The USAF's bidding deadline for the $85 billion contract to develop the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent missile passed on Dec. 13 with no offer from Boeing, leaving Northrop Grumman as expected as the sole bidder.
The demo will showcase the capability designed into the V-280’s fly-by-wire flight control system.
Britain’s aerospace industry is waking up to Brexit certainty after Prime Minister Boris Johnson secured a landslide majority in a Dec. 12 general election.
Boeing is reportedly delaying plans to accelerate production to 57 per month until 2021.
FAA Administrator Steve Dickson suggested Boeing improve the “quality and timeliness” of information it is providing the agency to support getting the 737 MAX back into service, part of a larger message that Boeing’s efforts should focus on meeting regulatory demands, not influencing the process.
Southwest Airlines will share $125 million with employees as part of a deal struck with Boeing that covers part of what the airline is losing because of the 737 MAX groundings, the carrier said Dec. 12.
CEO Dan Jablonsky confirmed the company is exploring a wide range of possibilities. “We continue to get asked what else we might do," he says. "We continue to look at all alternatives.”
The introduction of a VTOL unmanned aircraft to each platoon will be staggered monthly beginning in April and each unit will operate only one system.
The FAA’s top official remains confident in the agency’s certification methodology and processes for evaluating safety-critical issues, pushing back on lawmakers’ assertions that the system is “broken” and in need of a major overhaul.
The parliament approved 1.403 trillion won ($1.2 billion) for the KF-X program as part of the 2020 defense budget passed on Dec. 10.