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Jun 2, 2015

Sikorsky Aircraft cutting jobs, consolidating facilities

WASHINGTON, June 2 (Reuters) – Sikorsky Aircraft, a unit of
United Technologies Corp, on Tuesday said it would cut
1,400 jobs and consolidate facilities, with lower oil prices
sharply reducing demand for helicopters in the oil and gas
sectors, and international military orders down.

Sikorsky spokesman Paul Jackson confirmed the job cuts, in
which workers and the company’s union were notified earlier
Tuesday, but said the move was not related to the parent
company’s ongoing review of strategic options for Sikorsky.

Jun 2, 2015

Sikorsky Aircraft cuts 1,400 jobs, consolidating facilities

WASHINGTON, June 2 (Reuters) – Sikorsky Aircraft, a unit of
United Technologies Corp, on Tuesday said it would cut
1,400 jobs and consolidate facilities, citing sharp declines in
demand for helicopters in the oil and gas sectors, and soft
international sales.

Sikorsky spokesman Paul Jackson confirmed the job cuts, in
which workers and the company’s union were notified earlier
Tuesday.

Jun 2, 2015

Navy Secretary Mabus urges cuts in Pentagon ‘overhead’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus on Tuesday urged budget cutters to target what he called duplicative and ineffective agencies such as the Pentagon’s payment services arm instead of cutting needed weapons programs.

“If you want to look at real money, 20 percent of the Pentagon’s budget – one dollar out of every five – is spent on … the Office of the Secretary of Defense and defense agencies. Pure overhead,” Mabus said during a speech at the conservative American Enterprise Institute think tank.

Jun 2, 2015

Lockheed F-35s get major role in U.S. military exercise

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35 fighter jet will play a major role in a large U.S. military exercise this week for the first time, marking another milestone for the Pentagon’s largest weapons program, Air Force officials said Monday.

The exercise, called “Green Flag West,” tests the U.S. military’s ability to engage in air-to-surface conflicts and helps get ground troops who pinpoint potential air strikes ready for combat.

Jun 2, 2015

(OFFICIAL)-Lockheed F-35s get major role in U.S. military exercise

WASHINGTON, June 1 (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp’s
F-35 fighter jet will play a major role in a large U.S.
military exercise this week for the first time, marking another
milestone for the Pentagon’s largest weapons program, Air Force
officials said Monday.

The exercise, called “Green Flag West,” tests the U.S.
military’s ability to engage in air-to-surface conflicts and
helps get ground troops who pinpoint potential air strikes ready
for combat.

Jun 1, 2015

Lockheed F-35s get first role in major military exercise

WASHINGTON, June 1 (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp’s
F-35 fighter jet will drop weapons and take part in a
major U.S. military exercise this week for the first time,
another milestone for the Pentagon’s largest weapons program,
Air Force officials said Monday.

The exercise, called “Green Flag West,” tests the U.S.
military’s ability to engage in air-to-surface conflicts and
helps get ground troops who pinpoint potential air strikes ready
for combat.

Jun 1, 2015

US Air Force eyes next-gen electronic warfare, not Boeing jets

WASHINGTON, June 1 (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force on Monday
said it aims to meet electronic warfare needs using
next-generation aircraft such as Lockheed Martin Corp’s
F-35 fighter and a new long-range bomber, rather than older
planes like Boeing Co’s EA-18G Growler.

Air Combat Command Commander General Herbert Carlisle said
the F-35 offered “some pretty impressive” electronic warfare
capabilities – consisting of jamming enemy signals to make it
easier for warplanes to bomb targets on the ground and other
offensive actions – though he gave no details.

May 29, 2015

Pentagon eyes three-year block buy of F-35s from fiscal 2018

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon said Friday it would talk to U.S. lawmakers about approving a three-year block buy of Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets beginning in fiscal 2018 that would include U.S. purchases and international buyers.

U.S. Defense Undersecretary Frank Kendall told reporters via teleconference from Oslo, Norway, that such a deal would not constitute a formal “multi-year buy,” but would still require congressional approval.

May 27, 2015

Tests show Lockheed’s F-35B ‘right at home at sea,’ U.S. Marines say

ABOARD THE USS WASP (Reuters) – Nearly two weeks of testing of Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35B fighter jet on an amphibious assault carrier proved the stealthy new warplane can operate and be serviced at sea, U.S. and UK officials said this week, marking another step toward the jet’s readiness for initial combat use by the Marine Corps.

Six F-35 B-model jets, which can take off from shorter runways and land like a helicopter, completed 98 separate flights, logging 73.1 flight hours, on the USS Wasp from May 18 to May 26, said Marine Corps spokesman Major Paul Greenberg.

May 27, 2015

Tests show Lockheed’s F-35B ‘right at home at sea,’ U.S. Marines say

ABOARD THE USS WASP, May 27 (Reuters) – Nearly two weeks of
testing of Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35B fighter jet on
an amphibious assault carrier proved the stealthy new warplane
can operate and be serviced at sea, U.S. and UK officials said
this week, marking another step toward the jet’s readiness for
initial combat use by the Marine Corps.

Six F-35 B-model jets, which can take off from shorter
runways and land like a helicopter, completed 98 separate
flights, logging 73.1 flight hours, on the USS Wasp from May 18
to May 26, said Marine Corps spokesman Major Paul Greenberg.