WASHINGTON, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp
may need to update the F-35 fighter jet’s software after issues
arose during testing, but that should not delay the U.S. Marine
Corp’s plan to declare the jet ready for initial combat use in
July, the head of the company’s aeronautics division said
Orlando Carvalho, executive vice president for Lockheed
Aeronautics, told Reuters that some issues had come up during
testing with radar tracking in the fighter jet’s mission systems
software, but that they were “manageable” before the July target
WASHINGTON, Feb 17 (Reuters) – The U.S. government on
Tuesday established a policy for exports of military and
commercial drones, including armed ones, and plans to work with
other countries to shape global standards for the use of the
controversial weapons systems.
The State Department said it would allow exports of lethal
U.S. military drones under strict conditions, including that
sales must be made through government programs and that
recipient nations must agree to certain “end-use assurances.”
ROME/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Italy plans to maintain its order for 90 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets, despite political pressure to slash spending on the planes, after winning a major maintenance contract, sources in Rome and the U.S. told Reuters.
Lawmakers from Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s ruling Democratic Party in May called for the government to halve spending on the project, while some opposition parties want it dropped completely.
WASHINGTON, Feb 13 (Reuters) – GenCorp Inc Chief
Executive Officer Scott Seymour on Friday took over as head of
the company’s Aerojet Rocketdyne unit after the abrupt departure
of its president, Warren Boley.
Boley’s departure was effective immediately, said GenCorp
spokesman Glenn Mahone. He said Seymour would remain chief
executive and president of the parent company, which makes
equipment for the aerospace and defense sector.
WASHINGTON, Feb 11 (Reuters) – Boeing Co on Wednesday
announced a major restructuring of its defense and space
business to tighten oversight of the troubled $52 billion KC-46A
aerial tanker and other key development programs, cut costs and
keep programs on schedule.
Chris Chadwick, president and chief executive officer of
Boeing’s $31 billion Defense, Space & Security business, or BDS,
said a new organization would oversee six key development
programs, just as Boeing has a separate group to oversee
development of new commercial airplanes.
WASHINGTON/SYDNEY, Feb 10 (Reuters) – Australia has picked
Britain’s BAE Systems to carry out heavy maintenance of
Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35 fighter jet in Australia
from 2018 and Tasman Aviation Enterprises (TAE) to service its
engines, its defence minister said on Tuesday.
Sources in the United States familiar with the decision, who
were not authorised to speak publicly, had confirmed the deal to
Reuters on Monday.
WASHINGTON, Feb 6 (Reuters) – The U.S. Navy on Friday
announced further actions to fix wiring and fuel line problems
on its CH-53E and MH-53E heavy-lift helicopters that caused a
deadly crash in January 2014, including a temporary ban on
in-flight fuel transfers.
The Navy also said it would send 10 teams of experts to help
Navy and Marine Corps mechanics inspect and resolve specific
wiring and fuel line problems, according to a statement posted
by Naval Air Systems Command, also known as Navair.
WASHINGTON, Feb 6 (Reuters) – A $1.6 billion ground control
system being developed by Raytheon Co for Global
Positioning System (GPS)satellites passed a Pentagon review, but
will be monitored to ensure it stays on track, a senior Air
Force official said on Friday.
Major General Roger Teague, director of space programs for
the Air Force acquisition chief, told reporters Thursday’s
review by chief arms buyer Frank Kendall went well, but program
officials and the contractor got “tough marching orders” to
stick to schedule and cost targets.
By Andrea Shalal and Subrat Patnaik
(Reuters) – Harris Corp (HRS.N: Quote, Profile, Research) will buy Exelis Inc (XLS.N: Quote, Profile, Research) in a deal valued at about $4.75 billion, combining two big suppliers to the U.S. military at a time when the government is squeezing spending on defense.
Shares of Exelis soared as much as 37.4 percent to a record $24.34 on Friday, topping the $23.75 per share cash-and-stock offer from Harris.
WASHINGTON, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Northrop Grumman Corp
said on Friday it is designing and already building a new
aircraft for the upcoming U.S. Air Force T-X competition to
build 350 new training planes, an $11 billion program that
analysts say could double in value in coming years.
Northrop, which built the B-2 stealth bomber and makes the
center fuselage of the F-35 fighter jet, said it planned to fly
a prototype of the new trainer for the first time this year.