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August 23, 2013

Headlines August 21, 2013

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Pentagon weights firing thousands under 2014 spending cuts

The Defense Department may have to fire at least 6,272 civilian employees if automatic cuts known as sequestration slice $52 billion from its fiscal 2014 budget, according to a Pentagon planning document.

 

Business

Lockheed eyes 40 percent savings on next F-35 logistics contract

Lockheed Martin said it is close to an agreement with the Pentagon for a more portable and 40 percent cheaper version of the operations and logistics system that controls the F-35 fighter, the Pentagon’s most expensive weapons program.

Mitsubishi Jet gets U.S. buyers’ backing after delay

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ new regional jet, Japan’s first such aircraft, won fresh support from U.S. commuter carriers SkyWest and Trans States Holdings even as its debut was delayed by more than a year.

Better Capital mulls more aerospace deals after Gardner overhaul

Private equity firm Better Capital, owner of Reader’s Digest and fashion retail store Jaeger, would consider more deals in aerospace after sales at its aircraft components business more than doubled.

Finmeccanica up on report Doosan closer to unit stake bid

Shares in Italian defense group Finmeccanica rose 7 percent Aug. 22 on a report that South Korea’s Doosan heavy Industries and Construction was planning to raise money to buy a majority stake in energy unit Ansaldo Energia.

 

Defense

Eerie UFO-like footage shows the U.S. Marines’ latest high-tech jet carrying out its first sea test of vertical landing at night

With a globe of light illuminating each wingtip, and a fierce tongue of fire spouting from beneath, this hovering aircraft has been compared to an extraterrestrial visitor. It is the latest test of the high-tech warplane that the U.S. and its allies are funding to maintain the West’s aerial dominance far into the 21st century.

 

Space

Gaia: The ‘impossible space mission’ ready to fly

“It blows your brain. I remember when we went and asked for this stuff we just fell about laughing. We said: ‘Well, let’s try; let’s see what happens. These engineers are smart’. And, boy, they’re smart – they did it!” Cambridge University’s Gerry Gilmore says astronomers thought they were requesting the impossible when the spec was put forward in the early 1990s for a space mission to make a far-reaching census of the Milky Way.

 

International

United Kingdom: New defense chief warns cuts leave Forces ‘cynical and detached’

General Sir Nick Houghton, the Chief of the Defence Staff, said that the Government’s plans to shrink and transform the Armed Forces have left some military personnel feeling unhappy and alienated. Gen Houghton also warned that defense cuts will mean that Britain must lower its “expectation” of the military power the Armed Forces will be able to deploy in future conflicts.

United Kingdom: Red Arrows display pressure investigated in pilot death

An inquest into the death of Flt Lt Sean Cunningham will investigate what effect the intensive display schedule had on aircraft maintenance and what demands it put on pilots. A pre-inquest review heard the number of hours the Red Arrows are required to fly has been reduced by more than 10 per cent.

 




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Headlines August 28, 2014

News: After F-15 jet crash in Virginia, rescue helicopters search for pilot - Helicopters are searching for an Air National Guard pilot after his F-15 jet crashed in the mountains of Virginia this morning, military officials said.   Business: U.S. Air Force 3DELRR contract expected soon - The U.S. Air Force could award the contract for its...
 
 

News Briefs August 28, 2014

Russian directing new offensive in Ukraine The Obama administration believes Russia is leading a new military counteroffensive in Ukraine. U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki says Russia has sent additional columns of tanks and armored vehicles into its neighbor’s territory. She says the incursions suggest a ìRussian-directed counteroffensive is likely underway in the contested e...
 
 

F-15C crashes in mountains of Virginia

An Air Force jet based in Massachusetts crashed in the mountains of western Virginia Aug. 27, shaking the ground and frightening residents, and officials said the pilot’s status was unknown. No injuries were reported on the ground, but authorities were still trying to reach the crash site ó located through its heavy smoke coming from...
 

 

Headlines August 25, 2014

News: U.S. sends second carrier to Asia amid tensions with China - The Navy is sending a second aircraft carrier strike group to the Asia Pacific region amid new tensions with China over a dangerous aerial encounter between a Chinese interceptor and a Navy P-8 surveillance aircraft. SpaceX rocket explodes during test flight - A SpaceX rocket...
 
 

News Briefs August 25, 2014

China says U.S. plane intercept was professional China’s Defense Ministry has rejected U.S. accusations that a Chinese fighter jet conducted a dangerous intercept of a U.S. Navy surveillance aircraft off the coast of China in international airspace. The ministry issued a statement Aug. 23 attributed to spokesman Yang Yujun calling the U.S. accusations groundless. It...
 
 

Headlines August 22, 2014

News: GAO: Pentagon violated law with Bergdahl swap - Congressional investigators say the Pentagon violated the law when it swapped five Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held prisoner in Afghanistan for five years.   Business: U.S. Air Force issues RFI for new rocket engine - The US Air Force is officially looking into...
 




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