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Nov 19, 2013

Maker of V-22 Osprey encouraged by foreign interest

DUBAI (Reuters) – The head of Bell Helicopter said on Tuesday he was encouraged by foreign interest in the V-22 tilt-rotor aircraft that his company builds with Boeing Co (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), but Bell may face additional layoffs if not enough orders emerge.

John Garrison, president and chief executive of Bell Helicopter, a unit of Textron Inc (TXT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), said the U.S. Marine Corps’ use of the V-22 to provide disaster relief in the Philippines illustrated the capabilities of the aircraft, which can fly as fast as a plane but land like a helicopter.

Nov 19, 2013

US Navy committed to F-35 despite talks about more F/A-18 buys

DUBAI, Nov 19 (Reuters) – The U.S. Navy remains committed to
the Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)
program, but is also looking at options to buy additional Boeing
Co F/A-18 fighter jets, a senior U.S. Navy official said
on Tuesday.

Richard Gilpin, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for
air programs, told Reuters at the Dubai Airshow that the Navy’s
current plans still called for purchases of the Boeing F/A-18
and EA-18G electronic attack planes to end in fiscal 2014.

Nov 18, 2013

US engine maker sees interest in F-35 fighter

DUBAI, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Pratt & Whitney, which builds the
engine for Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35 fighter jet, said
it was seeing strong interest in the radar-evading warplane, but
it would likely be several years before exports to the Gulf
region were approved.

Carrol Chandler, a retired Air Force general who now serves
as vice president of business development for Pratt, said the
U.S. government would evaluate any requests from Gulf countries
to buy the F-35, and then decide on a case-by-case basis whether
to allow exports of the new fighter jet.

Nov 18, 2013

Boeing executives upbeat about future of F/A-18 fighter

DUBAI, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Top Boeing Co executives
are upbeat about the future of the F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter
jet and see a good chance of winning additional U.S. and
international orders that would keep the production line running
past 2016.

Boeing Chief Executive Jim McNerney told reporters at the
Dubai Airshow it was difficult to predict future orders given
continued uncertainty about the U.S. budget.

Nov 18, 2013

Airshow – Despite diplomatic spats, U.S. arms firms trust in Mideast

LONDON/DUBAI (Reuters) – For U.S. arms firms flocking to the Dubai Airshow this week, the Middle East has never been more important – the second fastest growing market after Asia as western defence spending shrinks.

But they face an awkward reality: an apparently ever-growing gap between Washington and its closest regional allies.

Nov 18, 2013

Despite diplomatic spats, U.S. arms firms trust in Mideast

LONDON/DUBAI (Reuters) – For U.S. arms firms flocking to the Dubai Airshow this week, the Middle East has never been more important – the second fastest growing market after Asia as western defense spending shrinks.

But they face an awkward reality: an apparently ever-growing gap between Washington and its closest regional allies.

Nov 18, 2013

U.S. military sees growth in foreign sales of V-22 Osprey

DUBAI, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Foreign sales of the V-22
tilt-rotor aircraft built by Boeing Co and Bell
Helicopter could grow significantly in the “very near future,”
top U.S. military officials said, citing interest in both
military uses and for VIP transports.

Marine Corps Colonel Dan Robinson, who heads the Pentagon’s
V-22 joint program office, said the U.S. military’s increased
use of the V-22 or Osprey around the globe was spurring demand.

Nov 17, 2013

Boeing shows off F/A-18 fighter as production end looms

DUBAI, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Boeing’s chief F/A-18 test
pilot pulled the nose of the Super Hornet up into a steep
40-degree angle, then tilted the wings to the left and right, as
he demonstrated the popular Navy fighter jet’s ability to
maneuver, even when under attack.

Loops, pirouettes and even a freefall on the plane’s back
followed during a demonstration flight on the opening day of the
Dubai Airshow, where Boeing is showcasing a broad array of
warplanes, including the F/A-18E/F, its C-17 transport planes
and the P-8A maritime surveillance plane.

Nov 16, 2013

Northrop Grumman aims for bigger role in UAE arms sales

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.

Nov 16, 2013

Turkish move on China missile deal not final: official

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.