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Nov 7, 2014

U.S., Canada eye option for four F-35 deliveries in 2017: sources

OTTAWA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Canada could take delivery of an initial four F-35 fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp in 2017 under an agreement with the U.S. military, although no final decision has been made, sources familiar with the matter said on Friday.

An Oct. 27 briefing chart prepared by the Pentagon’s F-35 Joint Program Office maps out plans for the U.S. Air Force to defer four of 26 F-35A purchases in a ninth batch of low-rate production jets, which would allow Canada to take those slots, said the sources, who were not authorized to speak publicly.

Nov 7, 2014

U.S., Canada eye option for 4 F-35 deliveries in 2017-sources

OTTAWA/WASHINGTON, Nov 7 (Reuters) – Canada could take
delivery of an initial four F-35 fighter jets built by Lockheed
Martin Corp in 2017 under an agreement with the U.S.
military, although no final decision has been made, sources
familiar with the matter said on Friday.

An Oct. 27 briefing chart prepared by the Pentagon’s F-35
Joint Program Office maps out plans for the U.S. Air Force to
defer four of 26 F-35A purchases in a ninth batch of low-rate
production jets, which would allow Canada to take those slots,
said the sources, who were not authorized to speak publicly.

Nov 7, 2014

U.S. space industry girds for more oversight after accidents

WASHINGTON, Nov 6 (Reuters) – Executives in the fledgling
commercial U.S. space industry are bracing for increased
scrutiny and oversight after two accidents last week, including
one that killed a pilot, but say they view the mishaps as
temporary setbacks that will not halt launches.

Mark Sirangelo, who leads the space division of privately
held Sierra Nevada Corp, told industry executives Thursday that
he expected the industry to learn from the accidents and urged a
measured response by lawmakers.

Nov 7, 2014

U.S. Aegis system zaps cruise, ballistic missile targets in test

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Aegis missile defense system on Thursday destroyed two cruise missile targets and one ballistic missile target nearly simultaneously in a test conducted by a U.S. Navy destroyer off the coast of Hawaii, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency said.

The test, which took place just after noon Hawaii time, validated a new upgrade of the Aegis missile defense system built by Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), and two different missiles built by Raytheon Co (RTN.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), the agency said.

Nov 6, 2014

U.S. Air Force studying ways to keep F-35 target date on track

WASHINGTON, Nov 6 (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force is studying
ways to meet its August 2016 target for declaring the new
Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jet ready for use in
combat, despite an unexpected shortage of mechanics, a top Air
Force general said on Thursday.

Lieutenant General Stephen Hoog, assistant vice chief of
staff of the Air Force, confirmed that the timeline was in
jeopardy because congressional moves to block the retirement of
the A-10 aircraft meant the Air Force would be unable to shift
the required number of expert mechanics to the F-35 program.

Nov 5, 2014

South Korea cancels F-16 upgrade deal with BAE Systems: Pentagon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government on Wednesday said it had canceled, at the request of South Korea, a preliminary contract with the U.S. unit of Britain’s BAE Systems (BAES.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) to upgrade 134 F-16 fighter jets, ending a major arms deal initially valued at $1.7 billion.

The unusual move, announced by the Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency, paves the way for South Korea to pursue a similar upgrade deal with Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), the warplanes’ original manufacturer.

Nov 5, 2014

McCain could shake up U.S. defense in powerful new Senate role

WASHINGTON, Nov 5 (Reuters) – Senator John McCain’s voice
just got a whole lot louder.

One of President Barack Obama’s noisiest detractors, McCain
is expected to take the helm of the powerful Armed Services
Committee in the new Republican-controlled U.S. Senate when the
U.S. Congress convenes in January.

Nov 3, 2014

Lockheed F-35 fighter jet lands on U.S. aircraft carrier: spokesman

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The first of two Lockheed Martin Corp F-35C fighter jets landed successfully on the USS Nimitz off the coast of San Diego on Monday, marking the new warplane’s first landing on an aircraft carrier using its tailhook system, the Pentagon said.

Joe DellaVedova, spokesman for the Pentagon’s F-35 joint program office, said the landing was part of a two-week sea-based test that runs through Nov. 17.

Oct 31, 2014

Lack of mechanics threatens U.S. Air Force target date for F-35

WASHINGTON, Oct 30 (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force may miss
its target of August 2016 to start using the Lockheed Martin
Corp F-35 fighter jet in combat if Congress blocks the
service’s plan to retire its A-10 tank-killer aircraft, a top
U.S. general said Thursday.

Air Force Lieutenant General Chris Bogdan, the Pentagon’s
F-35 program chief, told reporters the Air Force was counting on
training experienced A-10 mechanics to help reach the total
1,100 mechanics needed to declare that the F-35 had reached
“initial operational capability” or IOC.

Oct 31, 2014

Boeing exec says NASA crash underscores need for new U.S. engine

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The crash of an unmanned Orbital Sciences Antares rocket is a “wake-up call” to the U.S. space community about the need to develop a new U.S. rocket engine, the head of Boeing Co’s defense division said on Thursday.

Chris Chadwick, chief executive of Boeing Defense, Space and Security, said the failure of the rocket on Tuesday was a “sad and tragic” reminder that the space business was complex and difficult, but he did not expect a lasting setback to the overall industry.