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Oct 27, 2015

Sikorsky’s CH-53K helicopter makes first test flight -Marine Corps

WASHINGTON, Oct 27 (Reuters) – Sikorsky Aircraft’s CH-53K
heavy-lift helicopter being built for the U.S. Marine Corps
completed its first test flight on Tuesday, about seven months
later than expected due to a problem with its main gear box,
company and military officials said.

The successful 30-minute first test flight marks a major
milestone for the CH-53K program and Sikorsky, a unit of United
Technologies Corp.

Oct 27, 2015

Raytheon loses attempt to halt U.S. Air Force review of radar bids

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal appeals court has denied a lawsuit by Raytheon Co that sought to halt the U.S. Air Force’s reevaluation of bids submitted for a new $1 billion long-range radar by Raytheon, Northrop Grumman Corp and Lockheed Martin Corp.

Raytheon in May appealed a decision in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims that had cleared the way for the review. Raytheon first won the contract in October, but the matter was quickly protested by both losing bidders, prompting the Air Force to take a fresh look at the bids.

Oct 27, 2015

U.S. warship patrols near islands built by China in disputed sea

WASHINGTON/BEIJING, Oct 27 (Reuters) – The U.S. Navy sent a
guided-missile destroyer close to China’s man-made islands in
the disputed South China Sea on Tuesday, U.S. defense officials
said, a move that could heighten tensions over the strategic
waterway.

The patrol represents the most serious U.S. challenge to
12-nautical-mile territorial limits China asserts around the
islands and is sure to anger Beijing, which said last month it
would never allow any country to violate its territory in the
Spratly archipelago, where seven outposts have been built.

Oct 27, 2015

U.S. Navy destroyer nears islands built by China in South China Sea

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Monday sent a guided-missile destroyer to challenge 12-nautical-mile territorial limits that China claims around artificial islands it built in the South China Sea.

A U.S. defense official said the USS Lassen was nearing Subi and Mischief reefs in the Spratly archipelago, features that were submerged at high tide before China began a massive dredging project to turn them into islands in 2014.

Oct 26, 2015

U.S. Navy to send destroyer within 12 miles of Chinese islands

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Navy plans to send the USS Lassen destroyer within 12 nautical miles of artificial islands built by China in the South China Sea within 24 hours, the first of more regular challenges to China’s territorial claims, a U.S. defense official said on Monday.

The destroyer’s patrol would occur near Subi and Mischief reefs in the Spratly archipelago, features that were formerly submerged at high tide before China began a massive dredging project to turn them into islands in 2014.

Oct 26, 2015

Raytheon loses attempt to halt new U.S. Air Force look at radar bids

WASHINGTON, Oct 26 (Reuters) – A U.S. federal appeals court
has denied a lawsuit filed by Raytheon Co that sought to
halt the U.S. Air Force’s reevaluation of bids submitted for a
new $1 billion long-range radar by Raytheon, Northrop Grumman
Corp and Lockheed Martin Corp.

Raytheon in May appealed a decision by the U.S. Court of
Federal Claims that had cleared the way for the review. Raytheon
first won the contract in October, but the matter was quickly
protested by both losing bidders, prompting the Air Force to
take a fresh look at the bids.

Oct 22, 2015

Raytheon posts sharp drop in profit; lifts 2015 revenue forecast

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Raytheon Co (RTN.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), maker of the Patriot missile system, on Thursday reported sharply lower net earnings and bookings in the third quarter, but said its cash flow generation was strong and revenues for the full year would be higher than expected.

Chief Financial Officer Toby O’Brien told Reuters the drop in quarterly earnings was due to the mix of products, internal investments in new technologies, and costs related to the company’s $1.9 billion Websense acquisition in May.

Oct 22, 2015

Pentagon says F-35 ejection seat fixes could take another year

WASHINGTON, Oct 21 (Reuters) – The Pentagon’s F-35 program
office on Wednesday said it is taking steps to make it safer for
lightweight pilots to eject from the Lockheed Martin Corp
stealth fighter jet, but said it could take another year
to resolve possible hazards.

Lieutenant General Chris Bogdan, who runs the $391 billion
F-35 program, told lawmakers the military is taking three
separate steps to reduce the risk that pilots who weigh 105 to
135 lbs (48 to 61 kg) could injure or snap their necks while
ejecting.

Oct 21, 2015

Lockheed Martin wins $784 mln U.S. long-range radar deal -Pentagon

WASHINGTON, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp
has won a contract valued at $784 million to build a new
long-range radar that the U.S. Missile Defense Agency considers
“critically important” to improving its ability to protect the
U.S. homeland, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.

Lockheed, the Defense Department’s No. 1 supplier, beat out
Raytheon Co and Northrop Grumman Corp to win the
contract to design and build the new Long Range Discrimination
Radar.

Oct 21, 2015

Work on logistics system may delay Air Force F-35 fielding: Pentagon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Final development and testing of a Lockheed Martin Corp computer-based logistics system for the F-35 fighter jet may be delayed by 30 to 60 days, which could impede the U.S. Air Force’s ability to declare its jets ready for combat by Aug. 1, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.

Air Force Lieutenant General Chris Bogdan, who runs the $391 billion F-35 program for the Pentagon, said his office was “closely tracking” for the target date of Aug. 1, 2016, but he said there were “a number of risks” that needed to be addressed to meet the goal.