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Feb 19, 2014

Lockheed enables Apache helicopter pilots to see targets in color

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama (Reuters) – The U.S. Army has unveiled new technology that will for the first time allow AH-64 Apache helicopter pilots to see targeting and surveillance data in full, high-resolution color, instead of the fuzzy black and white images they get now.

An Army official said new sensors developed by Lockheed Martin Corp over the past four years could help avoid mistakes such as the 2007 attack by two U.S. Apache helicopters that killed 12 people in Baghdad, including two Reuters news staff, after they were mistaken for armed insurgents.

Feb 14, 2014

General Dynamics Canada wins Saudi deal worth up to $13 billion

OTTAWA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. weapons maker General Dynamics Corp (GD.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has won a contract worth up to $13 billion for its Canadian division to build light-armored vehicles for Saudi Arabia, in what Ottawa said was the largest advanced manufacturing export win in Canadian history.

General Dynamics said on Friday the 14-year contract for military and commercial vehicles and training and support services has a value of $10 billion, but could be worth about $13 billion if all options were exercised.

Feb 14, 2014

Boeing looks to U.S. Congress to fund fighters after Navy skips orders

WASHINGTON, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Boeing Co is mounting
a last-ditch campaign to convince U.S. lawmakers to buy more
fighter jets and stave off a shutdown of a St. Louis production
line after the U.S. Navy failed to fund the jets.

The Navy’s fiscal 2015 budget plan omits funding for any
extra F/A-18E/F Super Hornets or EA-18G Growlers, according to
several sources familiar with the issue. The White House is due
to submit its 2015 budget request to Congress on March 4.

Feb 12, 2014

35 order seen next month, US orders seen down – sources

WASHINGTON, Feb 11 (Reuters) – Britain is still expected to
order 14 F-35 fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp
although the $5 billion deal may not be finalized until next
month, several sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

The UK deal, which includes fuel, hangars, training and
operational support for the jets, was initially expected this
week but British authorities put off the announcement to avoid
overlapping with the release of a major assessment of weapons
systems by Britain’s National Audit Office, the sources said.

Feb 11, 2014

Lockheed inks deal to produce energy from ocean waves in Australia

WASHINGTON, Feb 11 (Reuters) – Top U.S. arms maker Lockheed
Martin Corp on Tuesday said it had signed an agreement
with a unit of Ocean Power Technologies Inc to harness
the motion of ocean waves to generate electricity off the coast
of Victoria, Australia.

The A$230 million ($205.68 million) deal will produce the
world’s largest wave energy project using power buoys designed
by Ocean Power Technologies that tap energy from the surface
motion of waves.

Feb 7, 2014

Exclusive: Pentagon to boost missile defense spending by over $4 billion: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Defense Department plans to ask Congress for $4.5 billion in extra missile defense funding over the next five years as part of the fiscal 2015 budget request, say congressional sources and an expert.

Nearly $1 billion of that sum will pay for a new homeland defense radar to be placed in Alaska, with an additional $560 million to fund work on a new interceptor after several failed flight tests, said Riki Ellison, founder of the nonprofit Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance, and two of the congressional sources, who were not authorized to speak publicly.

Feb 6, 2014

Congress must bite the bullet on military budget -U.S. legislator

WASHINGTON, Feb 6 (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers need to drop
parochial interests and make tough decisions about U.S. military
bases, personnel costs and arms programs given continued
pressure to reduce federal deficits, the top Democrat on the
House Armed Services Committee said Thursday.

“There is going to be a sustained period of pressure on the
budget of the federal government, and I don’t see that letting
up soon,” said Representative Adam Smith from Washington state,
but added many lawmakers had not yet accepted that fact.

Feb 5, 2014

Satellites, electronics next in U.S. export control reform

WASHINGTON, Feb 4 (Reuters) – The U.S. government is making
“great strides” in its drive to reform unwieldy export rules,
and expects to unveil proposed changes covering exports of
satellites, electronics and chemicals this year, a senior White
House official said Tuesday.

Caroline Atkinson, deputy national security adviser for
international economics, said an inter-agency working group had
already modified regulations for 13 of 21 categories on the U.S.
Munitions list, which together account for about $80 billion in
U.S. exports and support about 450,000 U.S. jobs.

Feb 3, 2014

Lockheed launches civil version of C-130J military transport plane

WASHINGTON, Feb 3 (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp
on Monday launched the civil variant of its C-130J Super
Hercules military transport plane, the LM-100J, saying it
expected to sell about 75 of the planes to mining and energy
companies, and other commercial and government customers in
coming years.

Lockheed said it had asked the U.S. Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) to certify the LM-100J, which will mirror
the four-engine C-130J military workhorse, but without military
avionics and communications equipment.

Feb 1, 2014

Pentagon to further study 4 possible East Coast missile defense sites

WASHINGTON, Jan 31 (Reuters) – The U.S. Defense Department
said on Friday it would conduct environmental impact studies for
four possible missile defense sites in the eastern United States
but stressed it had not yet decided to proceed with
construction.

Congress, worried about Iran’s efforts to develop
intercontinental ballistic missiles, is urging the Pentagon to
commit to an East Coast site. Defense officials say current
interceptors on the West Coast can defend the country against
possible missile attacks, and an extra interceptor site would
add enormous costs to a military budget already under pressure.