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February 19, 2016
 

Headlines – February 19, 2016

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Study: Military falls short in treating new cases of war-related stress –
The U.S. military is struggling to provide adequate therapy sessions for thousands of active-duty troops suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, a massive study released Thursday concludes.
 
 

Business

France expects six A400Ms fitted to tactical standard by year’s end –
France expects to have six of the Airbus A400M airlifters equipped with self-defense and airdrop capabilities in the “tactical” standard by the end of the year, defense procurement chief Laurent Collet-Billon said.
 
Lockheed Martin offers to build F-16 jets in India –
Lockheed Martin has offered to build its F-16 fighter jet in India, as the South Asian nation scrambles to modernize its aging defense fleet while trying to establish the country as a manufacturing base.
 
Finmeccanica to provide communications for Australian PC-21 trainers –
Pilatus Aircraft has given a contract to Finmeccanica to supply airborne communication systems for 49 Australian Defense Force PC-21 trainer aircraft.
 
Sweden pitches sale of Saab’s Gripen-NG fighter jet to India –
Sweden is pursuing an ambitious “government-to-government” multibillion dollar project to sell Saab’s Gripen-NG fighter to India.
http://www.defensenews.com/story/defense/international/europe/2016/02/18/sweden-pitches-sale-saabs-gripen-ng-fighter-jet-india/80566588/
 
AAMSI selected as Lockheed Martin P-3 Orion support provider –
Associated Aircraft Manufacturing and Sales has been selected by Lockheed Martin to serve as the authorized P-3 Orion support provider.
 
BAE Systems assembling final Typhoon for Oman –
BAE Systems began its final assembly for the first Eurofighter Typhoon to be delivered to the Royal Air Force of Oman.
 
Air Force awards chemical detection contract –
Spectrum Photonics has been awarded a $16.9 million contract to develop a chemical residue detection system.
 
Military radar market to reach $13 billion –
The global military radar market is forecast to reach $13 billion by 2020, according to a forecast by research firm MarketsandMarkets. This reflects a compound annual growth rate of 3.42 percent from a 2015 market of $11 billion.
 
Spain plans Predator drone purchase –
Spain’s Defense Ministry has decided to acquire Predator B remotely piloted aircraft, designated MQ-9 Reaper in the United States, from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc.
 
Boeing engineering workers soundly approve new SPEEA contract –
The six-year pact covers about 21,000 professional and technical employees, and guarantees an average 5 percent annual compensation increase for five years.
 
Why Northrop Grumman and the rating agencies don’t see eye to eye on debt –
Northrop Grumman isn’t shy about the fact that over the last couple years it’s used debt to buy back shares. This is even as the Falls Church, Va.,-based company draws skepticism from the major credit ratings agencies for doing so.
 
General Dynamics to support U.S., U.K. submarine weapon systems –
The U.S. Navy has given General Dynamics a $74 million contract modification for new U.S. and U.K. fire and attack weapon control system procurements.
 
 

Defense

GAO: MDA’s homeland missile defense improvement strategy risky –
The Missile Defense Agency’s efforts to improve its homeland missile defense system are using risky acquisition practices, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released Feb. 17.
 
U.S. Army testing technology to 3D print mission-specific drones on demand –
For troops out in the field, an ability to quickly call on different drones with different capabilities could prove invaluable in securing a mission’s success, but logistically speaking this isn’t very practical – yet. An upcoming experiment to be carried out by the US Army will see researchers test technologies that would allow platoons to 3D print drones tailored specifically to their real-time objectives.
 
U.S. Navy in talks to use Iceland’s Keflavik Air Base again –
The government of Iceland is engaged in a dialogue with the United States over the proposed future deployment of Navy P-8 Poseidon submarine “hunter” aircraft from a renovated Keflavik Air Base.
 
Navy ships, subs to carry new 1,000-mile antiship missile –
In the next decade, U.S. ships and submarines capable of firing Tomahawk cruise missiles will likely be fitted with a variant specifically designed to hit enemy ships up to 1,000 miles away, according to a report published in the U.S. Naval Institute News.
 
U.S. Air Force promises more details on Long Range Strike-Bomber –
On the heels of a government watchdog’s decision to letNorthrop Grumman move forward with development of the U.S. Air Force’s Long Range Strike-Bomber, the service plans to release additional details about the secretive program in March.
 
U.S. Air Force looks ahead to ‘family’ of next air dominance weapons –
The U.S. Air Force is nearing completion of a study about U.S. air dominance in 2030 that will lay the groundwork for future purchases of a “family” of new combat weapons that could include a fighter jet, a top general Feb. 18.




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