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May 2, 2014

Headlines May 2, 2014

Business:

Airbus: U.S. Army’s extra Lakota helicopter buy boosts foreign sale potential –

The U.S. Army’s decision to purchase 100 additional Airbus UH-72 Lakota helicopters for pilot training increases the potential for international sales of the aircraft, according to company officials.

Levin asks Pentagon whether F-35 engine needs competition –

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin has asked Pentagon weapons buyer Frank Kendall to review whether United Technologies’ Pratt & Whitney F-35 engines would be rising in cost if second engine competitor existed.

Judge halts U.S. purchase of Russian engines –

A U.S. Judge has issued an injunction against the purchase of Russian-made engines for the United Launch Alliance (ULA), citing American sanctions against the head of Russia’s space program. 

Confusion surrounds Navy’s carrier-based drone –

It’s clear that the Navy intends to buy a carrier-based unmanned aircraft able to conduct reconnaissance and, if needed, strike a target. But after years of deliberation among service officials, industry remains confused on the requirements for the system’s stealth and payload capabilities, company executives and experts said. 

Turkey extends deadline for disputed air defense bidding –

U.S. and European bidders racing to snatch a controversial Turkish contract from their Chinese rival now have until June 30 to submit their renewed proposals, following two three-month extensions instituted by Turkey. 

L-band SAR satellite may help JAXA’s new military job –

Spacecraft developed by the civilian Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will gain an expanded defense role under revisions in Japan’s basic space law enacted last year. The ALOS-2 Earth-observation radarsat set for launch next month could be an early example, particularly if Japan’s naval forces can use its data to keep track of ship movements in the region.

 

Defense:

Rep. Smith: ‘Accept’ most proposed cuts; Extra $26 billion for DOD is unlikely –

A key US House Democrat May 1 urged his colleagues to embrace some of the Obama administration’s proposed weapon program cuts, arguing the savings will allow the military to buy new platforms and remain ready for war.

Lawmaker says sequester could force Navy to drop to eight carriers –

The Navy will have a huge fight on its hands to keep the current fleet of carriers at 11, U.S. Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., the ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, said May 1 in discussion hosted by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.

House Dem urges military base closures –

The top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee said he expects a defense bill amendment to close excess military bases will get “crushed” by his colleagues, but he intends to propose it anyway.

 

Veterans:

Coming soon: Brain implant to restore memory –

In the next few months, highly secretive U.S. military researchers say they will unveil new advances toward developing a brain implant that could one day restore a wounded soldier’s memory.

 

Space:

Rockets to lift off from United Kingdom –

Rockets could take off from a spaceport in Britain within five years after ministers launched a search for a suitable site. The UK Space Agency has been tasked with opening a site by 2018, with the first flights having lift-off within a year. 

Could deep space cause brain damage? –

Going to space can mess with your head. Not only do you suffer the psychological effects of isolation, but new research suggests radiation exposure can significantly damage the brain.

How man will land on Mars –

Last week NASA announced to the world the steps they would be taking in order to land humans on the red planet. And now, in a video, they’ve revealed the missions, technologies and developments that will make a manned mission to Mars possible.

NASA reveals ‘Tron spacesuit’ heading to orbit –

NASA has revealed the design chosen for its next generation spacesuits by a public vote – and a sci-fi inspired ‘Tron’ design has won. This design now will be incorporated into the final version of the suit, which is expected to be ready for testing by November 2014.

 

International:

Obama administration nixes Kremlin effort to curb U.S. missile defense –

The Obama administration has rejected Russia’s proposal for an agreement imposing legally binding limits on U.S. missile defense, the Washington Free Beacon reported May 1. 

EU firms help power China’s military rise –

As China boosts its military spending, rattling neighbors over territorial disputes at sea, an AFP investigation shows that European countries have approved billions in transfers of weapons and military-ready technology to the Asian giant. 

Philippines says U.S. obligated to help in case of attack –

The United States has a treaty obligation to help the Philippines in case of an attack on its territory or armed forces in the South China Sea, the Philippine foreign minister said April 30, rejecting questioning of a security pact.




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