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Apr 17, 2014

Two U.S. arms programs face live-or-die reviews after costs jump

WASHINGTON, April 17 (Reuters) – An unmanned U.S. Navy
helicopter built by Northrop Grumman Corp and a
precision ship-landing system built by Raytheon Co face
mandatory reviews that could lead to their cancellation after
quantity reductions drove unit costs sharply higher in 2013, the
Pentagon announced on Thursday.

Senior defense officials said the cost increases were
largely due to cuts in the numbers of items to be purchased, but
federal law required a careful look at program performance and
other factors.

Apr 17, 2014

Northrop CEO urges Congress to pass cybersecurity legislation

WASHINGTON, April 17 (Reuters) – U.S. weapons maker Northrop
Grumman Corp on Thursday urged U.S. lawmakers to enact
cybersecurity legislation that would limit the liability of U.S.
companies and enable them to take more decisive action to
protect their computer networks.

“We need to move to a place as a country where the legal
framework matches the technology framework, or even gets within
a decade of the technology framework,” Northrop Chief Executive
Wes Bush told Reuters after a speech to the Economic Club.

Apr 16, 2014

Navy delays submarine commissioning, says more work needed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Navy on Wednesday said it would delay the commissioning of the North Dakota, a new Virginia-class submarine that was due to enter active service on May 31, to carry out more design work and resolve quality problems with certain components.

The submarine, built jointly by General Dynamics Corp and Huntington Ingalls Industries, is returning to drydock for the additional work, according to the submarine’s Facebook site. It said no new commissioning date had been set.

Apr 16, 2014

U.S. approves F-35 flights to UK for two air shows in July: officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Defense Department has approved the first trans-Atlantic flight of Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35 fighter jet in July to take part in two international air shows near London, senior defense officials said Wednesday.

The new warplane will make its international debut at the Royal International Air Tattoo, or RIAT, an annual military air show help outside London in July, followed by appearances at the Farborough air show, held every other year, according to the officials, who were not authorized to speak publicly.

Feb 19, 2014

Lockheed tech lets U.S. Apache helicopter pilots aim in color

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama, Feb 19 (Reuters) – The U.S. Army has
unveiled new technology that will for the first time allow AH-64
Apache helicopter pilots to see targeting and surveillance data
in full, high-resolution color, instead of the fuzzy black and
white images they get now.

An Army official said new sensors developed by Lockheed
Martin Corp over the past four years could help avoid
mistakes such as the 2007 attack by two U.S. Apache helicopters
that killed 12 people in Baghdad, including two Reuters news
staff, after they were mistaken for armed insurgents.

Feb 19, 2014

Lockheed enables Apache helicopter pilots to see targets in color

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama (Reuters) – The U.S. Army has unveiled new technology that will for the first time allow AH-64 Apache helicopter pilots to see targeting and surveillance data in full, high-resolution color, instead of the fuzzy black and white images they get now.

An Army official said new sensors developed by Lockheed Martin Corp over the past four years could help avoid mistakes such as the 2007 attack by two U.S. Apache helicopters that killed 12 people in Baghdad, including two Reuters news staff, after they were mistaken for armed insurgents.

Feb 14, 2014

General Dynamics Canada wins Saudi deal worth up to $13 billion

OTTAWA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. weapons maker General Dynamics Corp (GD.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has won a contract worth up to $13 billion for its Canadian division to build light-armored vehicles for Saudi Arabia, in what Ottawa said was the largest advanced manufacturing export win in Canadian history.

General Dynamics said on Friday the 14-year contract for military and commercial vehicles and training and support services has a value of $10 billion, but could be worth about $13 billion if all options were exercised.

Feb 14, 2014

Boeing looks to U.S. Congress to fund fighters after Navy skips orders

WASHINGTON, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Boeing Co is mounting
a last-ditch campaign to convince U.S. lawmakers to buy more
fighter jets and stave off a shutdown of a St. Louis production
line after the U.S. Navy failed to fund the jets.

The Navy’s fiscal 2015 budget plan omits funding for any
extra F/A-18E/F Super Hornets or EA-18G Growlers, according to
several sources familiar with the issue. The White House is due
to submit its 2015 budget request to Congress on March 4.

Feb 12, 2014

35 order seen next month, US orders seen down – sources

WASHINGTON, Feb 11 (Reuters) – Britain is still expected to
order 14 F-35 fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp
although the $5 billion deal may not be finalized until next
month, several sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

The UK deal, which includes fuel, hangars, training and
operational support for the jets, was initially expected this
week but British authorities put off the announcement to avoid
overlapping with the release of a major assessment of weapons
systems by Britain’s National Audit Office, the sources said.

Feb 11, 2014

Lockheed inks deal to produce energy from ocean waves in Australia

WASHINGTON, Feb 11 (Reuters) – Top U.S. arms maker Lockheed
Martin Corp on Tuesday said it had signed an agreement
with a unit of Ocean Power Technologies Inc to harness
the motion of ocean waves to generate electricity off the coast
of Victoria, Australia.

The A$230 million ($205.68 million) deal will produce the
world’s largest wave energy project using power buoys designed
by Ocean Power Technologies that tap energy from the surface
motion of waves.