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Boeing, Northrop to Compete for Air Force ICBM Production Phase

The U.S. Air Force intends to choose between Boeing and Northrop Grumman for the engineering and manufacturing phase of the service’s ground based strategic deterrent program that will begin in 2020, Defense News reported Thursday. The successful bidder will produce intercontinental ballistic missiles and related systems that are slated to be operational by the late 2020s.

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Mike Holmes: Boeing’s Fourth-Gen F-15X Could Help USAF Reduce Procurement Costs

Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of the Air Combat Command, said at an Air Force Association event in Florida that the service would reduce costs by acquiring fourth-generation aircraft like Boeing’s F-15X, National Defense reported Friday. Holmes noted that purchasing a mix of fourth- and fifth-generation aircraft would help the Air Force cut costs and reach its goal of procuring 72 new fighter jets annually.

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Gen. David Goldfein Inspects Air Force’s T-X Trainer Aircraft at Boeing Facility

Gen. David Goldfein, chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force, conducted an inspection of the T-X trainer aircraft during his visit to Boeing’s production facility in St. Louis on Jan. 15, the Air Force reported Wednesday. Goldfein shared his observations on the aircraft during the inspection, including his comments on the sight lines the plane offers.

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Lawmakers Back NDAA Proposal to Upgrade Boeing’s Harpoon Anti-Ship Missile

The House and the Senate have backed a proposal to upgrade Boeing’s Harpoon anti-ship missile to a Block II+ configuration for approximately $26.8 million, according to a conference report on the fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, which is now awaiting passage in the Senate as well as President Donald Trump’s approval, Defense News reported.

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Australian Air Force Declares Initial Operating Capability for Boeing-Built Poseidon Aircraft

The Royal Australian Air Force’s P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft, built by Boeing, has reached initial operating capability status five months ahead of schedule. Australia has received six of 12 P-8As on order to date, RAAF said Tuesday. The Number 11 Squadron operates the delivered units at a military airbase in Edinburgh, South Australia. Marise Payne, …

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NASA, Boeing Develop In-Orbit Payload Housing Platform

NASA‘s Marshall Space Flight Center and Boeing have collaborated to develop an in-orbit storage platform for payloads built to support scientific research efforts aboard the International Space Station. ISS currently houses multiple science payloads in eight shelving units dubbed EXpedite the PRocessing of Experiments to Space Station Racks and outfitted …

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Boeing Vet Patrick Shanahan Confirmed as Deputy Defense Secretary

The Senate voted 92-7 Tuesday to confirm Patrick Shanahan, senior vice president of supply chain and operations at Boeing, for the deputy defense secretary role, Defense News reported Tuesday. Shanahan’s confirmation for the Defense Department‘s no. 2 civilian post comes as the Trump administration’s 40 nominees for federal government roles face Senate vote delay. …

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