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Jan 20, 2015

Pentagon says classified data on U.S. F-35 jet fighter program remains secure

WASHINGTON, Jan 20 (Reuters) – The Pentagon on Tuesday said
classified data about the $399 billion F-35 fighter jet program
remains secure, despite fresh documents released by NSA
whistleblower Edward Snowden last week which said China stole
“many terabytes” of data about the jet.

The U.S. Defense Department’s F-35 program office said the
latest documents released by the German magazine Der Spiegel
“rehashed” a previously disclosed and reported 2010 incident,
which it said compromised only non-classified data about the new
warplane being built by Lockheed Martin Corp.

Jan 20, 2015

Northrop hires former Pentagon official to head strategy

WASHINGTON, Jan 20 (Reuters) – Northrop Grumman Corp
, one of the biggest U.S. weapons makers, said on Tuesday
it hired Brett Lambert, a former top U.S. defense official and
expert on mergers and acquisitions, to oversee corporate
strategy.

Lambert’s hiring, effective Jan. 26, reflects growing
pressure on Northrop to boost revenues and could help the
company the navigate a future merger, said defense consultant
Loren Thompson, chief operating officer of the Virginia-based
Lexington Institute.

Jan 17, 2015

India may seek other suppliers if U.S. will not sell drones: senator

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – India may buy unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, from other countries if the United States does not ease current export restrictions on such aircraft, a key Democratic senator said on Friday.

Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, who will join President Barack Obama during a trip to India on Jan. 26, said he was concerned that other countries could rush in to sell India the equipment it desires if the United States drags its feet.

Jan 17, 2015

India may seek other suppliers if U.S. will not sell drones – U.S. senator

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – India may buy unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, from other countries if the United States does not ease current export restrictions on such aircraft, a key Democratic senator said on Friday.

Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, who will join President Barack Obama during a trip to India on Jan. 26, said he was concerned that other countries could rush in to sell India the equipment it desires if the United States drags its feet.

Jan 15, 2015

35 jet is said to be on track to meet US combat use targets

WASHINGTON, Jan 15 (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp’s
F-35 fighter jet is on track both to meet the Marine
Corps’s July target to declare the jet ready for combat use and
to meet the Air Force’s target date a year later, top U.S.
military officials said Thursday.

The F-35 B-model, which can take off from shorter runways
and land like a helicopter, was making good progress and should
meet the Marine Corp’s target for initial combat use, Navy
Secretary Ray Mabus told reporters after a speech at the annual
conference of the Surface Navy Association.

Jan 15, 2015

U.S. Navy officials tout V-22 Osprey option for carrier delivery

WASHINGTON, Jan 15 (Reuters) – Purchasing V-22 Osprey
tiltrotor aircraft would have advantages over other options the
U.S. Navy is considering to replace the aging C-2A turboprop
planes that ferry passengers and cargo to aircraft carriers,
officials said on Thursday.

A Jan. 5 memorandum signed by top Navy and Marine Corps
officials described plans to use the V-22, built by Boeing Co
and Textron Inc’s Bell Helicopter unit, instead
of opting for a new plane, or upgrading the existing C-2As.

Jan 15, 2015

U.S. Air Force takes aim at high weapons costs, slow procurement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah James on Wednesday mapped out a series of initiatives aimed at lowering the cost of key weapons systems and getting them fielded sooner, saying that leaner budgets and growing threats made action imperative.

“We have to stop spending more and more to get less and less,” James told an event hosted by the Atlantic Council, a nonprofit Washington think tank. “We are simply too slow in all that we do.”

Jan 15, 2015

Northrop wins U.S. deal worth up to $963.5 mln for ICBM support

WASHINGTON, Jan 14 (Reuters) – Northrop Grumman Corp
beat out Boeing Co to win a contract worth up to $963.5
million to maintain the U.S. stockpile of intercontinental
ballistic missiles, the Pentagon announced on Wednesday.

The contract marks a big win for Northrop Grumman over
Boeing, which built the Minuteman missile systems and had
competed for the support contract.

Jan 15, 2015

U.S. Air Force secretary upbeat on SpaceX certification

WASHINGTON, Jan 14 (Reuters) – U.S. Air Force Secretary
Deborah James said on Wednesday she was disappointed that SpaceX
was not certified to launch military and spy satellites by the
end of December as hoped, but added she was confident the
company would complete the process soon.

James said the Air Force remained committed to completing
the certification process as quickly as possible in order to
reintroduce competition to a market now dominated by United
Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Corp
and Boeing Co, the Pentagon’s two largest suppliers.

Jan 15, 2015

U.S. eyes India drone, C-130 project deals for Obama trip

WASHINGTON, Jan 14 (Reuters) – The United States aims to
secure agreements with India to start pilot projects for joint
production of drones as well as equipment for transport planes
in talks next week ahead of a visit by President Barack Obama, a
U.S. industry source said on Wednesday.

Frank Kendall, U.S. undersecretary of defense for
acquisition, technology and logistics, will be making his fourth
visit to India to promote collaboration on defense technologies
and co-production of weapons systems in an effort to finalize
the projects.