DUBAI, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Northrop Grumman Corp
hopes to expand its ties to the United Arab Emirates in coming
years, including the potential sale of its E-2D airborne early
warning radar planes, the company’s new chief executive for the
UAE said on Saturday.
“There are incredible opportunities here,” Douglas Raaberg,
a former senior U.S. Air Force official who joined Northrop in
2010, told Reuters in an interview after the Dubai International
Air Chiefs conference. Raaberg was named last month as
Northrop’s first chief executive officer for UAE.
DUBAI (Reuters) – The head of the Turkish air force said on Saturday his country’s decision to buy a $3.4 billion missile defense system from a Chinese company was not final, and could still change.
General Akin Ozturk, commander of the Turkish Air Force, also said he did not see any linkage between Turkey’s interest in buying F-35 fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and the missile defense procurement process.
DUBAI, Nov 16 (Reuters) – The head of the Turkish air force
said on Saturday his country’s decision to buy a $3.4 billion
missile defense system from a Chinese company was not final, and
could still change.
General Akin Ozturk, commander of the Turkish Air Force,
also said he did not see any linkage between Turkey’s interest
in buying F-35 fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp
and the missile defense procurement process.
DUBAI, Nov 15 (Reuters) – South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of
Staff were expected to endorse an “all F-35 buy” of 40 Lockheed
Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets and an option for 20 more
at a meeting on Nov. 22, two sources familiar with the
competition said on Friday.
The Joint Chiefs’ decision must be approved by a committee
chaired by the South Korean defense minister at a meeting in
early December, according to the sources, who declined to be
identified because they were not authorized to speak publicly.
WASHINGTON, Nov 13 (Reuters) – The U.S. Government
Accountability Office (GAO) on Wednesday ruled in favor of BAE
Systems PLC in the British company’s protest of a U.S.
Navy decision to award to Raytheon Co a contract for a
next-generation electronic jammer, BAE and the Navy said.
The ruling reopens the procurement process for the jammer,
but it was not immediately clear when the contract bidding would
WASHINGTON, Nov 12 (Reuters) – U.S. arms makers Raytheon Co
and Lockheed Martin Corp are considering ways to
sweeten their offer to build a Patriot missile defense system
for Turkey after Ankara said it could still back away from a
provisional $3.4 billion deal with China, sources familiar with
the issue said on Tuesday.
“There are internal discussions going on about improving the
Patriot offer,” said one source, who is familiar with the talks
but not authorized to speak publicly.
WASHINGTON, Nov 8 (Reuters) – Huntington Ingalls Industries
Inc has left “no stone unturned” in trying to lower the
cost of the USS Gerald R. Ford, the first of a new class of
aircraft carriers to be christened Saturday, a top company
The company is also working hard to apply lessons learned
from that first ship to the next one, the USS John F. Kennedy,
which is under construction now at Newport News Shipbuilding,
said Matt Mulherin, president of the shipyard and corporate vice
president of Huntington Ingalls.
WASHINGTON, Nov 7 (Reuters) – If South Korea decides to
order Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets for
delivery in 2017, the aircraft would come with the software
needed to carry a full load of weapons, Lockheed and the
Pentagon’s F-35 program office said Thursday, refuting a claim
made earlier this week by a Boeing consultant.
South Korea is expected to confirm in coming weeks that it
needs radar-evading capabilities such as those offered by the
F-35, after an acquisition task force last month rejected a bid
to buy Boeing Co’s F-15.
WASHINGTON, Nov 7 (Reuters) – The Federal Aviation
Administration on Thursday released an initial plan for
integrating unmanned aircraft more broadly into U.S. airspace by
sites that will be chosen by the end of the year.
FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said new rules, standards
and policies were needed to ensure that U.S. aviation
regulations and safety rules remained the world’s “gold
standard,” as a growing number of new unmanned planes joined
manned aircraft in the skies above America.
WASHINGTON, Nov 7 (Reuters) – The Pentagon’s chief arms
buyer on Thursday emphasized the need for more accountability on
weapons programs as the U.S. military struggles to end years of
cost overruns and delays on projects such as the Lockheed Martin
Corp F-35 fighter jet.
Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition,
technology and logistics, said he was continuing to implement a
series of changes aimed at improving the Pentagon acquisition
system, including giving program managers more authority.