WASHINGTON, Jan 14 (Reuters) – The United States is
concerned about China’s expanding ability to disrupt the most
sensitive U.S. military and intelligence satellites, as Beijing
pursues its expanded ambitions in space, according to multiple
sources in the U.S. government and outside space experts.
A classified U.S. intelligence assessment completed late
last year analyzed China’s increasing activities in space and
mapped out the growing vulnerability of U.S. satellites that
provide secure military communications, warn about enemy missile
launches and provide precise targeting coordinates, said the
sources, who were not authorized to speak publicly.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp’s's new F-35 fighter jet has completed over a third of its planned flight tests, but it is still facing problems with the helmet needed to fly the plane, software development and weapons integration, according to a report by the Pentagon’s chief weapons tester.
The 18-page report, sent to Congress on Friday, included a detailed account of those issues and others, which it said underscored the “lack of maturity” of the $396 billion weapons program, the Pentagon’s most expensive ever.
WASHINGTON, Jan 11 (Reuters) – A senior U.S. Army official
on Friday urged industry executives not to push for a bidding
competition on a new armed helicopter as the
multi-billion-dollar project could be reversed due to budget
Major General Tim Crosby, who oversees Army aviation
programs, said top Army leaders wanted to evaluate the overall
situation before endorsing a recommendation from lower level
officers to buy new helicopters rather than extending the life
of Vietnam-era OH-58 Kiowa Warriors.
NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland (Reuters) – U.S. defense industry executives on Thursday said they were cutting costs and continuing to invest in new weapons technologies as budget pressures mounted, but said the Pentagon also needed to spell out its requirements more clearly.
Leanne Caret, vice president and general manager of Boeing Co’s vertical lift division, underscored the importance of an open dialogue between the U.S. Defense Department and its top suppliers in the current budget environment, especially since there were fewer new programs for companies to bid for.
WASHINGTON, Jan 10 (Reuters) – Huntington Ingalls Industries
Inc on Thursday said it will decide this year about
converting its Avondale, Louisiana, shipyard to work on
commercial construction and engineering projects instead of
closing the facility by the end of 2013.
Mike Petters, chief executive of the U.S. shipbuilder, said
the company was in ongoing discussions with other firms about
converting the facility to work on energy and infrastructure
projects in the Southeast region, but gave few details.
WASHINGTON, Jan 8 (Reuters) – U.S. Army leaders want more
information before they approve a multibillion-dollar
competition to replace the Army’s Vietnam-era OH-58 Kiowa
Warrior helicopters, which may delay a decision on the matter by
several months, an Army official said Tuesday.
Army Colonel John Lynch, capability manager with the Army’s
Training and Doctrine Command, said acquisition and requirements
officials proposed buying new armed scout helicopters rather
than upgrading the existing aircraft when they met with Vice
Chief of Staff General Lloyd Austin before Christmas.
WASHINGTON, Jan 7 (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp,
the biggest U.S. weapons maker, said on Monday that it was
buying some engine maintenance, repair and overhaul assets of
Canada’s insolvent Aveos Fleet Performance Inc.
The acquisition was the first big news from Lockheed since
Marillyn Hewson succeeded Robert Stevens as the company’s chief
executive on Jan. 1. Hewson said the deal would expand
Lockheed’s corporate presence in Canada and allowed the company
to move into an “attractive adjacent market.”
WASHINGTON, Jan 7 (Reuters) – A consortium led by Lockheed
Martin Corp is continuing to work toward a fourth
quarter 2013 flight test to prove its MEADS missile defense
system can intercept a ballistic missile, although some U.S.
lawmakers have sought to cut off funding for the three-nation
Officials with Lockheed and the MEADS International
consortium, which includes partners from Italy and Germany, on
Monday said they were “cautiously optimistic” that U.S.
lawmakers would reach a compromise to allow funding for the
final year of development on the missile defense program.
WASHINGTON, Jan 4 (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force on Friday
declined to confirm that it had received only one bid for a $6.8
billion helicopter competition, but said it had procedures in
place that would allow the acquisition to continue regardless of
the number of bidders.
All but one of the contractors expected to bid to build a
new combat search and rescue helicopter for the Air Force
announced last month that they would not compete, raising the
prospect that the Air Force would have to adopt a different
approach to the acquisition program.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force on Friday declined to confirm that it had received only one bid for a $6.8 billion helicopter competition that closed on Thursday, saying that information was “source selection sensitive.”
All but one of the contractors expected to bid to build a new combat search and rescue helicopters for the Air Force announced last month that they would not compete, raising the prospect that the Air Force would have to adopt a different approach to the acquisition program.