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April 18, 2014

Headlines April 18, 2014

Business:

Lockheed to Lose 17 F-35s Under Automatic Pentagon Cuts -

Pentagon will cut 17 of the 343 F-35 fighters it planned to buy from Lockheed Martin in fiscal 2016 through 2019 unless Congress repeals automatic budget cuts, according to a new Defense Department report.

DOD looking for ways not to break MH-60R helo deal -

The Pentagon will “look at options” so it does not break a multiyear helicopter contract with Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin that includes about 90 aircraft, a senior US Defense Department official said. 

IAI on course for JSF wing deliveries -

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is on course to begin delivery of a contracted 811 production-standard wing-sets for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) in mid-2015, IHS Jane’s was told in early April. 

BAE shifts cyber software development to Malaysia -

BAE Systems Applied Intelligence business is moving the center of its cyber software development activities to Malaysia as part of a strategy that will see the Southeast Asian location emerge as a key component of it growing security business, according to Richard Watson, the division’s Asia Pacific region managing director.

 

Defense:

U.S. Army explores sea-basing helos -

The U.S. Army is considering certifying some of its attack helicopters to operate from ships — a mission historically conducted by the Marine Corps — as the service looks to broaden the role it would play in an Asia-Pacific battle.

 

International:

Saab offers info on Gripen lease to Malaysia -

Saab has confirmed it has submitted proposals to the Malaysian government for the lease of Gripen fighters but said it wasn’t responding to a formal request for information.

 

Viewpoint:

Defense civilian layoffs won’t be pleasant, but they are necessary -

1President Obama’s fiscal year 2015 budget would reduce the U.S. Army end strength to pre-World War II levels and would come on top of a reduced Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps.  Our uniformed personnel continue to absorb cuts while the secretary of Defense ignores a significant portion of his budget that has continued to grow without restraint – the Defense Department’s civilian workforce.




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Headlines February 25, 2015

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Sensor Concepts Inc. photograph

Air Force Research Labís handheld imaging tool expands aircraft inspection capability

Sensor Concepts Inc. photograph An operator demonstrates the portability of the handheld imaging tool. The technology provides maintainers the ability to evaluate aircraft in the field to ensure mission-readiness. When pilots c...
 

 

Boeing, Royal Australian Air Force test extended range weapon

The Boeing Joint Direct Attack Munition Extended Range demonstrated significant range increase while maintaining its expected accuracy during flight testing conducted by Boeing and the Royal Australian Air Force. The testing centered on a new wing kit that, when used in conjunction with the weaponís guidance kit, increases the bomb’s range from approximately 15 miles...
 
 

DRS Technologies to provide comm systems for Royal New Zealand Navy frigates

DRS Technologies Inc., a Finmeccanica Company, announced Feb. 25 that its Canadian subsidiary will be providing tactical integrated communications systems to the New Zealand Ministry of Defense for the Royal New Zealand Navy’s ANZAC-class frigates. This subcontract was awarded to DRS Technologies Canada Ltd. in support of a communications modernization contract from Lockheed Martin Canada...
 
 

Northrop Grumman LITENING achieves two million operating hour milestone

In the life cycle of every military system, some milestones stand out as signature achievements. One million operating hours is one of them – and Northrop Grumman’s fielded AN/AAQ-28(V) LITENING pods have hit that number for the second time. “This is a significant milestone for the LITENING program and our team is proud to be...
 




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