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Headlines July 29, 2015

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News: Lockheed F-35s reliability found wanting in shipboard testing – The Marine Corps’ version of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter demonstrated poor reliability in a 12-day exercise at sea, according to the U.S. military’s top testing officer.   Business: Rockwell Collins to upgrade Boeing comms system – Rockwell Collins will upgrade the low-frequency transmission system on the E-4B…

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Headlines July 27, 2015

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News: U.S.-Turkey deal aims to create de facto ‘safe zone’ in northwest Syria – Turkey and the United States have agreed on the outlines of a de facto “safe zone” along the Turkey-Syria border under the terms of a deal that is expected to significantly increase the scope and pace of the U.S.-led air war against…

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Headlines July 24, 2015

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News: Turkey bombs Islamic State targets in Syria – Turkish planes have for the first time carried out air strikes against Islamic State group targets in Syria. Turkey to allow airstrikes against ISIS from Incirlik – Turkey will allow the U.S. to strike Islamic State group targets from Incirlik Air Base, according to multiple reports….

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News Briefs July 24, 2015

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Officials: Progress made cleaning up massive jet fuel spill State and federal officials are becoming increasingly confident they’ll be able to clean up a massive plume of jet fuel at the edge of Albuquerque, N.M., before it reaches drinking water wells. Kirtland Air Force Base and state environment officials will be updating the public on…

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Headlines July 22, 2015

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News: Pentagon confirms drone crashed in Iraq – A Pentagon spokesman said the aircraft was returning from an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission when “technical complications” caused a loss of communication with the aircraft July 16.   Business: Boeing faces eight-month delay on $3 billion tanker contracts – Boeing may have to wait an extra eight months…

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News Briefs July 22, 2015

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U.S. Navy commander stresses positives in China relationship The Navy’s new commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet sounded a conciliatory note toward China July 21 during the last stop of a three-country Asian tour. “We have much more in common than we do in competition,” Adm. Scott Swift told reporters in Tokyo. He added, though,…

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Headlines July 20, 2015

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News: Lockheed to buy United Tech’s Sikorsky for over $8 billion – source – Lockheed Martin, the largest U.S. weapons maker, has agreed to buy United Technologies Corp’s Sikorsky Aircraft unit, the maker of Black Hawk helicopters, for over $8 billion, a source familiar with the negotiations said July 19.   Business: Super Tucano, Embraer soaring…

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Headlines July 15, 2015

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Business: Pentagon says ‘closely monitoring’ potential Sikorsky sale – The U.S. Defense Department said July 14 it was “closely monitoring” the potential sale of helicopter maker Sikorsky Aircraft by its parent company, United Technologies Corp. and that it would evaluate any deal on a case-by-case basis. Japan becomes first V-22 export customer – Japan is…

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Headlines July 13, 2015

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Business: Raytheon helps bolster Jordan’s border security – A Raytheon-built system to help Jordan secure its borders with strife-torn Iraq and Syria is now operational. Lockheed Martin to offer converted C-130Js as maritime patrollers – Lockheed Martin is to offer a U.K-specific variant of its SC-130J Sea Hercules to Britain, as the U.K. looks to re-generate a…

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Headlines July 10, 2015

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News: Pentagon reconsidering total F-35 buy – Gen. Joseph Dunford, the nominee for chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he’s willing to rethink the acquisition plan for the most expensive weapons program ever.   Business: Lockheed, Textron final suitors for Sikorsky Aircraft – Lockheed Martin and Textron Inc. have emerged as final contenders…

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