WASHINGTON, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp’s
estimate that its F-35 fighter plane program supports
125,000 jobs in the United States is “greatly exaggerated” and
the real amount may be half that number, according to a new
think tank report issued Wednesday.
William Hartung, a longtime critic of the $392 billion F-35
program, argues in the report issued by the nonprofit Center for
International Policy that Lockheed is overstating the number of
F-35-related jobs to shore up support for the program.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department is investigating export and import procedures at Honeywell International Inc after the firm included Chinese parts in equipment it built for the F-35 fighter jet, three sources familiar with the matter said.
Reuters last week reported that the Pentagon twice waived laws banning Chinese-built components in U.S. weapons in 2012 and 2013 for parts supplied by Honeywell for the $392 billion Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 program.
WASHINGTON, Jan 9 (Reuters) – European countries must
shoulder more of the political and economic responsiblity for
NATO’s common defense to ensure the continued relevance of the
alliance in coming years, Norwegian Defense Minister Ine Eriksen
Soreide said on Thursday.
Soreide, who met with an number of U.S. lawmakers this week
and is due to meet with U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on
Friday, said the United States could not be expected to continue
paying for over 70 percent of NATO’s defense needs.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Norway’s defense minister on Thursday said the Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter program is on the right track after a major restructuring in 2010, with the cost of the new stealth warplane coming down and most technical issues solved.
But Ine Eriksen Søreide, who became defense minister in October, told Reuters that Norway was keeping a close eye on the program’s costs, software development, prospects for industrial participation by Norwegian industry, and how the planes will be serviced once they are delivered to Europe.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Uncertainty about U.S. budget levels is limiting the prospects for increased merger and acquisition activity in the defense industry, Sean O’Keefe, chief executive officer of the U.S. operations of Europe’s Airbus, said on Tuesday.
“There’s lots of churn, but I don’t get the sense that there’s going to be a lot of immediate action,” O’Keefe told Reuters in an interview after announcing that he will resign, effective March 1, for health reasons.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Allan McArtor, who heads Airbus (AIR.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) U.S. commercial operations, will take over as chairman and chief executive of the overall U.S. unit of the European weapons and planemaker on March 1, replacing Sean O’Keefe, the company said Tuesday.
Airbus said O’Keefe, who turns 58 later this month, is resigning to focus on his continuing recovery after he survived a 2010 plane crash in Alaska that killed five people, including former U.S. Senator Ted Stevens.
WASHINGTON, Jan 6 (Reuters) – The U.S. Commerce Department
on Monday issued a rare emergency order aimed at blocking the
illegal re-export of two large, used U.S.-built commercial jet
engines to Iran by a company based in Turkey.
Assistant Commerce Secretary David Mills, who oversees
export enforcement, signed the order on Friday after learning
that Turkish-based 3K Aviation Consulting & Logistics planned to
re-export two engines built by General Electric Co to
Iran on Tuesday using Pouya Airline, an Iranian cargo airline.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon repeatedly waived laws banning Chinese-built components on U.S. weapons in order to keep the $392 billion Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter program on track in 2012 and 2013, even as U.S. officials were voicing concern about China’s espionage and military buildup.
According to Pentagon documents reviewed by Reuters, chief U.S. arms buyer Frank Kendall allowed two F-35 suppliers, Northrop Grumman Corp and Honeywell International Inc, to use Chinese magnets for the new warplane’s radar system, landing gears and other hardware. Without the waivers, both companies could have faced sanctions for violating federal law and the F-35 program could have faced further delays.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon’s recent focus on pricing has led to “remarkable progress” in cutting the cost of the Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter program, but the plane still costs more than it should to build and operate, Director of Defense Pricing Shay Assad said.
“We’re making progress. We’re doing OK, but we have a long way to go to get to what a Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) should cost,” Assad said in an interview last week.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Brazil’s decision to buy Swedish fighter jets instead of F/A-18 Super Hornets from Boeing eliminates its most promising foreign-sales prospect just as the U.S. company faces critical decisions about extending the jet’s production line past 2016.
The loss of the $4.5 billion contract for 36 planes is the latest blow to Boeing’s defense division, whose F-15 fighter jet last month lost a potential 60-plane order from South Korea to Lockheed Martin Corp’s next-generation F-35 fighter.