start in 2016.
The Navy is still seeking sources for an "organic, sea-based unmanned aerial system."
More than 80 of the aircraft have been grounded since cracks were discovered in the canopy sill longerons this summer.
Trials on the NASA Ikhana Predator B are slated to begin in November.
With the completion of the PDR, the program advances to critical design review, moving closer to manufacturing the system.
The deal is valued at $2.5 billion.
An AeroVironment Puma AE launched from the flight deck of the Coast Guard cutter Healy, under way in the Arctic Ocean.
The estimated contract completion date is Dec. 31, 2016.