Headlines – May 20, 2016



China demands halt to U.S. intelligence –
China is telling the United States military to stop gathering intelligence along China’s coast after an incident involving aircraft from the two countries.


Boeing disputes Denmark’s F-35 evaluation –
Boeing is challenging the Danish government’s recommendation that Denmark select Lockheed Martin’s F-35 for its next-generation fighter fleet, claiming that the Danes used flawed data to determine the cost of each plane.
Lockheed Martin’s Sikorsky wins Black Hawk contract –
Lockheed Martin’s Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. won a contract from the U.S. Army for UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters. This is a modification contract, which is valued at $88.1 million.
Raytheon, L-3 square off over $350 million Army range contract –
A division of L-3 Communications is objecting to a $350.6 million contract awarded to Raytheon.
Dinner guest of Airbus fuels speculation of U.K. helicopter deal –
The chief executive of Ascent Flight Training was the guest of Airbus Helicopters at a recent industry dinner, fueling speculation that Airbus has won the yet unannounced contract to provide and support rotorcraft to train British military crews starting 2018.
Polaris Defense intros MRZR-D off-road vehicle for military –
Polaris Defense reports it has added a high-performance turbo-diesel variant to its line of lightweight off-road vehicles for the military.
Sweden ‘in talks’ with Botswana over Gripen C/D fighter jets –
Sweden’s state-funded military materials procurement agency is denying that a deal has been struck to sell 12 Saab JAS Gripen C/D multirole fighters to Botswana. Försvarets Materielverk confirmed that while the organization is “in talks” with Botswana, the number of aircraft under discussion is around eight and not 16.
Lockheed to refresh systems on German P-3C Orion aircraft –
Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $54.9 million U.S. Navy firm-fixed-price contract for the P-3C mission system refresh program.
Boeing to support Air Force satellite waveform development –
Boeing has been awarded a $16.2 million Air Force contract for satellite waveforms.
BAE developing underwater navigation system for DARPA –
BAE Systems has been selected by DARPA to develop a system that will allow underwater craft to navigate accurately even when sailing below the surface of the water.


U.S. to drop all-terrain vehicles Into Poland in exercise –
When paratroopers from the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne division’s quick-reaction force jump near Torun, Poland, next month on a NATO exercise, an all-terrain vehicle it’s evaluating will descend by parachute as well, an Army commander said.
Allies will not play role in B-21 development, unlike F-35 –
A top Air Force general May 19 ruled out the possibility that the Pentagon would partner with allied nations to develop the next-generation B-21 bomber.
How the Air Force’s ‘space fence’ will keep American satellites safe –
Good fences make good neighbors, which is why the United States is building a space fence.
Eric Fanning sworn in as Army secretary after eight months in limbo –
Eight months after he was first nominated, Eric Fanning was sworn in May 18 as the Army’s top civilian leader.


Combat veteran suffers through VA medical mix up –
Spring Lake, N.C., veteran Wilbur Amos says he grows weaker by the day awaiting a surgery that would fix his three excruciating hernias. Some days are worse than others for Amos and the symptoms vary, and Amos said he’s worried one day he’ll inadvertently twist his bowels and die from septic shock if he’s not treated with surgery soon.
Bonds of Vietnam veterans renewed at Wall, Arlington Cemetery –
Ronald Mallory eyed the name before him, carefully reading the letters etched permanently into the smooth black marble alongside 58,000 others.
House votes to expand benefits for Vietnam ‘Blue Water Navy’ vets –
Veterans who served on Navy ships off Vietnam and have diseases linked to Agent Orange were buoyed Thursday by House passage of a measure that could expand their Veterans Affairs benefits.
Senate moves to approve fertility care for wounded veterans –
Veterans whose war wounds have rendered them infertile are one step closer to having their service-related condition covered by the Veterans Affairs Department.
Senator calls for improved loan forgiveness for veterans –
Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, has introduced an amendment he says would help veterans more easily get student loan forgiveness.
Federal employee groups blast Veterans First Act –
A group of 12 federal employee unions and associations are voicing their displeasure with several provisions in the Veterans First Act.


SpaceX running out of room for its landed rockets –
SpaceX has managed to land three rockets from space back on Earth – two on sea and one on land.
Military firm reveals drone-satellite hybrid –
A Franco-Italian aerospace manufacturer is developing an autonomous airship that could be the eye in the sky for government agencies.