When Kathy Warden steps up as CEO of Northrop Grumman in 2019, four of the major US defense firms will have women as CEOs. Warden will join the ranks of Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson, General Dynamics CEO Phebe Novakovic and Boeing Defense, Space and Security CEO Leanne Caret.
The Aerospace Industries Association says air shows are an important mechanism for aerospace and defense. "Air shows provide the opportunity to engage and showcase for key customers what America has to offer, [giving] us a venue to bolster and create new supply chain relationships," Remy Nathan, international affairs vice president at AIA, said.
GE Aviation will provide the first public look at its "integrated, open" flight deck with an avionics demonstrator at the Farnborough Airshow. The company announced its open flight deck project last year.
Raytheon is seeking additional customers for its StormBreaker bomb at the Farnborough Airshow while it awaits US decisions on F-35 weapons upgrades integration. Last year, the company received approval to sell the StormBreaker to Australia for F-35s.
The European market will get its first look at the Northrop Grumman MQ−8C Fire Scout helicopter drone at the Royal International Air Tattoo. "This is going to be the first time that the larger Fire Scout is going to be seen by some of our partner nations that will be attending RIAT," said Northrop's Jack Thomas.
The Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engine is closing in on certification and will be seen at the Farnborough Airshow powering the Airbus A330-900neo.
Boeing has announced a 14-plane order from DHL to kick off the Farnborough Airshow. The 777 freighter aircraft are valued at $4.7 billion.
NASA and the European Space Agency are expected to share details regarding international cooperation on a mission to return to the moon at the Farnborough Airshow. ESA has selected Lockheed Martin to develop a spaceport in Scotland.
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