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Oct 15, 2014

U.S. lags Europe in weather forecasting, investment needed -Navy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A top Navy official called for the U.S. government to develop a better unified weather forecasting model to regain a competitive edge now held by Europe, given the growing threats posed by climate change and rising sea levels.

The U.S. effort deserves a grade of “C,” Rear Admiral Jonathan White, the Navy’s top oceanographer and navigator, told the Reuters Global Climate Change Summit.

Oct 15, 2014

Lockheed says makes breakthrough on fusion energy project

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp said on Wednesday it had made a technological breakthrough in developing a power source based on nuclear fusion, and the first reactors, small enough to fit on the back of a truck, could be ready in a decade.

Tom McGuire, who heads the project, said he and a small team had been working on fusion energy at Lockheed’s secretive Skunk Works for about four years, but were now going public to find potential partners in industry and government for their work.

Oct 15, 2014

Pratt & Whitney signs deal with Pentagon for next F-35 engines

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon on Tuesday said it had finalized a contract with Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp (UTX.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), for a seventh batch of F135 engines for the Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) F-35 fighter jet, and the company had agreed to pay to fix an engine issue that grounded the F-35 fleet this summer.

The U.S. Defense Department said its new $592 million contract with Pratt would cover 36 engines, adding to an earlier advanced procurement contract worth $88 million. The company also won a maintenance contract worth $263 million in December.

Oct 14, 2014

Kongsberg sees billions of dollars in possible missile sales

WASHINGTON, Oct 13 (Reuters) – Kongsberg Gruppen ASA
says its Naval Strike Missile (NSM) and a sister
missile developed to go into the bomb bay of the F-35 fighter
jet could generate billions of dollars of new revenues for the
Norwegian company in coming years.

Walter Qvam, president and chief executive of Kongsberg,
told Reuters that Russian aggression in Ukraine was seen as a
“serious new situation” in Europe, and was already starting to
drive European defense spending higher. Kongsberg was seeing
higher demand for its air-defense system, he said.

Oct 14, 2014

U.S. Army eyes big cost cut in 5-year Apache deal with Boeing

WASHINGTON, Oct 13 (Reuters) – The U.S. Army on Monday said
it expected to secure a 10-percent or greater cost reduction as
part of a five-year agreement with Boeing Co for more
Apache AH-64 attack helicopters that it hopes to negotiate for
fiscal year 2017 and beyond.

U.S. Army Colonel Jeff Hager, Apache program manager, told
reporters the Army still needed approval from Pentagon leaders
to proceed, but such a deal would provide greater stability to
Army leaders, Boeing and the larger industrial base.

Oct 13, 2014

U.S. Army says it faces huge equipment, training risks with budget cuts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Army warned on Monday that mandatory budget cuts due to resume in fiscal 2016 would be devastating to a service that is already facing huge risks as it tries to keep forces ready for battle, replace aging equipment and respond to crises around the world.

“We have to have a national security debate … because there is too much going on,” U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno told reporters at the annual Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) conference.

Oct 9, 2014

U.S. Air Force probed for scrapping costly planes bought for Afghans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. government watchdog agency is asking the Air Force to explain why it decided to destroy 16 aircraft initially bought for the Afgan air force and turn them into $32,000 of scrap metal instead of finding other ways to salvage nearly $500 million in U.S. funds spent on the program.

John Sopko, special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, asked Air Force Secretary Deborah James to document all decisions made about the destruction of the 16 C-27J aircraft that were stored at Kabul International Airport for years, and what the service planned to do with four additional planes now in Germany.

Oct 9, 2014

U.S. Navy underscores need for ‘lasting fix’ for F-35 engine issue

WASHINGTON, Oct 9 (Reuters) – The U.S. military needs a
“lasting” fix to the engine issue that grounded the F-35 fighter
fleet for several weeks this summer, given the importance of the
most advanced U.S. fighter jet for decades to come, a top U.S.
Navy official said this week.

Rear Admiral Mark Darrah, chief engineer for the Navy’s
Naval Air Systems Command, said the Navy was working closely
with F-35 maker Lockheed Martin Corp, engine
manufacturer Pratt & Whitney, which is a unit of United
Technologies Corp, the Air Force and the Pentagon’s F-35

Oct 8, 2014

US Navy uses prototypes, in-house know-how to speed weapons work

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Navy this month launched “AIRWorks,” an initiative modeled on Lockheed Martin Corp’s Skunk Works and Boeing Co’s Phantom Works divisions that aims to develop new weapons more quickly to meet U.S. military needs.

AIRWorks completed several projects over the past year even as it took shape. They included bulletproofing V-22 tiltrotor aircraft built by Boeing and Textron Inc for the Air Force, and adding rockets to the Fire Scout unmanned helicopter built by Northrop Grumman Corp for the Navy.

Oct 7, 2014

Foreign sales may offset U.S. cost of Raytheon radar-US Air Force

WASHINGTON, Oct 7 (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force said
foreign sales of 50 to 100 of the new long-range radar systems
to be developed by Raytheon Co could help lower the cost
of U.S. purchases in coming years.

Dave Allen, the Air Force’s lead engineer for the
next-generation radar program, said in an interview on Tuesday
that the program was designed from the start with “anti-tamper”
features and other equipment to enable easier exports.