WASHINGTON, May 8 (Reuters) – China has the most rapidly
growing space program in the world, and continues to develop
lasers, satellite jammers and other weapons aimed at the
space-based assets of adversaries, a new U.S. report said on
China has also built a “vast ground infrastructure” to
build, launch and control satellites, said the U.S. Defense
Department’s annual report to Congress on military and security
issues related to China.
WASHINGTON, May 7 (Reuters) – Boeing Co will struggle
to boost international sales of its F/A-18E/F Super Hornet
fighter jets despite a $3-billion-plus deal expected soon with
Kuwait, analysts and industry executives said.
On Wednesday, Reuters reported that Kuwait is poised to
announce in coming weeks an order for 28 Super Hornets. On
Thursday, people familiar with the Kuwait deal said it also
includes options for up to 12 additional jets.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Kuwait is expected to announce in coming weeks an order for 28 Boeing Co (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, a $3 billion-plus deal that will keep the jets’ St. Louis production line running well into 2019, according to people familiar with the deal.
Kuwait, which operates a fleet of earlier F/A-18 models, has signed a formal letter stating its firm plans to buy newer-model Boeing jets, according to one of the people who is familiar with the deal but was not authorized to speak publicly.
WASHINGTON, May 6 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama is
expected to make a renewed U.S. push next week to help Gulf
allies create a region-wide defense system to guard against
Iranian missiles as he seeks to allay their anxieties over any
nuclear deal with Tehran, according to U.S. sources.
The offer could be accompanied by enhanced security
commitments, new arms sales and more joint military exercises,
U.S. officials say, as Obama tries to reassure Gulf Arab
countries that Washington is not abandoning them.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force may have to revisit its strategy to develop a new U.S.-fueled launch vehicle aimed at ending American reliance on Russian rocket engines if U.S. companies fail to bid to build prototypes for the government, a senior general said Tuesday.
Lieutenant General Ellen Pawlikowski, the Air Force’s top military acquisition official, said she had received positive feedback from some companies about a draft request for proposals on the Air Force’s approach, but other companies were “not so happy”. She declined to name the firms.
WASHINGTON, April 30 (Reuters) – U.S. Navy Secretary Ray
Mabus on Thursday warned that congressional plans for a
piecemeal modernization of 11 cruisers would cost billions of
dollars more than the Navy’s original plan and meant the
warships would have to be retired earlier.
Mabus acknowledged concerns voiced by some lawmakers that
the Navy secretly planned to decommission 11 cruisers instead of
modernizing them, but said “not one of those things is correct.”
WASHINGTON, April 29 (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force said on
Wednesday it could award contracts for prototypes of new
U.S.-fueled launch vehicles as early as September, a key step to
ending U.S. reliance on using Russian rocket engines to launch
military and intelligence satellites.
Air Force Secretary Deborah James told a subcommittee of the
Senate Armed Services Committee that the Air Force planned to
use a different contract type called “other transactional
authority,” instead of a standard defense contract to accelerate
the process, given the urgency Congress has put on developing a
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force on Wednesday said it plans to launch an aging weather satellite at an expected cost of hundreds of millions of dollars to prevent a gap in forecasting capability and provide another competitive launch opportunity for privately held Space Exploration Technologies Inc, or SpaceX.
General John Hyten, who heads Air Force Space Command, and Air Force Secretary Deborah James, said a decision had been made to launch the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) Flight 20 satellite, which was built in the 1990s.
(Reuters) – U.S. arms maker Northrop Grumman Corp (NOC.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) on Wednesday said first quarter earnings were weakened by pension adjustments and tighter aerospace margins, but profits and sales topped Wall Street forecasts and the company raised its full year outlook.
Northrop, which makes unmanned planes and electronic equipment, posted a 16 percent drop in net earnings and a 2 percent increase in revenue, while operating margin from its business segments dipped to 12.3 percent from 12.9 percent.
April 29 (Reuters) – U.S. arms maker Northrop Grumman Corp
on Wednesday said first quarter earnings were weakened
by pension adjustments and tighter aerospace margins, but
profits and sales topped Wall Street forecasts and the company
raised its full year outlook.
Northrop, which makes unmanned planes and electronic
equipment, posted a 16 percent drop in net earnings and a 2
percent increase in revenue, while operating margin from its
business segments dipped to 12.3 percent from 12.9 percent.