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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 July 23, 2014

News: Israel’s Iron Dome defense in line for tripled U.S. spending - Israel’s iron Dome missile defense system may end up getting triple the U.S. funding that the Defense Department sought for it in March. Ukraine asked U.S. for systems to counter Russian missiles - A month before the United States says a Russian missile likely brought...
 
 

News Briefs July 23, 2014

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,194 As of July 22, 2014, at least 2,194 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. The AP count is three less than the Defense Department’s tally. At least...
 
 
Raytheon photograph

Raytheon completes key Air, Missile Defense Radar reviews

Raytheon photograph Partially-populated, full-sized Air and Missile Defense Radar array. Raytheon has completed two critical program reviews for the new Air and Missile Defense Radar, the U.S. Navy’s next generation integ...
 

 
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Insitu demonstrates long endurance capabilities of Integrator unmanned aircraft

Insitu photograph Insitu’s Integrator unmanned aircraft recovers via SkyHook; the aircraft recently completed a 24-hour endurance flight. Insitu announced July 22 the successful 24-hour flight of its Integrator unmanned a...
 
 

NASA partners punctuate summer with spacecraft development advances

Spacecraft and rocket development is on pace this summer for NASA’s aerospace industry partners for the agency’s Commercial Crew Program as they progress through systems testing, review boards and quarterly sessions under their† Space Act Agreements with the agency. NASA engineers and specialists continue their review of the progress as the agency and partners move...
 
 

U.S. Navy selects Northrop Grumman for ship self-defense system

The U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman a $12 million task order for a full range of engineering services to continue modernizing the Ship Self-Defense System Mark 2. The contract has a potential value of $61 million over five years, if all options are exercised. SSDS MK2 is a combat system designed for anti-air defense...
 




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