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Apr 9, 2015

U.S. Marine Corps aims to boost aircraft readiness

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Marine Corps has launched a major drive to pump up the readiness of its aircraft after calculating that 158 of its helicopters, fighter jets and other planes – assets valued at $8.4 billion – are not ready for military use.

Deputy Commandant for Aviation Lieutenant General Jon Davis told Reuters he was meeting with FedEx Corp, Boeing Co and other commercial firms, as well as military officials from Britain, as part of a concerted effort to speed up maintenance and get more use of its aircraft.

Apr 8, 2015

U.S. Marines vow tough review of F-35 combat readiness

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Marine Corps plans to carry out a tough, separate “inspection” before declaring the first squadron of 10 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets ready for initial combat use, the Marine Corps’ top aviator said on Wednesday.

Deputy Commandant for Aviation Lieutenant General Jon Davis told Reuters he was keeping close tabs on 13 items required to approve combat use of the jets, now ready after years of delays and cost overruns. He said he remained optimistic that the service would meet its July target date for the milestone.

Apr 7, 2015

U.S. Air Force eyes future F-35 engine and arms upgrades

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force is on track to declare Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35 fighter jet ready for initial combat use by August or September 2016, and officials are already looking at possible future upgrades to its weapons, propulsion and avionics.

Major General Jeffrey Harrigian, the two-star general named in January to oversee all things F-35 for the Air Force, told Reuters in an interview on Tuesday the program was making good progress, but he was keeping close tabs on key items required to meet the target date.

Apr 6, 2015

Pentagon balks at congressional bid to ease multiyear deal terms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon is pushing back against congressional moves to ease requirements for multiyear weapons procurements, saying it will continue to insist that such deals generate significant savings for the government before relinquishing yearly control.

Even if Congress changes the law, U.S. Defense Undersecretary Frank Kendall said program managers would still need to show savings of “pretty darn close to 10 percent or better” to get approval to sign a contract of up to five years.

Apr 3, 2015

U.S. says would back India buying U.S. aircraft carrier technology

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government would support selling General Atomics’ electromagnetic launching system for aircraft carriers, and other key technologies, to India, the Pentagon’s chief weapons buyer told Reuters on Friday.

Defense Undersecretary Frank Kendall, who heads a joint U.S.-India defense trade and technology effort, said he was optimistic about the two countries’ efforts to cooperate on a planned aircraft carrier for India.

Apr 3, 2015

US says would back India buying U.S. aircraft carrier technology

WASHINGTON, April 3 (Reuters) – The U.S. government would
support selling General Atomics’ electromagnetic launching
system for aircraft carriers, and other key technologies, to
India, the Pentagon’s chief weapons buyer told Reuters on
Friday.

Defense Undersecretary Frank Kendall, who heads a joint
U.S.-India defense trade and technology effort, said he was
optimistic about the two countries’ efforts to cooperate on a
planned aircraft carrier for India.

Apr 2, 2015

Boeing employee pleads guilty to taking kickbacks for bid information

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A Boeing Co procurement official
is among seven people who have pleaded guilty in a kickback
scheme that involved giving confidential bidding information to
suppliers to the aerospace company’s satellite division,
prosecutors said on Thursday.

The Boeing official, Mark Allen of Boeing’s Space and
Intelligence Systems unit in El Segundo, California, was charged
with conspiracy to receive kickbacks, the prosecutors said.

Apr 2, 2015

Boeing to ramp up lobbying, ads for F/A-18 Super Hornets

WASHINGTON, April 2 (Reuters) – Boeing Co on Thursday
said it will ramp up lobbying efforts to extend production of
its F/A-18 fighter jets beyond the end of 2017 after the U.S.
Navy asked Congress to fund 12 airplanes not included in the
2016 budget proposal.

Dan Gillian, who runs the F/A-18E/F and EA-18G electronic
attack jet programs for Boeing, told Reuters the company had
decided to continue working closely with the Navy to convince
U.S. lawmakers.

Apr 1, 2015

Israel tests U.S.-backed missile shield as Iran nuclear talks churn

JERUSALEM/WASHINGTON, April 1 (Reuters) – A new Israeli air
defense system being developed in partnership with the United
States met all its objectives in a series of recent live
interception tests, U.S. and Israeli officials said Wednesday,
putting it on course for deployment by next year.

The system, David’s Sling, shot down targets simulating
longer-range missiles like Scuds that could be fired at Israel
from Syria and by Lebanon’s Iranian-backed Hezbollah guerrillas.

Apr 1, 2015

Israel tests U.S.-backed missile shield as Iran nuclear deadline looms

JERUSALEM/WASHINGTON, April 1 (Reuters) – A new Israeli air
defense system being developed in partnership with the United
States met all its objectives in a series of recent tests, U.S.
and Israeli officials said Wednesday, putting it on course for
possible deployment by next year.

The system called David’s Sling hit targets that represented
potential threats to Israel, including longer-range missiles
that could be fired from Syria and Lebanon, experts said.