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May 10, 2013

Headlines May 10, 2013

Business

Boeing aims to keep building F/A-18 jets through 2020

Boeing could keep building its Super Hornet fighter jet and a modified electronic attack version through 2020, the company said, given prospects for over 200 foreign sales and what it sees as up to 150 more sales to the U.S. Navy.

Bombardier says CSeries on track; revenue jumps

Bombardier Inc. said its CSeries jetliner was on track to make its first lfight in June, and the world’s No. 4 commercial aircraft maker reported a 25 percent jump in first-quarter revenue on robust growth at its aerospace unit.

Blackstone hires former Boeing executive to boost aerospace team

Blackstone Group LP hired former senior Boeing executive Jim Albaugh to boost the firm’s private equity activities in the aerospace and defense sector.

BAE says EADS deal was ‘window of opportunity’ that’ s now closed

BAE Systems Chairman Dick Olver said the attempted merger with European Aeronautics, Defence and Space Co. last year came at a moment that wont’ return anytime soon, as the company resumes its focus on bolt-on purchases.

Companies say decades-old national-security policies hurt sales

Rob Smith’s Pennsylvania company, Acutec Precision Machining Inc., makes inch-long fasteners that are used in the wings of airplanes. In 2006 he tried selling them abroad for the first time.

 

Defense

Navy $37 billion ships seen unsuitable have two-year window

The U.S. Navy has two years to convince critics, from lawmakers to some in its own ranks, that its troubled $37 billion Littoral Combat Ship program is worth continuing beyond the 24 vessels already under contract.

 

Veterans

Prince Harry pays respects at Arlington National Cemetery

After a whirlwind first day in the nation’s capital that included a visit to Capitol Hill, The White House and the British Ambassador’s residence, Prince Harry was up bright and early and in uniform for a somber visit to Arlington National Cemetery.

Harry’s tribute to America’s fallen

Prince Harry has paid his respects to the country’s fallen soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery – a somber visit that comes in stark contrast to the hysteria on his arrival in the United States May 9.

 

Space

Leak in space station’s radiator may require emergency spacewalk, NASA says

An emergency spacewalk may be in the cards for the six residents of the International Space Station, a NASA spokesman told FoxNews.com, to resolve a radiator leaking small white flakes of ammonia into the cold reach of space.

Most powerful star explosion ever seen

Two NASA space telescopes have captured what appears to be the most powerful star explosion ever detected, a cosmic event so luminous that scientists dubbed it “eye-wateringly bright” despite being 3.6 billion light-years from Earth.

 

International

United Kingdom: Soldiers’ jobs spared by redundancy volunteers

Thousands of soldiers are waiting to hear if they have lost their jobs as part of cuts to bring the regular Army down to 82,000 troops by 2020. Military chiefs announced in January that they would make 5,300 job cuts over the next year in the biggest tranche of job losses to hit the Army since the 1990s.

United Kingdom: Aircraft carrier ‘omnishambles’ wastes £100 million

The National Audit Office said that the decision to delay spending on a new radar system named Crowsnest will mean that any new aircraft carrier will not be fully operational until 2022, two years later than promised.

Australia reaches helicopter fix with Eurocopter

Australia’s military has reached agreement with Eurocopter’s local subsidiary to fix problems with its MRH-90 transport helicopter that could see the troubled aircraft cleared later this year, the government said May 9.

 

Viewpoint

The sequester is here to stay — now the military needs to get to work

by Mackenzie Eaglen, Fox News

The sequester has been law for almost two years. But the Pentagon’s delayed planning for implementing it has now made it easier for Congress to keep massive defense cuts on the books.




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Headlines October 20, 2014

News: Navy grounds ‘Top Guns’ - The F/A-18s needs spare parts and in too many cases they’re being taken from brand new jets. This is a risk to national security and pilots’ lives.   Business: Boeing seeks revised schedule for U.S. aerial tanker - Boeing is revising its master schedule for developing the new U.S. Air Force...
 
 

News Briefs October 20, 2014

New military medical team to help with Ebola in U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the military to prepare and train a 30-member medical support team that could provide short-term help to civilian health professionals if there are more Ebola cases in the United States. His spokesman, Rear Adm. John Kirby, says the team...
 
 

Dragon ‘fires up’ for flight

The Air Force and NATO are undergoing a cooperative development effort to upgrade the avionics and cockpit displays of AWACS aircraft belonging to the 552nd Air Control Wing at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., and the NATO E-3 Sentrys from Geilenkirchen, Germany. The Diminishing Manufacturing Sources Replacement of Avionics for Global Operations and Navigation, otherwise...
 

 
Boeing photographs

Boeing-built X-37B successfully completes third flight

Unmanned spacecraft concludes record-setting 674-day mission   Boeing photograph A third mission of the Boeing-built X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle was completed on Oct. 17, 2014, when it landed and was recovered at Vandenberg...
 
 

Boeing concludes commercial crew space act agreement for CST-100/Atlas V

Boeing has successfully completed the final milestone of its Commercial Crew Integrated Capability Space Act Agreement with NASA. The work and testing completed under the agreement resulted in significant maturation of Boeing’s crew transportation system, including the CST-100 spacecraft and Atlas V rocket. NASA in July approved the Critical Design Review Board milestone for Boeing’...
 
 

AF to release small business research solicitations

The Air Force Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer program office is set to release its fiscal year 2015 list of topics Oct. 22, on the SBIR/STTR website.  Small businesses and research institutions with expertise to address the topics’ technology challenges are encouraged to submit proposals. During 2014, the Defense Department SBIR...
 




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