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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.

Jun 24, 2014

Pentagon eyes remedies as spending ‘bow wave’ looms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. weapons makers must focus on affordability and be more upfront about the cost of new, cutting-edge technologies given a large “bow wave” of increased spending facing the Pentagon in the 2020s, Comptroller Robert Hale told Reuters on Tuesday.

Hale, who will leave office soon after five years as the Pentagon’s top financial officer, said he worried that constant increases in military requirements would undermine a range of efforts under way to drive down the cost of weapons systems.

Jun 24, 2014

U.S. Air Force to resume F-35A fighter jet flights Wednesday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force said it will resume flights of Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35 A-model fighter jets at a Florida air base on Wednesday, two days after one of the jets caught fire while preparing for takeoff.

“We intend to resume flights of the F-35As tomorrow,” 1st Lieutenant Hope Cronin, a spokeswoman for the Air Force 33rd Fighter Wing, said on Tuesday. The unit trains Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy pilots to fly the new jets at Eglin Air Force Base.

Jun 23, 2014

35A fighter jet flights suspended after fire at U.S. air base

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force on Monday temporarily halted flights at a Florida air base of 26 F-35A fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp after a jet caught fire as it was preparing to take off for a training flight, a Pentagon spokesman said.

The pilot aborted the takeoff and was not injured, said Joe DellaVedova, spokesman for the Pentagon’s F-35 program office. He had no immediate details on the cause of the fire or extent of the damage to the F-35 conventional takeoff model.

Jun 23, 2014

Raytheon to resume production of warhead after successful test

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Raytheon Co on Monday said it expects to soon resume production of an updated warhead, or “kill vehicle,” used for U.S. homeland missile defense after the system successfully intercepted a dummy target over the Pacific.

“There are no other hurdles that we’re aware of, so we expect that we will go into production shortly,” Wes Kremer, vice president of air and missile defense systems at Raytheon, told reporters on a teleconference.

Jun 23, 2014

U.S. missile defense system hits target in key test

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. missile defense system managed by Boeing Co on Sunday hit a simulated enemy missile over the Pacific in the first successful intercept test of the program since 2008, the U.S. Defense Department said.

The successful intercept will help validate the troubled Boeing-run Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system which provides the sole U.S. defense against long-range ballistic missiles, and the Raytheon Co kill vehicle that separates from the rocket and hits an incoming warhead.

Jun 23, 2014

U.S. missile defense system destroys target in key test

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. missile defense system managed by Boeing Co on Sunday hit a simulated enemy missile over the Pacific in the first successful intercept test of the program since 2008, the U.S. Defense Department said.

The intercept will help validate the troubled Boeing-run Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system which provides the sole U.S. defense against long-range ballistic missiles, and the Raytheon Co kill vehicle that separates from the rocket and hits an incoming warhead.

Jun 22, 2014

U.S. missile defense system hits target in key test -sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. missile defense system managed by Boeing Co on Sunday hit a simulated enemy missile over the Pacific in the first successful intercept test of the program since 2008, sources briefed on the test results said.

The successful interception will help validate the troubled Boeing-run Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system which provides the sole U.S. defense against long-range ballistic missiles, and the Raytheon Co kill vehicle that separates from the rocket and hits the incoming warhead, the sources said.