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June 4, 2014

Headlines June 2, 2014

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Pentagon seeks $211 million repayment from Pratt for accounting issue -

The Pentagon is seeking $211 million from engine maker Pratt and Whitney for cost accounting problems on contracts dating back to 2005, according to a report released June 3.  

Northrop wins $9.9 billion contract for B-2 bomber sustainment -

Northrop Grumman has won a five-year contract valued at up to $9.9 billion from the U.S. Air Force to modernize and support the B-2 stealth bomber, the Pentagon announced June 4.  

BAE adds suppliers to Type 26 team -

Six equipment suppliers have been added to BAE Systems’ Type 26 design team as Britain’s naval shipbuilder prepares to put the finishing touches to proposals due to be delivered to the Ministry of Defense this summer to build a new fleet of frigates for the Royal Navy.  

Navy altered destroyer upgrades due to budget pressure, demand for ships -

Budget pressure and an insatiable demand for ships capable of bulls eyeing ballistic missiles drove the Navy to alter its plan to upgrade Arleigh Burke guided missile destroyers (DDG-51), officials with the Navy surface warfare policy division (OPNAV N96) told USNI News during a May 29 briefing at the Pentagon.  

Cap on contractor exec salary expanded to all DOD, NASA contractor employees -

A cap on contractor executive salary reimbursement rates will be expanded to include almost all contractor employees under Defense Department and NASA contracts, according to a final rule published in the Federal Register May 30.  

Northrop Grumman wins COCOM contract -

Northrop Grumman has won a five-year, $98 million contract to upgrade the Global Adaptive Planning Collaborative Information Environment.  

Lockheed to deliver first of 36 F-16s to Iraq this week -

Lockheed Martin this week will deliver the first of 36 F-16 fighter jets to Iraq, marking what Baghdad’s envoy to the United States called a “new chapter” in his country’s ability to defend its vast borders with Iran and other neighbors.  

Avio Space could be sold this summer -

After being held up for months, the sale of Italian satellite launcher builder Avio Space could get underway in July and form a key element in a predicted consolidation of the European launcher market, officials have said.  

Indian Navy asks BJP to fund next phase of indigenous carrier build -

The Indian Navy is seeking INR160 billion (US $2.66 billion) over the next 2-3 years from the newly-elected Bharatiya Janata Party government to resume construction of the Project 71 indigenous aircraft carrier. 

India’s Air Force modernization worries rival Pakistan -

The country is on the cusp of a $20 billion deal to purchase nearly 130 Dassault Rafale fighter jets that could be signed within three months, according to media reports. At 1,500 aircraft, the fleet would be 30 percent bigger than its Pakistani counterpart.   

Qatar to buy stake in BMC -

The Qatar Armed Forces Industry Committee has applied to Turkey’s Competition Board to acquire 49 percent of commercial and military vehicle manufacturer BMC from local finance house ES Mali Yatirim (ES Financial Investment), RK announced on its website June 2.  

Lawmakers: Sequestration, end of arms buys could weaken U.S. industrial base -

U.S. House members are worried about the impact of sequestration cuts and the scheduled end of some major weapon buys, warning the dual hit could damage the defense industrial base.  

BMT reveals 5 percent growth in 2013 -

U.K.-based naval design and engineering company BMT Group Ltd has announced 2013 revenues of GBP163.3 million (U.S. $273.6 million) and underlying operating profits of GBP11.3 million in a statement on its financial performance, released June 2.  

Philippine MPA RfP piques interest of four firms -

Four foreign firms have shown interest in a PHP5.976 billion (U.S. $136 million) program to provide two long-range maritime patrol aircraft for the Philippine Air Force.




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Headlines September 2, 2014

News: Debris yields clues that pilot never ejected - When investigators were finally able to safely enter the crash site of an F-15C “Eagle” fighter jet on the afternoon of Aug. 27, they made a grim discovery that concluded more than 30 hours of searching – the pilot never managed to eject from the aircraft.  ...
 
 

News Briefs September 2, 2014

Pentagon: Iraq operations cost $560 million so far U.S. military operations in Iraq, including airstrikes and surveillance flights, have cost about $560 million since mid-June, the Pentagon said Aug. 29. Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said the average daily cost has been $7.5 million. He said it began at a much lower...
 
 

Unmanned aircraft partnership reaches major milestone

A team of research students and staff from Warsaw University of Technology have successfully demonstrated the first phase of flight test and integration of unmanned aircraft platforms with an autonomous mission control system. The demonstration marks a significant milestone in a partnership between the university and Lockheed Martin that began earlier this year. This is...
 

 

Raytheon delivers first Block 2 Rolling Airframe Missiles to US Navy

Raytheon delivered the first Block 2 variant of its Rolling Airframe Missile system to the U.S. Navy as part of the company’s 2012 Low Rate Initial Production contract. RAM Block 2 is a significant performance upgrade featuring enhanced kinematics, an evolved radio frequency receiver, and an improved control system. “As today’s threats continue to evolve,...
 
 
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Two Vietnam War Soldiers, one from Civil War to receive Medal of Honor

U.S. Army graphic Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins and former Spc. 4 Donald P. Sloat will receive the Medal of Honor for actions in Vietnam. The White House announced Aug. 26 that Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. A...
 
 

Sparks fly as NASA pushes limits of 3-D printing technology

NASA has successfully tested the most complex rocket engine parts ever designed by the agency and printed with additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing, on a test stand at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. NASA engineers pushed the limits of technology by designing a rocket engine injector – a highly complex part that...
 




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