WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Marine Corps on Friday resumed flights of its Lockheed Martin Corp LMT.N F-35B jets that were suspended following a fire on an Air Force F-35A and prepared for the jet’s global debut in Britain next month after the discovery of engine pieces from the F-35A pointed to an issue with that specific model.
“The Marine Corps will resume F-35B flight operations today. We are continuing with our plans to deploy to the UK next month,” said Marine Corps spokesman Captain Richard Ulsh.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sikorsky Aircraft, a unit of United Technologies Corp (UTX.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), said on Thursday it hoped Pentagon officials would realize that reneging on the final year of a five-year helicopter contract would undermine confidence in future deals and drive up costs.
Sam Mehta, president of Sikorsky Defense Systems and Services, said he realized U.S. military officials were in a difficult position given mandatory cuts in defense spending, but that his company and others viewed the Navy’s plan to truncate its multiyear agreement as a “serious concern.”
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sikorsky Aircraft, a unit of United Technologies Corp (UTX.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), won a $1.28 billion contract on Thursday to develop a new combat rescue helicopter for the U.S. Air Force, a deal that could eventually be worth up to $7.9 billion.
The initial contract covers development and delivery of four Combat Rescue Helicopters (CRH) based on the company’s workhorse UH-60 Black Hawk, and caps nearly 15 years of repeated unsuccessful efforts by the Air Force to replace its aging fleet of HH-60G Pave Hawk rescue helicopters.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force has awarded Sikorsky Aircraft, a unit of United Technologies Corp (UTX.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), a $1.28 billion contract to develop a new combat rescue helicopter based on the company’s workhorse UH-60 Black Hawk, the Pentagon said Thursday.
The contract covers development and delivery of four new Combat Rescue Helicopters (CRH) and caps over a decade of repeated unsuccessful efforts by the Air Force to replace its aging fleet of HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters.
WASHINGTON, June 26 (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force widened a
ban on flights of Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35 A-model
fighter jets on Thursday as authorities continue to investigate
a fire on one of the jets this week, but the Navy and Marine
Corps stopped short of a similar blanket move ahead of the
plane’s international debut next month.
“As a precautionary measure, the Air Force has decided to
temporarily suspend all F-35A operations until it is determined
that flights can resume safely,” Air Force spokeswoman Major
Natasha Waggoner said in a statement.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Flights of Lockheed Martin Corp’s LMT.N F-35 fighter jets remained suspended on Wednesday as Air Force officials investigated a fire that damaged one of the jets on Monday, but the Marine Corps said it still plans to send jets to Britain for two air shows next month.
Captain Richard Ulsh said flights of the Marine Corp’s F-35 B-model that can land vertically had been suspended at bases in Florida, Arizona and Maryland, pending the investigation.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon’s top financial officer said on Tuesday the Obama administration would “quite soon” send Congress its 2015 funding request for Afghanistan and other overseas conflicts, but he added it was unlikely to include money for operations in Iraq.
Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale, who will step down in the coming days after more than five years in office, said until President Barack Obama decides whether to take additional steps in Iraq, it is premature to try to present Congress with a funding request.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. weapons makers must focus on affordability and be more upfront about the cost of new, cutting-edge technologies given a large “bow wave” of increased spending facing the Pentagon in the 2020s, Comptroller Robert Hale told Reuters on Tuesday.
Hale, who will leave office soon after five years as the Pentagon’s top financial officer, said he worried that constant increases in military requirements would undermine a range of efforts under way to drive down the cost of weapons systems.
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.
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.