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DDI for Fri. April 13, 2018, Vol. 20, Issue 15

Boeing, BAE, Rolls-Royce Invest In U.K. Hypersonic Engine Company

Boeing [BA] on April 11 said its venture arm has made an investment in a small British company that is developing hypersonic propulsion technology for aircraft and rockets.The Boeing HorizonX Ventures investment in Reaction Engines is part of a $37.3 million funding round that includes Britain’s Rolls-Royce and BAE Systems. BAE in 2015 also made an investment in Reaction Engines valued…

Italy Live Fire Tests AARGM, U.S. Navy Says AARGM-ER Will Have Notable Range Improvement

The U.S. Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) revealed the week of April 1 the Italian Air Force conducted a successful test of the AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) and the in-development AARGM-ER is expected to have a “significant improvement in range.”The AARGM is a joint U.S. Navy- Italian Air Force international cooperative acquisition…

TRANSCOM Head Defends Plan To Buy Foreign-Made Cargo Ships

The leader of U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM) is defending the Trump administration’s fiscal year 2019 request to buy up to 24 foreign-built, used commercial ships for the military’s reserve fleet, saying they are the cheapest, fastest option to replace aging cargo vessels.Asked by members of the Senate Armed Services Committee why the ships would not…