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June 18, 2014

Headlines June 18, 2014

News:

Prospect of new Iraq fight turns hawks into doves -

Lawmakers who eagerly voted to authorize military force 12 years ago to oust Saddam Hussein and destroy weapons of mass destruction that were never found now harbor doubts that air strikes will turn back insurgents threatening Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s government and Baghdad. 

 

Business:

Iveco unwraps new version of LMV -

Italy’s Iveco has given a show debut to a new version of its successful Light Multipurpose Vehicle, which boosts payload by about 50 percent and is described by the firm as a radical overhaul of earlier designs.

Lockheed F-35 bulkhead cracks solution proposed -

Lockheed Martin and the Pentagon say a fix has been found that should prevent more bulkhead cracks on the Marine Corps version of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the costliest U.S. weapons program. 

Companies step up investment in future Army helicopter -

A Boeing-Sikorsky team continues to pour money into a prototype helicopter that it hopes the Army will select as its future rotorcraft.  

Textron, Airbus to bid on expected French UAV tender -

Airbus Defence and Space has teamed with Textron to prepare a joint bid for an expected French tender for a tactical UAV, a competition likely to attract a lively clutch of international offers, said Senior Vice President Jens Nielsen. 

Costs, benefits of RD-180 rocket engine replacement program debated -

The U.S. national security space community was left wondering this spring whether a Russian company would continue to supply it with engines needed to launch heavy payloads on its Atlas rockets. 

Jordan seeks to convert C-295 into gunship -

Jordan is stepping up its gunship capability following the signing of a deal with aircraft builder Airbus Military and weapons supplier ATK to convert one of the C-295 transports in service with its Air Force into an aerial enforcer. 

Start-up debuts sense-and-avoid system for Quadcopters -

Developing a sense-and-avoid system for any unmanned aircraft is a challenging task, but it’s even more difficult to build one for small vehicles that can’t hold heavy sensor payloads. 

Oto Melara, Diehl test fire new guided 155mm munition -

Italy’s Oto Melara and Germany’s Diehl Defence have carried out a successful test firing of Oto Melara’s Vulcano 155mm munition, the firm said here at the Eurosatory exhibition.  

Partnerships on rise between drone makers, universities -

As commercial demand for unmanned aircraft grows, manufacturers and universities are increasingly joining forces on efforts to train pilots and develop new technologies. 

Brazil awaits U.S. approval for $241 million arms upgrade -

The U.S. Defence Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress on 11 June of proposed foreign military sales worth a total of $241 million to upgrade M109 self-propelled howitzers and M113 Armored Personnel Carriers for the Brazilian Armed Forces. 

Thales wins U.K. Wildcat missile deal -

A deal to demonstrate and manufacture a lightweight missile system to equip Royal Navy AW159 Wildcat helicopters has been secured by the Belfast-arm of Thales UK. 

IAI to offer converted tankers to South Korea -

Israel Aerospace Industries is to offer the Republic of Korea an aerial refuelling solution based on its converted Boeing 767-300ER Multi-Mission Tanker Transport tanker, the company confirmed to IHS Jane’s June 16.  

ULA lays groundwork for next-gen engine -

United Launch Alliance has signed agreements with “multiple” American firms to help develop a next-generation engine replacement, the company announced June 16. 

 

Defense:

Army wants jungle radio -

The U.S. Army wants to be able to communicate through thick jungle canopies.  

China dominates U.S. naval strategy discussion -

The latest international crisis may be a terrorist land offensive in Iraq, but concerns about China’s ambitions clearly dominate those thinking about strategies for the U.S. Navy. 

Ex-supercarrier Constellation headed to scrapyard -

The retired aircraft carrier Constellation will take its final cruise this summer, from the Pacific Northwest to Texas for dismantling, the Navy announced June 13.

Fire Scout flies with maritime radar -

The MQ-8B Fire Scout has flown with new multimode maritime radar. 

 

Veterans:

Phoenix VA gave out $10 mil in bonuses in past 3 years -

Newly released records show the Phoenix VA Health Care System paid out roughly $10 million in bonuses during the past three years, when some staff manipulated patient wait-time records to trigger bonuses as veterans died awaiting care.  

The data on federal whistleblowing and its consequences -

The Department of Veterans Affairs is encouraging its employees to expose any wrongdoing they see, but a series of government reports has shown that many federal employees are reluctant to do so-and possibly with good reason. 

Senate, House expected to name conferees for VA legislation -

Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders made a plea June 17 for continued support for legislation intended to stop a rash of preventable deaths of veterans waiting for health care. 

Critics: Bill in Congress to fire VA execs may be unconstitutional -

Congress’ push to quickly fire VA executives in the wake of a nationwide scheduling scandal threatens to do more harm than good, and could be unconstitutional, according to attorneys who specialize in federal employee cases. 




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Headlines October 20, 2014

News: Navy grounds ‘Top Guns’ - The F/A-18s needs spare parts and in too many cases they’re being taken from brand new jets. This is a risk to national security and pilots’ lives.   Business: Boeing seeks revised schedule for U.S. aerial tanker - Boeing is revising its master schedule for developing the new U.S. Air Force...
 
 

News Briefs October 20, 2014

New military medical team to help with Ebola in U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the military to prepare and train a 30-member medical support team that could provide short-term help to civilian health professionals if there are more Ebola cases in the United States. His spokesman, Rear Adm. John Kirby, says the team...
 
 

Dragon ‘fires up’ for flight

The Air Force and NATO are undergoing a cooperative development effort to upgrade the avionics and cockpit displays of AWACS aircraft belonging to the 552nd Air Control Wing at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., and the NATO E-3 Sentrys from Geilenkirchen, Germany. The Diminishing Manufacturing Sources Replacement of Avionics for Global Operations and Navigation, otherwise...
 

 
Boeing photographs

Boeing-built X-37B successfully completes third flight

Unmanned spacecraft concludes record-setting 674-day mission   Boeing photograph A third mission of the Boeing-built X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle was completed on Oct. 17, 2014, when it landed and was recovered at Vandenberg...
 
 

Boeing concludes commercial crew space act agreement for CST-100/Atlas V

Boeing has successfully completed the final milestone of its Commercial Crew Integrated Capability Space Act Agreement with NASA. The work and testing completed under the agreement resulted in significant maturation of Boeing’s crew transportation system, including the CST-100 spacecraft and Atlas V rocket. NASA in July approved the Critical Design Review Board milestone for Boeing’...
 
 

AF to release small business research solicitations

The Air Force Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer program office is set to release its fiscal year 2015 list of topics Oct. 22, on the SBIR/STTR website.  Small businesses and research institutions with expertise to address the topics’ technology challenges are encouraged to submit proposals. During 2014, the Defense Department SBIR...
 




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