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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Defense Department plans to ask Congress for $4.5 billion in extra missile defense funding over the next five years as part of the fiscal 2015 budget request, say congressional sources and an expert.
Nearly $1 billion of that sum will pay for a new homeland defense radar to be placed in Alaska, with an additional $560 million to fund work on a new interceptor after several failed flight tests, said Riki Ellison, founder of the nonprofit Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance, and two of the congressional sources, who were not authorized to speak publicly.
WASHINGTON, Feb 6 (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers need to drop
parochial interests and make tough decisions about U.S. military
bases, personnel costs and arms programs given continued
pressure to reduce federal deficits, the top Democrat on the
House Armed Services Committee said Thursday.
“There is going to be a sustained period of pressure on the
budget of the federal government, and I don’t see that letting
up soon,” said Representative Adam Smith from Washington state,
but added many lawmakers had not yet accepted that fact.