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July 23, 2014

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 down Malaysian Air flight MH17, the Ukrainian government asked America to provide sophisticated electronic equipment that could jam the radar of such missiles.

 

Business:

Defense firms to see $26 billion more in outlays by Sept. 30, DOD says -

Revised Pentagon mid-year projections call for $26b more in procurement, research outlays by Sept. 30 than first estimates, according to newly disclosed figures. 

U.S. Air Force space head: Time tight for new engine -

The outgoing head of the U.S. Air Force Space Command said the time is right for a new rocket engine to be developed in the United States, regardless of whether current engine sales are cut off by Russia.

United Tech elevator, jet-engine orders slow, shares drop -

United Technologies Corp posted tepid quarterly orders for its Otis elevators and Pratt and Whitney jet engines businesses, and shares of the diversified U.S. manufacturer fell nearly 2 percent July 22. 

Rockwell Collins Q3 sales increase as divestment announced -

Rockwell Collins increased sales by 12 percent to $1.26 billion in the third quarter of its 2014 financial year, but saw net profit shrink by $6 million to $158 million in the same period. 

Lockheed Martin, partners aim to cut flyaway cost -

In the long run, the F-35′s absence from the Royal International Air Tattoo and Farnborough air show will have minimal impact on the program’s long-term fortunes. In the mid-term, however, the F-35s export hiatus may hobble the program’s economics. 

ASV, QinetiQ team up for target practice -

Defence science and technology company QinetiQ has established a Marine Surface Target Service in partnership with unmanned marine systems manufacturer Autonomous Surface Vehicles. 

KAI picked to build South Korean light armed helo -

Korea Aerospace Industries has been tapped to develop a 10,000-pound helicopter to be used for civil and military purposes, according to the Defense Acquisition Program Administration.

Australia seeks participation in Kongsberg’s JSM -

Australia is seeking expanded engagement in Norway’s air-launched anti-ship Kongsberg Joint Strike Missile program, the Department of Defence in Canberra confirmed to IHS Jane’s July 21.

Defying allies, France to deliver first warship to Russia -

President Francois Hollande won broad domestic applause July 22 for defying allies Britain and the United States by confirming plans to deliver a helicopter carrier to Russia, with one backer dismissing the objections as hypocritical.

Austria FM: EU to prepare defense-sector sanctions against Russia -

The European Commission will shortly begin work on defense sector sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis, Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said. 

Cut ties with Ukraine cost Russian defense industry $940 million -

The Federal Space Agency, or Roscosmos, estimates that Russia will need to spend about 33 billion rubles ($940 million) through 2018 to offset the losses from cutting military ties with Ukraine, Kommersant reported July 22, citing a letter between Roscosmos officials.

MBDA in advanced talks for Marte ER -

The Italian arm of European missile house MBDA is looking to secure a launch customer for its new Marte ER (Extended Range) anti-ship missile by the end of 2014.

 

Veterans:

VA nominee: ‘Change can be achieved’ -

At Bob McDonald’s confirmation hearing July 22 on his nomination to become the next Veterans Affairs Secretary, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, joked that he didn’t want to scare McDonald away by listing all the scandals facing VA.

 

International:

China defends RIMPAC spy ship -

Officials with the Chinese Ministry of Defense defended the presence of an electronic surveillance ship off the coast of Hawaii during the U.S. led Rim of the Pacific maritime exercise. 

 

Viewpoint:

Opinion: No need to go back to Iraq – the job may be done for us -

There seems to be an awful lot of people who think any excuse to travel to a foreign country and kill people is a good one. It’s a shame that the two-edged sword of technologically enabled communication cuts in a way that provides them a platform from which to spew this nonsense.




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Headlines October 29, 2014

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News Briefs October 29, 2014

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Time to turn to American technology for space launch

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Air Force photograph by Joe Davila

Boeing, Air Force demonstrate Minuteman III readiness in flight test

Air Force photograph by Joe Davila Boeing supported the launch of an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on Sept. 23, 2014. Boeing supported the U.S. Air Force’s succ...
 
 

Pentagon going to court for refusing to release Sikorsky data

PETALUMA, Calif. – The Pentagon is refusing to release any data on any prime contractors participating in the 25-year-old Comprehensive Subcontracting Plan Test Program. The American Small Business League launched a program in 2010 to expose the fraud and abuse against small businesses the CSPTP had allowed. As a test the ASBL requested the most...
 
 
Northrop Grumman photograph

Raytheon Griffin C flight tests demonstrate in-flight retargeting capability

Northrop Grumman photograph Northrop Grumman has received a contract from the U.S. Marine Corps for low-rate initial production of the AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR). G/ATOR is the first ground-based multi-mi...
 




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