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June 17, 2013

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Airbus off to a flyer in air show dog-fight with Boeing

Airbus has landed $23.5 billionof potential orders, at list prices, in the opening skirmishes at the Paris Air Show, giving the European plane maker an early lead in its annual dogfight with U.S. rival Boeing.

Pratt & Whitney says it will pay for F-35B’s grounding

United Technologies Corp.’s Pratt & Whitney unit and its subcontractors will pay the entire cost of grounding the Pentagon’s F-35B fighters in January because of a propulsion-system flaw, the unit’s top official said.

Senate committee approves $625 billion defense measure

The U.S. Armed Services Committee approved a $625 billion defense authorization measure for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, matching the amount requested by President Barack Obama’s administration.

UnitedHealth’s Pentagon failure seen risking future U.S. awards

Air Force veteran Michelle Linn worries that her two boys will lose access to an autism treatment center because UnitedHealth has been slow to pay the provider.

 

Business

Paris Air Show: Tale of confidence and concerns

The biggest aerospace event of the year takes off in Paris this week with the two sectors that make up the industry in different moods.

Lockheed Martin says F-35 production gain to reduce costs

Lockkheed Martin has said it has sufficient time to more than double production of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter when needed, with higher building rates allowing cost reductions of about 30 percent.

Raytheon Patriot missile finding new buyers

Raytheon said its Patriot technology is enjoying renewed demand that may help the world’s largest missile maker double its customer base for the air defense system.

Boeing seeks KC-46A tanker exports as talks with buyers progress

Boeing is in talks with several potential buyers for its KC-46A aerial refueling tanker as it aims to make the aircraft available for export one year ahead of its 2018 target.

Fokker Technologies studies IPO as aircraft demand lifts profit

Fokker Technologies Holdings BV, the Dutch aerospace company supplying parts to the Airbus SAS A350 long-range jet, is exploring an initial public offering or sale to another investor as higher demand boosts profitability.

Boeing defends 777X aluminum hull as plastic A350 flies

Boeing defended the use of traditional aluminum for the fuselage of its upgraded 777 twin-aisle jet as Airbus SAS’s A-350, a competing model made chiefly of composite plastic, takes the spotlight at the Paris Air Show.

 

Defense

F-16 aircraft to stay in Jordan after annual military exercise

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel approved a request from Jordan for a detachment of F-16 aircraft and Patriot missiles to remain in Jordan next week after the end of an annual military exercise called Eager Lion, according to a statement from Pentagon spokesperson George Little.

House wants to force Pentagon to award Purple Hearts

The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that would award Purple Heart medals to victims of the shootings at Fort Hood, Texas, a move the Pentagon says could disrupt the alleged shooter’s trial.

 

Space

Herschel telescope switched off

The billion-euro Herschel space telescope has been switched off. June 17, controllers emptied the satellite’s fuel tanks and commanded the observatory to sever all communications.

 

Technology

The real-life Thunderbirds that never took off

A graveyard of previously unseen Thunderbird-style inventions, designed by British engineers in the 1960s, has been brought to life as sketches and animations by a U.K. defense firm. The forgotten designs were unearthed in BAE Systems’ archives and include a hypersonic space-plane capable of travelling at five times the speed of sound, a jeep that leaps over enemy blockades and a commercial aircraft able to take off and land vertically from city centers.

 

International

Afghans learning how to fight without NATO airpower

With most NATO troops expected to leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014, the Afghans are learning how to fight the Taliban without relying on the biggest advantage NATO brings to the table: close-air support.




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President proclaims Memorial Day as ‘Day of Prayer’

President Barack Obama May 22 saluted the service and sacrifices of America’s military members–past and present–and proclaimed Memorial Day, May 25, 2015, “as a day of prayer for permanent peace, and I designate the hour beginning in each locality at 11 a.m. of that day as a time during which people may unite in prayer....
 
 

Air Force leaders’ Memorial Day message

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III send the following Memorial Day message to the Airmen of the Air Force and their families: To the Airmen of the United States Air Force and their Families: On Memorial Day, Americans pause in solemn remembrance...
 
 

Headlines May 22, 2015

News: Second Marine killed in Hawaii Osprey crash identified - Marine Corps officials have identified the second Marine to die as a result of the May 17 MV-22B Osprey crash as Lance Cpl. Matthew J. Determan of Maricopa, Ariz.   Business: Israel defense exports plunge to seven-year low - Israeli defense sales last year plunged to their...
 

 

News Briefs May 22, 2015

Ukrainian officer hit with third charge in Russia A third charge has been filed against a Ukrainian military officer who has been behind bars in Moscow for nearly a year over the deaths of two Russian journalists in Ukraine. Nadezhda Savchenko, who worked as a spotter for Ukrainian troops fighting separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine,...
 
 
Army photograph by C. Todd Lopez

Smart-mortar will help Soldiers more effectively hit targets

Army photograph by C. Todd Lopez Nick Baldwin and Evan Young, researchers with the Armament Research Development and Engineering Center at Picatinny Arsenal, Pennsylvania, discuss the 120mm Guided Enhanced Fragmentation Mortar ...
 
 

Air Force assigns new chief scientist

The Air Force announced the service’s new chief scientist to serve as a science and technology adviser to the secretary of the Air Force and the chief of staff of the Air Force, May 21. Dr. Greg Zacharias will be the 35th chief scientist and is ready to “dive in” to his new role. “I...
 




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