Reuters reports that titanium originating from China was found in some US aircraft and may also have been used in SM-3 missiles, in violation of the Berry Amendment. The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) raised years ago the issue [PDF] that documentation compliance down to the nuts and bolts level is impractical at best. The case for tightly controlling components subject to tampering is solid. Prohibiting the use of fungible commodity materials based on country of origin in a globalized economy makes much less sense.
Exelis and L-3 are expanding their export push as US demand for night vision goggles collapsed, but France’s Photonis, unimpeded by crippling ITAR regulations, got a head start.
The Benefits and Limitations of Additive Manufacturing
3D printing is making inroads in defense and aerospace projects as it is proving useful to manufacture small, complex items. Still, it’s not always the most cost-effective option, especially at high volumes.
The British MoD announced that a group led by Capita is the preferred bidder to become the private partner of the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), whose purpose is to manage the ministry’s real property. They are the country’s 3rd largest land owner. A 10-year contract worth about £400M ($664M) is at stake, with an imminent award after consultations with trade unions. Among changes under consideration: leasing facilities [PDF] at the Portsmouth Naval Base. The Financial Times has more.
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