Boeing Phantom Works, the firm’s advanced technology division, disclosed that it is starting a new flat satellite antenna. Reportedly, this antenna is supposed to take the high-speed broadband to military aircraft. The production of the latest low-profile multi-channel terminal and electronically steered antenna is supposed to be started in the upcoming year. The proposed launch customer of this antenna is supposed to be the MQ-25, which is the Navy’s potential uncrewed mid-air refueling tanker. Boeing will initiate the development of this tanker through an agreement that is valued at about $805 Million.
The preliminary market for the latest terminal and antenna is supposed to be militarized Boeing aircraft’s operators. These operators include the KC-46 aerial refueling tanker from the Air Force and the P-8 surveillance aircraft from Navy, according to Thomas Gathmann, Director, Mission Integration, Mission Solutions. In the airborne command centers, including the Air Force One, the majority of military jets hold restricted connectivity.
On a similar note, Saab, a Swedish aircraft manufacturer, came into the news as it disclosed that it will create a T–X production plant in West Lafayette, Indiana. According to the company announcement, in this plant, the firm, along with Boeing, will produce a part of the Air Force trainer aircraft it is working on.
The firm plans the investment of about $37 Million at the latest location. This factory is supposed to create “major structural sections” and carry out final assemblage of Saab’s piece of the jet, as per a Saab news release. Those elements are then supposed to be forwarded to Boeing’s St. Louis, Missouri plant. Here, they will be mated with the rest of the trainer. Construction on the novel facility is supposed to start in 2020. During the initial years of the site’s operation, Saab plans to appoint a minimum of 300 full-time employees from the region.