The cooperative research and development agreement allows the organizations to share facilities, intellectual property and expertise to “elevate solutions for both the warfighter and industry,” the company said in a statement.
The Boulder, Colorado-based company produces a range of small space vehicles for customers at the U.S. Department of Defense and NASA, and its new 31,000 square foot plant is dedicated to building cubesats.
In a report released with its bill, the committee labeled space as one of its top priorities, noting that the proposed increase is focused on hypersonic missile tracking capabilities and would support the Space Force’s shift to a more resilient, distributed architecture.
The country has already begun efforts to integrate the network-enabled munition on its F-35 fleet, and the head of Norway’s F-35 project office said in a July 18 statement the weapon will play an important role in helping the country begin initial operations for its Joint Strike Fighter fleet.
Companies at the Farnborough Airshow this week are highlighting their investments in aviation sustainability, and executives say that while much of this work is driven by U.K. government requirements, it will have ripple effects across business areas.
With BAE headquartered in the United Kingdom and Leonardo in Italy, the companies say the arrangement strengthens the relationship between Britain and Italy, who are partnered for Future Combat Air System development.
The agreement, announced during the Farnborough Airshow, follows the completion of a series of joint concept and feasibility studies between the two companies earlier this year and signifies approval from their respective national defence ministries to move forward with the program.
The Defence Ministry said in a press release it has already begun development of the combat demonstrator — a manned, supersonic aircraft that will test stealth-combatable features as well as other new technologies.