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Jul 4, 2014

U.S. grounds entire F-35 fleet pending engine inspections

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. military said it had grounded the entire fleet of Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets until completion of additional inspections of the warplane’s single engine built by Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp.

The Pentagon’s F-35 program office, Air Force and Navy issued directives on Thursday ordering the suspension of all F-35 flights after a June 23 fire on an Air Force F-35A jet at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, according to statements by the Pentagon and the F-35 program office.

Jul 2, 2014

Exclusive: U.S., UK officials prepare inspection order for all F-35s

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. and British military officials are working on a joint directive to require mandatory inspections of engines on all Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets, after an Air Force F-35A caught fire at a Florida air base last week, said sources familiar with the situation.

That incident was the latest to hit the Pentagon’s costliest weapons program, the $398.6 billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, and came as the plane was preparing for its international debut at two air shows in Britain.

Jun 30, 2014

U.S. unveils more export control changes, for military electronics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government on Monday published another big batch of changes to export control laws affecting military electronics, and said it was on track to finish reviewing remaining categories for possible streamlining by the end of the year.

Ken Handelman, deputy assistant secretary of state for defense controls, said the latest changes would shift some less sensitive military electronics and components from the State Department’s U.S. Munitions List to the Commerce Department’s list of commercial items, easing exports of those items while maintaining strict controls on more sensitive technologies.

Jun 27, 2014

U.S. Marines resume F-35B flights; F-35A engine parts found after fire

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Marine Corps on Friday resumed flights of its Lockheed Martin Corp LMT.N F-35B jets that were suspended following a fire on an Air Force F-35A and prepared for the jet’s global debut in Britain next month after the discovery of engine pieces from the F-35A pointed to an issue with that specific model.

“The Marine Corps will resume F-35B flight operations today. We are continuing with our plans to deploy to the UK next month,” said Marine Corps spokesman Captain Richard Ulsh.

Jun 27, 2014

Sikorsky warns of consequences if Pentagon breaks multiyear deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sikorsky Aircraft, a unit of United Technologies Corp (UTX.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), said on Thursday it hoped Pentagon officials would realize that reneging on the final year of a five-year helicopter contract would undermine confidence in future deals and drive up costs.

Sam Mehta, president of Sikorsky Defense Systems and Services, said he realized U.S. military officials were in a difficult position given mandatory cuts in defense spending, but that his company and others viewed the Navy’s plan to truncate its multiyear agreement as a “serious concern.”

Jun 27, 2014

Sikorsky, Lockheed win $1.28 billion U.S. helicopter deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sikorsky Aircraft, a unit of United Technologies Corp (UTX.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), won a $1.28 billion contract on Thursday to develop a new combat rescue helicopter for the U.S. Air Force, a deal that could eventually be worth up to $7.9 billion.

The initial contract covers development and delivery of four Combat Rescue Helicopters (CRH) based on the company’s workhorse UH-60 Black Hawk, and caps nearly 15 years of repeated unsuccessful efforts by the Air Force to replace its aging fleet of HH-60G Pave Hawk rescue helicopters.

Jun 26, 2014

United Technologies’ Sikorsky wins $1.3 billion U.S. helicopter deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force has awarded Sikorsky Aircraft, a unit of United Technologies Corp (UTX.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), a $1.28 billion contract to develop a new combat rescue helicopter based on the company’s workhorse UH-60 Black Hawk, the Pentagon said Thursday.

The contract covers development and delivery of four new Combat Rescue Helicopters (CRH) and caps over a decade of repeated unsuccessful efforts by the Air Force to replace its aging fleet of HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters.

Jun 26, 2014

U.S. Air Force suspends all F-35A flights, pending fire probe

WASHINGTON, June 26 (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force widened a
ban on flights of Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35 A-model
fighter jets on Thursday as authorities continue to investigate
a fire on one of the jets this week, but the Navy and Marine
Corps stopped short of a similar blanket move ahead of the
plane’s international debut next month.

“As a precautionary measure, the Air Force has decided to
temporarily suspend all F-35A operations until it is determined
that flights can resume safely,” Air Force spokeswoman Major
Natasha Waggoner said in a statement.

Jun 25, 2014

Plans for F-35 UK debut still on despite flight suspensions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Flights of Lockheed Martin Corp’s LMT.N F-35 fighter jets remained suspended on Wednesday as Air Force officials investigated a fire that damaged one of the jets on Monday, but the Marine Corps said it still plans to send jets to Britain for two air shows next month.

Captain Richard Ulsh said flights of the Marine Corp’s F-35 B-model that can land vertically had been suspended at bases in Florida, Arizona and Maryland, pending the investigation.

Jun 25, 2014

U.S. 2015 war-funding request due to go to Congress soon: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon’s top financial officer said on Tuesday the Obama administration would “quite soon” send Congress its 2015 funding request for Afghanistan and other overseas conflicts, but he added it was unlikely to include money for operations in Iraq.

Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale, who will step down in the coming days after more than five years in office, said until President Barack Obama decides whether to take additional steps in Iraq, it is premature to try to present Congress with a funding request.