Whether it is the Future Air Combat System (FCAS), Next-Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) or simply Future Fighter, development of the next generation of combat aircraft is gaining momentum around the world, aiming for fielding in the 2030s and beyond.
Three years in, Trudeau government’s long-term strategy calls for a significant increase in defense spending through 2027, but has not cured annual budget woes.
Mixed feelings about defense spending growth by President Donald Trump and criticism by Democratic Party leaders spell uncertainty for defense spending.
Japan’s defense ministry wants a big budget boost, partly to pay for ballistic-missile defense. The minister hints at even more spending in the future.
Spending for 2019 is scheduled to rise 8.2%. Within that, the equipment, research and development budget will advance 13.7%.
Boeing and the U.S. Air Force have not reached an agreement on KC-46 first delivery and how best to rectify deficiencies.
France is slated to receive new transports, tankers and intelligence-gathering aircraft as part of increased defense spending.
Slovakian leaders say Block 70/72 buy shows commitment to NATO partners.
U.S. defense agencies are stepping up development of hypersonic weapons to keep pace with China and Russia.
The year ahead holds milestones in human space transport, airliner first flights and new launches and more, but it also promises significant uncertainty.