WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon is evaluating whether potential cyber missions could drive demand for additional Boeing Co (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) EA-18G electronic attack jets, or Growlers, the top U.S. Navy officer told Reuters on Thursday.
Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert said any decisions about additional orders of Growlers should be included in the Pentagon’s budget request for fiscal 2017, since Boeing will shut the production line after all orders have been fulfilled.
WASHINGTON, Sept 2 (Reuters) – The Pentagon’s chief arms
buyer said on Wednesday he was “not crazy” about growing share
buybacks across the weapons industry but acknowledged a dearth
of new arms programs has made it difficult for companies to
invest in new technologies.
Defense Undersecretary Frank Kendall said he hoped that a
series of technology demonstration projects to be announced with
the fiscal 2017 defense budget would motivate companies to step
up internal spending on research and development projects.
WASHINGTON, Sept 2 (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force said on
Wednesday that two competing designs for the next-generation
bomber are stealthier than the B-2 bomber and have been more
extensively tested than other developmental weapons programs
before a contract award.
Air Force Secretary Deborah James last week said the service
would award a contract soon for the new long-range bomber, which
will replace the current aging B-1 and B-52 bombers, but refused
to be drawn on a specific date.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia is in advanced discussions with the U.S. government about buying two frigates based on a coastal warship that Lockheed Martin Corp is building for the U.S. Navy, and could reach agreement by the end of the year, according to sources familiar with the talks.
The frigate sale, valued at well over $1 billion, will be the cornerstone of a long-delayed multi billion dollar modernization of the Royal Saudi Navy’s Gulf-patroling eastern fleet of aging U.S. warships and would include smaller patrol boats. It underscores the strong business and military ties between the two countries, despite tensions over the U.S.-led Iran nuclear deal.
WASHINGTON, Aug 31 (Reuters) – The leaders of the U.S.
Senate Armed Services Committee blasted significant errors in
recent Air Force estimates of the cost of a new strike bomber in
a terse letter to Defense Secretary Ash Carter made public on
Monday, and demanded a detailed explanation.
Air Force Secretary Deborah James last week decried the
botched cost estimate as a “regrettable error” and blamed it on
human error and a lack of proper oversight. She
said a contract award was expected soon.
WASHINGTON, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Two weeks of joint testing of
the Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jet at a
California air base by the Royal Netherlands Air Force showed
that the new stealthy jets are able to share a significant
amount of data with older warplanes, the pilot in charge of
Dutch F-35 testing told Reuters.
Colonel Albert De Smit, commander of the Netherlands
operational test detachment, said the testing sought to validate
that the new fifth-generation F-35s could share useable data
with older F-16s and aerial refueling aircraft via the Link 16
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon’s chief arms buyer announced on Thursday he was revising his plan to increase oversight of weapons makers’ internal research and development projects that could be billed as overhead, after sharp criticism from industry executives.
Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, said he no longer planned to require companies to seek a “technical sponsor” before beginning an internal research program but would instead propose they be required to brief an appropriate defense official before and after such work.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Britain’s Inmarsat Plc said Friday’s expected launch of its third Global Xpress satellite will allow it to offer mobile broadband service to customers in the remotest regions, giving airline passengers the ability to stream movies and update social media on flights worldwide.
Chief Executive Officer Rupert Pearce said Inmarsat, the leading provider of satellite communications, was in final preparations for the launch. The launch was initially scheduled for June but got delayed after a failure by Inmarsat’s rocket launch partner, International Launch Services, in May.
WASHINGTON, Aug 27 (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers should work
with the Department of Energy to restructure a project to
convert excess U.S. weapons-grade plutonium into fuel for
commercial nuclear reactors instead of abandoning it, former New
Mexico Governor Bill Richardson said.
Richardson told Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid in an Aug.
21 letter that switching to a different solution would be
“reckless” since it would violate a 2000 nonprofileration treaty
with Russia signed while he was energy secretary in the Clinton
administration. A copy of the letter was seen by Reuters on
WASHINGTON, Aug 26 (Reuters) – Oshkosh Corp will
dominate the U.S. military’s wheeled vehicle market after
winning a $6.75 billion deal to build 17,000 armored trucks to
replace the U.S. Army and Marine Corps’ aging fleet of 140,000
Humvees, analysts said on Wednesday.
The Wisconsin-based company said it will hire some
engineers, procurement experts and operations staff in coming
years, but expects no hiring surge since work on the new Joint
Light Tactical Vehicle, or JLTV, will offset other military
truck programs that are due to taper off.