WASHINGTON/MONTREAL Sept 24 (Reuters) – Canada’s Bombardier
Inc expects to complete the final certification
testing of its smaller new CSeries narrow-body commercial jet by
the week of Nov. 23, a key milestone toward the plane being
certified, four sources briefed on the plan said.
The Montreal-based manufacturer declined on Thursday to
confirm the testing schedule, but said it still expects
certification of the 110-seater CS100 by year’s end, followed by
the jet’s entry into service in the first half of 2016.
WASHINGTON, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp
said on Thursday that U.S. officials have approved its $9
billion takeover of Black Hawk helicopter maker Sikorsky
Aircraft from United Technologies Corp.
In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange
Commission, the company said authorities in Japan and South
Korea had also approved the deal, but it was waiting for other
FORT WORTH, Texas (Reuters) – The U.S. Navy’s next round of carrier testing of the Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) F-35C stealth fighter jet will include new helmets and jets fully loaded with internal weapons, a company official told Reuters.
During the tests, scheduled for the first two weeks of October, two F-35s will also test the Joint Precision Approach and Landing System (JPALS), an all-weather, GPS-guided landing system being designed by Raytheon Co (RTN.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), Lockheed’s F-35 program manager, Lorraine Martin, said in an interview. She spoke after a ceremony for the rollout of the first of the 52 F-35s that Norway will buy.
FORT WORTH, Texas, Sept 22 (Reuters) – United Launch
Alliance, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Corp and
Boeing Co, on Tuesday said it had selected Orbital ATK
as the sole provider of solid rocket motors for its Atlas
V and Vulcan launch vehicles from 2019.
The news spells a serious setback for rival engine maker
Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc, which currently
supplies solid rocket motors to ULA for the Atlas rocket.
Industry sources said the decision could force Aerojet to
re-evaluate the future of the large Sacramento facility where it
builds the motors, particularly if it loses out on other orders.
FORT WORTH, Texas (Reuters) – The U.S. Defense Department on Tuesday said it hopes to reach agreement this fall with Lockheed Martin Corp on contracts for the next two batches of F-35 fighter jets in a deal that could be worth $15 billion.
“We’re still in negotiations,” Frank Kendall, defense undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, told reporters after a ceremony marking the rollout of the first F-35 jet built for Norway. “I hope that they’ll conclude by this fall.”
FORT WORTH, Texas, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Top Norwegian
officials on Monday underscored their commitment to buying up to
52 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets in coming
years, saying the stealthy jet’s capabilities provided an
important counterweight to Russia’s military buildup and
increased military flights in the region.
Norwegian Defense Minister Ine Eriksen Soereide told Reuters
that Norway was concerned about what she called an “obvious
projection of power” by Russia in the Baltic Sea region, where
Russian military flights increased threefold from 2013 to 2014.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, keen to expand the number of women and minorities in military leadership, on Monday will endorse “Lean In” discussion groups sparked by Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg’s bestselling book, a senior defense official said.
Carter and Sandberg will meet at the Pentagon with 15 women from all ranks and military services who already lead Lean In groups, followed by a news conference, where Carter will promote creation of more such groups, at government facilities and even during working hours.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – More U.S. companies are considering moving plants overseas given concerns about the shutdown of the U.S. Export-Import Bank, the largest U.S. aerospace trade group said Friday, a day after General Electric Co (GE.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) announced plans to build a $400 million turboprop engine plant in Europe.
David Melcher, president of the Aerospace Industries Association, said he expected similar announcements from Boeing Co (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and other companies, which are already losing business due to lack of access to U.S. trade credits.
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (Reuters) – The U.S. Defense Department is building a massive, electronic system to provide an overview of the vulnerabilities of the military’s computer networks, weapons systems, and installations, and help officials prioritize how to fix them, the deputy commander of U.S. Cyber Command said on Thursday.
Air Force Lieutenant General Kevin McLaughlin told Reuters officials should reach agreement on a framework within months, with a goal of turning the system into an automated “scorecard” in coming years.
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (Reuters) – U.S. Cyber Command is building a massive, electronic system to provide an overview of the vulnerabilities of the military’s computer networks, weapons system and installations and help officials prioritize how to fix them, its deputy commander said on Thursday.
Lieutenant General Kevin McLaughlin told Reuters officials should reach agreement on the framework within months, turning the system into an automated “scorecard” in coming years.