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Nov 18, 2013

Boeing executives upbeat about future of F/A-18 fighter

DUBAI, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Top Boeing Co executives
are upbeat about the future of the F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter
jet and see a good chance of winning additional U.S. and
international orders that would keep the production line running
past 2016.

Boeing Chief Executive Jim McNerney told reporters at the
Dubai Airshow it was difficult to predict future orders given
continued uncertainty about the U.S. budget.

Nov 18, 2013

Airshow – Despite diplomatic spats, U.S. arms firms trust in Mideast

LONDON/DUBAI (Reuters) – For U.S. arms firms flocking to the Dubai Airshow this week, the Middle East has never been more important – the second fastest growing market after Asia as western defence spending shrinks.

But they face an awkward reality: an apparently ever-growing gap between Washington and its closest regional allies.

Nov 18, 2013

Despite diplomatic spats, U.S. arms firms trust in Mideast

LONDON/DUBAI (Reuters) – For U.S. arms firms flocking to the Dubai Airshow this week, the Middle East has never been more important – the second fastest growing market after Asia as western defense spending shrinks.

But they face an awkward reality: an apparently ever-growing gap between Washington and its closest regional allies.

Nov 18, 2013

U.S. military sees growth in foreign sales of V-22 Osprey

DUBAI, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Foreign sales of the V-22
tilt-rotor aircraft built by Boeing Co and Bell
Helicopter could grow significantly in the “very near future,”
top U.S. military officials said, citing interest in both
military uses and for VIP transports.

Marine Corps Colonel Dan Robinson, who heads the Pentagon’s
V-22 joint program office, said the U.S. military’s increased
use of the V-22 or Osprey around the globe was spurring demand.

Nov 17, 2013

Boeing shows off F/A-18 fighter as production end looms

DUBAI, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Boeing’s chief F/A-18 test
pilot pulled the nose of the Super Hornet up into a steep
40-degree angle, then tilted the wings to the left and right, as
he demonstrated the popular Navy fighter jet’s ability to
maneuver, even when under attack.

Loops, pirouettes and even a freefall on the plane’s back
followed during a demonstration flight on the opening day of the
Dubai Airshow, where Boeing is showcasing a broad array of
warplanes, including the F/A-18E/F, its C-17 transport planes
and the P-8A maritime surveillance plane.

Nov 16, 2013

Northrop Grumman aims for bigger role in UAE arms sales

DUBAI, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Northrop Grumman Corp
hopes to expand its ties to the United Arab Emirates in coming
years, including the potential sale of its E-2D airborne early
warning radar planes, the company’s new chief executive for the
UAE said on Saturday.

“There are incredible opportunities here,” Douglas Raaberg,
a former senior U.S. Air Force official who joined Northrop in
2010, told Reuters in an interview after the Dubai International
Air Chiefs conference. Raaberg was named last month as
Northrop’s first chief executive officer for UAE.

Nov 16, 2013

Turkish move on China missile deal not final: official

DUBAI (Reuters) – The head of the Turkish air force said on Saturday his country’s decision to buy a $3.4 billion missile defense system from a Chinese company was not final, and could still change.

General Akin Ozturk, commander of the Turkish Air Force, also said he did not see any linkage between Turkey’s interest in buying F-35 fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and the missile defense procurement process.

Nov 16, 2013

Turkish move on China missile deal not final-official

DUBAI, Nov 16 (Reuters) – The head of the Turkish air force
said on Saturday his country’s decision to buy a $3.4 billion
missile defense system from a Chinese company was not final, and
could still change.

General Akin Ozturk, commander of the Turkish Air Force,
also said he did not see any linkage between Turkey’s interest
in buying F-35 fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp
and the missile defense procurement process.

Nov 15, 2013

S. Korea Joint Chiefs set to back deal for 40 Lockheed F-35s -sources

DUBAI, Nov 15 (Reuters) – South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of
Staff were expected to endorse an “all F-35 buy” of 40 Lockheed
Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets and an option for 20 more
at a meeting on Nov. 22, two sources familiar with the
competition said on Friday.

The Joint Chiefs’ decision must be approved by a committee
chaired by the South Korean defense minister at a meeting in
early December, according to the sources, who declined to be
identified because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

Nov 13, 2013

U.S. GAO rules for BAE Systems in Navy contract protest

WASHINGTON, Nov 13 (Reuters) – The U.S. Government
Accountability Office (GAO) on Wednesday ruled in favor of BAE
Systems PLC in the British company’s protest of a U.S.
Navy decision to award to Raytheon Co a contract for a
next-generation electronic jammer, BAE and the Navy said.

The ruling reopens the procurement process for the jammer,
but it was not immediately clear when the contract bidding would
resume.