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Jun 24, 2014

U.S. Air Force to resume F-35A fighter jet flights Wednesday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force said it will resume flights of Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35 A-model fighter jets at a Florida air base on Wednesday, two days after one of the jets caught fire while preparing for takeoff.

“We intend to resume flights of the F-35As tomorrow,” 1st Lieutenant Hope Cronin, a spokeswoman for the Air Force 33rd Fighter Wing, said on Tuesday. The unit trains Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy pilots to fly the new jets at Eglin Air Force Base.

Jun 23, 2014

35A fighter jet flights suspended after fire at U.S. air base

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force on Monday temporarily halted flights at a Florida air base of 26 F-35A fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp after a jet caught fire as it was preparing to take off for a training flight, a Pentagon spokesman said.

The pilot aborted the takeoff and was not injured, said Joe DellaVedova, spokesman for the Pentagon’s F-35 program office. He had no immediate details on the cause of the fire or extent of the damage to the F-35 conventional takeoff model.

Jun 23, 2014

Raytheon to resume production of warhead after successful test

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Raytheon Co on Monday said it expects to soon resume production of an updated warhead, or “kill vehicle,” used for U.S. homeland missile defense after the system successfully intercepted a dummy target over the Pacific.

“There are no other hurdles that we’re aware of, so we expect that we will go into production shortly,” Wes Kremer, vice president of air and missile defense systems at Raytheon, told reporters on a teleconference.

Jun 23, 2014

U.S. missile defense system hits target in key test

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. missile defense system managed by Boeing Co on Sunday hit a simulated enemy missile over the Pacific in the first successful intercept test of the program since 2008, the U.S. Defense Department said.

The successful intercept will help validate the troubled Boeing-run Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system which provides the sole U.S. defense against long-range ballistic missiles, and the Raytheon Co kill vehicle that separates from the rocket and hits an incoming warhead.

Jun 23, 2014

U.S. missile defense system destroys target in key test

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. missile defense system managed by Boeing Co on Sunday hit a simulated enemy missile over the Pacific in the first successful intercept test of the program since 2008, the U.S. Defense Department said.

The intercept will help validate the troubled Boeing-run Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system which provides the sole U.S. defense against long-range ballistic missiles, and the Raytheon Co kill vehicle that separates from the rocket and hits an incoming warhead.

Jun 22, 2014

U.S. missile defense system hits target in key test -sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. missile defense system managed by Boeing Co on Sunday hit a simulated enemy missile over the Pacific in the first successful intercept test of the program since 2008, sources briefed on the test results said.

The successful interception will help validate the troubled Boeing-run Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system which provides the sole U.S. defense against long-range ballistic missiles, and the Raytheon Co kill vehicle that separates from the rocket and hits the incoming warhead, the sources said.

Jun 21, 2014

U.S. revamping Boeing missile defence deal as crucial test looms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon is restructuring a $3.48 billion (2 billion pounds) contract with Boeing Co for management of the troubled U.S. homeland missile defence program, said two sources familiar with the situation.

The system, which faces a critical test on Sunday, has failed to hit a dummy missile in five of eight tests since the Bush administration rushed to deploy the system in 2004 to counter growing threats by North Korea. It has not hit a target since 2008.

Jun 21, 2014

Exclusive: U.S. revamping Boeing missile defense deal as crucial test looms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon is restructuring a $3.48 billion contract with Boeing Co for management of the troubled U.S. homeland missile defense program, said two sources familiar with the situation.

The system, which faces a critical test on Sunday, has failed to hit a dummy missile in five of eight tests since the Bush administration rushed to deploy the system in 2004 to counter growing threats by North Korea. It has not hit a target since 2008.

Jun 19, 2014

Circuit maker pays $10 million to settle U.S. export control charges

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – California-based Intersil Corp has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $10 million to settle 339 alleged violations of U.S. export control laws that potentially harmed U.S. national security, the State Department said on Wednesday.

The department said an extensive compliance review showed that many of the alleged violations occurred because Intersil did not properly control its radiation hardened and tolerant circuits, which were on the U.S. munitions list.

Jun 19, 2014

United Technologies, Canada reach deal on delayed helicopters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – United Technologies Corp (UTX.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) on Wednesday said its Sikorsky Aircraft unit would record sales of $850 million and a charge of $440 million in the second quarter after signing a revamped agreement with Canada for 28 maritime helicopters.

The amendment to the long delayed multibillion dollar deal will allow Canada to start retiring its fleet of aging Sea King helicopters in 2015 and accelerate operations of the new CH-148 Cyclone helicopters, the company said in a statement.