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April 9, 2014

Headlines April 9, 2014

News:

Marine shoots, kills fellow Marine gate guard at Camp Lejeune -

The shooting death of a Camp Lejeune gate guard by a fellow Marine April 8 evening was likely the result of a negligent discharge, according to an official at Headquarters Marine Corps, though the incident remains under investigation.

 

Business:

DOD withholds $25.7 million payment to Pratt & Whitney for F135 -

As F-35 program officials prepared to testify to the Senate Armed Services Committee, they announced they were keeping back some $25.7 million, or 5 percent, of payments for the F135 engine used in the Joint Strike Fighter. 

Pentagon sees deal with Lockheed, Pratt on next F-35 lot by end May -

The U.S. Air Force general who runs the F-35 fighter jet program for the Pentagon said he expected to reach agreements with both Lockheed Martin Corp and engine-maker Pratt & Whitney by the end of May for the next order of fighter planes. 

Pratt claims competitive privilege in concealing F135 prices -

Despite a vow of transparency from the outspoken program manager of the turbulent, nearly $400 billion F-35 fighter program, even the U.S. government is having trouble compelling its sole-source engine manufacturer to release pricing data. 

Indecision on GW carrier refueling will delay overhaul, says shipbuilder -

About one-third of the Newport News Shipbuilding yard’s business comes from serving, refueling and deactivating the nation’s nuclear powered aircraft carriers. 

Raytheon moving out on air missile defense radar -

With a temporary work stoppage lifted, Raytheon is working to develop its air missile defense radar for the U.S. Navy’s future Aegis destroyers.

Finmeccanica proposes 76mm Gun for LCS -

Finmeccanica is proposing that the OTO Melara 76mm gun be configured onto the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship as part of an effort to improve the lethality and survivability of the shallow-water , multi-mission vessel.

U.S. Marine Corps hopeful on V-22 FMS deals -

The U.S. Marine Corps is still looking to secure its first international customer for the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft but believes the market exists in 10-12 countries.

Sense-and-avoid still causing Triton turbulence -

The U.S. Navy continues to assess its options to replace a sense-and-avoid radar that was to be used on the Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft, but failed to meet expectations. 

IAI mulls pooled tanker solution -

Israel Aerospace Industries is looking at options for offering nations a pooled aerial refueling capability based on the Boeing 767-300 Multi-Mission Tanker Transport tanker conversion work of its Bedek division, IHS Jane’s was told April 3.

Pratt must push harder to cut F-35 engine cost -Pentagon -

Pratt & Whitney, the engine-making unit of United Technologies Corp., must redouble efforts to lower the cost of the single F135 engine it builds for the Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jet, a top U.S. military official said April 7. 

Lockheed Martin predicts international sales of Littoral Combat Ship -

The first international sale of Lockheed Martin’s Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship could occur in less than a year, the company’s program manager said.

AgustaWestland pitches AW119 for U.S. Navy helicopter trainer -

Helicopter maker AgustaWestland is touting the capabilities of its American-built AW119Kx as a candidate to replace the US Navy’s current fleet of training choppers. 

Boeing ‘protecting’ St. Louis fighter jet line: executive -

Boeing is self-funding procurement of some materials needed to keep producing EA-18G electronic attack planes for several months until the U.S. Congress signals whether it will fund 22 more jets in fiscal 2015, a company vice president said April 7. 

U.K. team to train on Triton as government ponders purchase -

Britain’s Ministry of Defence is dispatching a team to train on Northrop Grumman’s MQ-4C Triton UAV in the run-up to a possible decision next year on whether to re-establish a maritime patrol capability.

New sensor package turns any helicopter into delivery robot -

Navy engineers have developed a sensor package that can turn any helicopter with a digital flight control system into an autonomous cargo delivery robot.

Nexter awarded French VBCI support contract -

April 4, Nexter Systems was awarded a support-in-service contract for the French Army’s 8×8 Véhicule Blindé de Combat d’Infanterie infantry fighting vehicle for the next 10 years. 

Turkey accepts first A400M -

Turkey has finally accepted its first A400M tactical transport aircraft from the Airbus consortium, ending a monthslong controversy over whether the aircraft met technical specifications. 

Ukraine National Guard to receive BTR-4s -

The Ukraine National Guard will soon receive 74 new armored personnel carriers, national defense industrial group Ukroboronprom announced April 2. 

Industry gives high grades to Italian Navy defense trade tour -

An unusual defense trade show held on the Italian aircraft carrier Cavour, which toured 20 countries in the Arabian Gulf and Africa over five months, has drawn glowing reviews from exhibitors who hope the Italian Navy will organize a follow-up trip aimed at Asian and South American destinations.

 

Defense:

Headlines both good, bad mark first year of Navy’s P-8 sub-hunting aircraft -

There has been plenty of good news for the Navy’s new submarine hunting aircraft, the P-8 Poseidon, company and service officials said April 8.

Lawmakers say U.S. Air Force plans to cut A-10 flights, training are illegal -

Two key senators say Air Force plans to stop A-10 flights and training in October are against the law. 

DOD to shrink nuclear-capable bombers, modify subs to meet new START obligations -

The Pentagon will shrink the number of its nuclear weapon-carrying bomber aircraft and reduce the number of submarine ballistic missile launch tubes as it modifies its force posture to meet the limits of the New START treaty with Russia, the US Defense Department announced April 8. 

U.S. Army Guard agrees to controversial Apache plan -

In a surprising move, the head of the US National Guard Bureau has given his blessing to the US Army’s plan to move all of the Guard’s Apache attack helicopters into the active force while receiving several hundred Black Hawk and Lakota multi-use helicopters in return.

 

Veterans:

VA: Treatment delays may have led to 23 cancer deaths -

Delays in cancer treatment consultations may have played a role in the deaths of 23 veterans and compromised the health of 53 others, according to an internal review released this week by the Veterans Affairs Department.  

Small study finds problem in Gulf War vets’ cell function -

A minuscule study of cell function in veterans of the 1990-91 Persian Gulf War could have widespread impact on future research into Gulf War illness.

 

Space:

EU launches flagship Sentinel satellite project to monitor Earth -

A Soyuz rocket has launched from French Guiana with the first satellite in the European Union’s new multi-billion-euro Earth-observation program. The Sentinel-1a spacecraft has been put in orbit on a mission to map the planet’s surface using radar. 

Mysterious white light on Mars -

Is a strange speck of light on Mars evidence of intelligent life on the Red Planet? That’s what some are asking after what appears to be a bright white beam of light shining from behind the Martian dunes showed up in images taken by NASA’s Curiosity rover.

 

Viewpoint:

A clear choice on defense -

The world is less safe when America doesn’t lead. But for President Obama, this lesson has yet to sink in. In February, he offered a budget that would cut crucial funding for our national security. So tomorrow, House Republicans will pass a budget that would give our troops the funding they need.

The Republicans’ cynical defense budget -

We must continue to support a strong military that is second to none. It is our obligation to provide our men and women in uniform with the training and equipment they need to successfully carry out the missions our country gives them.  




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Headlines July 28, 2014

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Army photograph by David Vergun

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Northrop Grumman awarded mission support services contract

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Lockheed Martin photograph by Beth Groom

F-35 Rollout Marks U.S.-Australia Partnership Milestone

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NASA/JPL-Caltech image

NASA’s Mars spacecraft maneuvers to prepare for close comet flyby

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