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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 November 26, 2014

News: When Hagel leaves, new SecDef faces big questions about the military’s future - President Obama’s new pick to run the Pentagon will face a dizzying set of challenges affecting the Defense Department’s mission, budget and culture. Who will be the next Secretary of Defense?- Following the Nov. 24 surprise announcement from the White House, the...
 
 

News Briefs November 26, 2014

Navy to decommission two more ships in Puget Sound The Navy recently decommissioned the guided missile frigate USS Ingraham at Everett, Wash. It will be towed to Bremerton and scrapped. The Daily Herald reports the Navy also plans to decommission another ship at the Everett homeport and also one stationed in Bremerton. Naval Station Everett...
 
 

NASA airborne campaigns tackle climate questions from Africa to Arctic

NASA photograph The DC-8 airborne laboratory is one of several NASA aircraft that will fly in support of five new investigations into how different aspects of the interconnected Earth system influence climate change. NASA photograph The DC-8 airborne laboratory is one of several NASA aircraft that will fly in support of five new investigations into...
 

 
Air Force photograph by Rick Goodfriend

16T Pitch Boom reactivated to support wind tunnel tests

Air Force photograph by Rick Goodfriend The Pitch Boom at the AEDC 16-foot transonic wind tunnel (16T) was recently reactivated. This model support system is used in conjunction with a roll mechanism to provide a combined pitch...
 
 

Northrop Grumman supports U.S. Air Force Minuteman missile test launch

Northrop Grumman recently supported the successful flight testing of the U.S. Air Force’s Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile weapon system. The operational flight test was conducted as part of the Air Force Global Strike Command’s Force Development Evaluation Program. This program demonstrates and supports assessment of the accuracy, availability and reliability of the...
 
 
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Scientists turn handheld JCAD into a dual-use chemical, explosives detector

Scientists at the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., proved it is possible to teach an old dog new tricks by adding the ability to detect explosive materials to the Joint Chemical Age...
 




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