Missile Shield at $10 Billion Sets Up Boeing-Lockheed Showdown

Aug. 23 (Bloomberg) — Boeing Co. will compete for the first time to keep its U.S. missile defense work as Lockheed Martin Corp. seeks to wrest away an order for as much as $10 billion.

The Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency is preparing to take bids on a contract that Boeing has held since 1998 to design, build and operate the arsenal of satellites, radar and high- speed interceptors intended to shoot down enemy intercontinental ballistic missiles in space. The new order will be for management and maintenance.

The contest gives the companies a shot at a decade-long program as the Pentagon reins in spending increases. Riding on the outcome is Boeing’s future as a so-called systems integrator directing projects through suppliers, said Philip Finnegan, an analyst at consultant Teal Group in Fairfax, Virginia.


By Gopal Ratnam

Aug. 23 (Bloomberg) — Boeing Co. will compete for the first time to keep its U.S. missile defense work as Lockheed Martin Corp. seeks to wrest away an order for as much as $10 billion.

The Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency is preparing to take bids on a contract that Boeing has held since 1998 to design, build and operate the arsenal of satellites, radar and high- speed interceptors intended to shoot down enemy intercontinental ballistic missiles in space. The new order will be for management and maintenance.

The contest gives the companies a shot at a decade-long program as the Pentagon reins in spending increases. Riding on the outcome is Boeing’s future as a so-called systems integrator directing projects through suppliers, said Philip Finnegan, an analyst at consultant Teal Group in Fairfax, Virginia. Leer más “Missile Shield at $10 Billion Sets Up Boeing-Lockheed Showdown”

Aircraft sets hypersonic record at six times the speed of sound

“We equate this leap in engine technology as equivalent to the post-World War II jump from propeller-driven aircraft to jet engines,” he said.

The Waverider was built for the Air Force by Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne and Boeing Co.

Joe Vogel, Boeing’s director of hypersonics, said, “This is a new world record and sets the foundation for several hypersonic applications, including access to space, reconnaissance, strike, global reach and commercial transportation.”


An aircraft has set a record for hypersonic flight by flying more than three minutes at Mach 6 – six times the speed of sound.

Aircraft sets hypersonic record at six times the speed of sound
The Waverider was built for the Air Force by Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne and Boeing Co Photo: US Air Force
Aircraft sets hypersonic record at six times the speed of sound

The X-51A Waverider

The X-51A Waverider was released from a B-52 Stratofortress off the southern California coast and its scramjet engine accelerated the aircraft to Mach 6, and it flew autonomously for 200 seconds before losing acceleration. At that point the test was terminated.

The Air Force said the previous record for a hypersonic flight was 12 seconds. Leer más “Aircraft sets hypersonic record at six times the speed of sound”