WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jet dropped a 500-pound bomb this week, hitting a tank at Edwards Air Force Base in California and marking the first time the new warplane has fired a weapon, the Pentagon said Wednesday.
An F-35 B-model jet released the laser-guided Guided Bomb Unit-12 (GBU-12) Paveway II bomb from its internal weapons bay while flying at around 25,000 feet, successfully smashing into a tank parked on the ground, the Pentagon’s F-35 program office said in a statement. It took 35 seconds to hit the target.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon this week said the Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) F-35 program had made sufficient improvement to plan for higher production in fiscal year 2015, but contract awards would be tied to progress on the fighter jet’s software, reliability and other issues.
“Program progress is sufficient for the department to budget for an increase in the production rate in fiscal year 2015,” Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, wrote in a memorandum dated October 28 and obtained by Reuters on Tuesday.
WASHINGTON, Oct 29 (Reuters) – The Pentagon this week said
the Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 program had made
sufficient improvement to plan for higher production in fiscal
year 2015, but contract awards would be tied to progress on the
fighter jet’s software, reliability and other issues.
“Program progress is sufficient for the department to budget
for an increase in the production rate in fiscal year 2015,”
Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition,
technology and logistics, wrote in a memorandum dated Oct. 28
and obtained by Reuters on Tuesday.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday kicked off a fresh drive to fix the way the Pentagon buys weapons and services, vowing to “look past Band-Aid fixes and parochial interests” and implement meaningful reforms.
The committee’s chairman, U.S. Representative Buck McKeon, said some successful efforts were already under way, but the U.S. military acquisition system still faced significant challenges including cost overruns and schedule delays, and those would get worse due to mounting pressure on U.S. budgets.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former U.S. congressman Ike Skelton, a 17-term Democrat who capped his career as chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee, died on Monday, according to U.S. lawmakers. He was 81.
Skelton died at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, with his wife Patty and his sons at his side, said Skelton’s longtime colleague and staff member, Russell Orban.
WASHINGTON, Oct 28 (Reuters) – Turkey has asked the United
States to extend the pricing on Raytheon Co’s Patriot
missile defense system proposal, two sources familiar with the
discussions told Reuters on Monday, a sign that Ankara is
keeping its options open in case its talks with the preferred
Chinese supplier fall through.
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan last week said Ankara
would be open to new offers if its talks about co-producing a
long-range air and missile defense system with China Precision
Machinery Import and Export Corp (CPMIEC) fail.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon’s chief arms buyer wants details on how Lockheed Martin Corp and other companies will be held accountable for the quality and reliability of the F-35 fighter jet as he considers whether to approve an increase in the plane’s production, U.S. defense officials said on Friday.
Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, is asking the Pentagon office that runs the $392 billion F-35 program to map out how it will ensure the quality, reliability and maintainability of the new warplanes as production ramps up in coming years, said the officials, who were not authorized to speak publicly.
WASHINGTON, Oct 25 (Reuters) – Boeing Co and Lockheed
Martin Corp will team up to bid on a new U.S. Air Force
long-range bomber program, a multibillion-dollar project that
U.S. Air Force officials have described as a top acquisition
Boeing, which has played a role in every U.S. bomber program
since World War Two, would be the prime contractor on the
next-generation bomber program, with Lockheed as its primary
subcontractor, the companies said on Friday.
WASHINGTON, Oct 24 (Reuters) – Concerns about U.S. spying
have taken a significant toll on U.S.-Brazilian relations, but
have not had a broad-based effect on U.S. foreign policy or the
Obama administration’s efforts to promote U.S. exports, a top
White House adviser said.
Ben Rhodes, national security adviser for strategic
communications, acknowledged that reports of U.S. National
Security Agency spying on Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff had
strained Washington’s ties with Brazil, prompting Rousseff to
cancel a state visit and derailing a $4 billion potential arms
sale by Boeing Co.
ABUJA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Pirates attacked an oil supply vessel off the Nigerian coast and kidnapped the captain and chief engineer, both U.S. citizens, American officials said on Thursday as the Nigerian military ordered its Navy to rescue the men.
“We believe this was an act of piracy,” U.S. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said, adding that U.S. officials were closely monitoring the situation and seeking more information.