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Nov 14, 2014

U.S. Navy F-35 jet makes first night flight as sea tests near end

ABOARD THE USS NIMITZ, Nov 13 (Reuters) – The U.S. Navy
version of Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35 fighter jet made
its first night flight off an aircraft carrier on Thursday as it
neared the end of two weeks of sea-based testing aboard the USS
Nimitz, Navy and Pentagon officials said.

Two F-35 C-model jets on board the carrier have already met
95 percent of the requirements for the first of three rounds of
sea-based tests, proving to be more reliable and performing
better than expected, Navy test pilots told reporters.

Nov 13, 2014

U.S. Navy strategy for long warship deployment starts in Asia

, Nov 12 (Reuters) – An upcoming 16-month
deployment of the USS Fort Worth, a new coastal warship built by
Lockheed Martin Corp, kicks off a new strategy by the
U.S. Navy that it says will save money and help maintain a
presence overseas despite tighter budgets.

Captain Randy Garner, Commodore of Littoral Combat Ship
(LCS) Squadron One, said the Navy planned to have three crews
for every two Littoral Combat Ships (LCS), rotating them onto
the ships every four months, a big reduction from current
staffing levels that allow crews to remain with their ships.

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.