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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
program.

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.

Oct 7, 2014

Raytheon eyes deal with Qatar on Patriot system before year-end

WASHINGTON, Oct 7 (Reuters) – Raytheon Co expects
Qatar and the U.S. government to complete a long-awaited
multibillion-dollar agreement on a “significant” number of
Patriot missile defense systems before year end, a senior
company official told Reuters on Tuesday.

Tim Glaeser, vice president with Raytheon’s integrated
defense systems business, gave no exact details on the cost and
number of Patriot batteries involved, but said he expected the
two sides to reach a deal within the next four to eight weeks.

Oct 6, 2014

Raytheon wins deal for next-generation U.S. Air Force radar

WASHINGTON, Oct 6 (Reuters) – Raytheon Co beat out
Lockheed Martin Corp and Northrop Grumman Corp
for a contract to build a next-generation long-range radar
system for the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Defense Department said
on Monday.

The award marks another significant win for Raytheon in the
radar market, a deal valued at around $1 billion, and kicks off
the next phase of a program begun in 2009, when the Air Force
funded work on full-scale prototypes by all three companies.

Oct 6, 2014

Boeing to build some 777X parts in St. Louis: sources

PARIS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Boeing Co (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) plans to start building some parts of its 777X commercial airliner at the company’s huge defense business facility in St. Louis, a move that will add hundreds of jobs in several years, according to sources familiar with the decision.

The news comes days after Boeing announced plans to shift defense services and support work out of Washington state, a separate and unrelated decision that could also add hundreds of jobs to the St. Louis area, the sources said on Monday.

Oct 2, 2014

NATO general calls for ‘more bang for the buck’ from arms makers

WASHINGTON, Oct 2 (Reuters) – A top NATO general on Thursday
said the alliance needed “more bang for the buck” when it comes
to defense equipment, and urged arms makers to work on making it
easier for countries to use laser-guided missiles and other
weapons on a range of platforms.

Danish Army General Knud Bartels, chairman of NATO’s defense
committee, told U.S. defense writers that industry needed to
look beyond pure profits and find ways to help NATO buy weapons
more efficiently under the alliance’s new “smart defense”
initiative, including possible bulk buys across member states.