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May 12, 2015

Judge dismisses Raytheon suit to block review of rival radar bids

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal judge has dismissed a
lawsuit filed by Raytheon Co, freeing the U.S. Air Force
to re-evaluate bids it got for a new long-range radar won by
Raytheon but challenged by rivals Lockheed Martin Corp
and Northrop Grumman Corp, sources familiar with the
decision said.

Raytheon has 60 days to appeal the May 11 decision by a
judge with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, according to the
sources, who were not authorized to speak publicly.

May 11, 2015

Aerojet Rocketdyne, others look at keeping Atlas 5 rocket in use

WASHINGTON, May 11 (Reuters) – Aerojet Rocketdyne
and two other firms on Monday said they are exploring options
for obtaining the data rights to the Atlas 5 launch vehicle and
swapping out its Russian-built engine with the AR1 engine that
Aerojet Rocketdyne is developing.

The Pentagon is scrambling to comply with a new U.S. law
that bans use after 2019 of the Russian RD-180 rocket engine
that fuels the Atlas 5 rocket for launches of military and
intelligence satellites. Congress passed the law after Russia’s
annexation of the Crimea region of Ukraine last year.

May 8, 2015

U.S. report details China’s work on anti-satellite weapons

WASHINGTON, May 8 (Reuters) – China has the most rapidly
growing space program in the world, and continues to develop
lasers, satellite jammers and other weapons aimed at the
space-based assets of adversaries, a new U.S. report said on

China has also built a “vast ground infrastructure” to
build, launch and control satellites, said the U.S. Defense
Department’s annual report to Congress on military and security
issues related to China.

May 7, 2015

Despite Kuwait deal, Boeing’s F/A-18 jet faces uphill global climb

WASHINGTON, May 7 (Reuters) – Boeing Co will struggle
to boost international sales of its F/A-18E/F Super Hornet
fighter jets despite a $3-billion-plus deal expected soon with
Kuwait, analysts and industry executives said.

On Wednesday, Reuters reported that Kuwait is poised to
announce in coming weeks an order for 28 Super Hornets. On
Thursday, people familiar with the Kuwait deal said it also
includes options for up to 12 additional jets.

May 6, 2015

Exclusive: Boeing poised to clinch $3 billion-plus Kuwait F/A-18 order

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Kuwait is expected to announce in coming weeks an order for 28 Boeing Co (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, a $3 billion-plus deal that will keep the jets’ St. Louis production line running well into 2019, according to people familiar with the deal.

Kuwait, which operates a fleet of earlier F/A-18 models, has signed a formal letter stating its firm plans to buy newer-model Boeing jets, according to one of the people who is familiar with the deal but was not authorized to speak publicly.

May 6, 2015

Obama expected to push for Gulf missile defense at U.S. summit

WASHINGTON, May 6 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama is
expected to make a renewed U.S. push next week to help Gulf
allies create a region-wide defense system to guard against
Iranian missiles as he seeks to allay their anxieties over any
nuclear deal with Tehran, according to U.S. sources.

The offer could be accompanied by enhanced security
commitments, new arms sales and more joint military exercises,
U.S. officials say, as Obama tries to reassure Gulf Arab
countries that Washington is not abandoning them.

May 6, 2015

U.S. Air Force says may revisit rocket plan if firms do not respond

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force may have to revisit its strategy to develop a new U.S.-fueled launch vehicle aimed at ending American reliance on Russian rocket engines if U.S. companies fail to bid to build prototypes for the government, a senior general said Tuesday.

Lieutenant General Ellen Pawlikowski, the Air Force’s top military acquisition official, said she had received positive feedback from some companies about a draft request for proposals on the Air Force’s approach, but other companies were “not so happy”. She declined to name the firms.

Apr 30, 2015

U.S. Navy warns Congress that piecemeal cruiser upgrades costly

WASHINGTON, April 30 (Reuters) – U.S. Navy Secretary Ray
Mabus on Thursday warned that congressional plans for a
piecemeal modernization of 11 cruisers would cost billions of
dollars more than the Navy’s original plan and meant the
warships would have to be retired earlier.

Mabus acknowledged concerns voiced by some lawmakers that
the Navy secretly planned to decommission 11 cruisers instead of
modernizing them, but said “not one of those things is correct.”

Apr 29, 2015

U.S. Air Force sees launch prototype contracts as soon as September

WASHINGTON, April 29 (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force said on
Wednesday it could award contracts for prototypes of new
U.S.-fueled launch vehicles as early as September, a key step to
ending U.S. reliance on using Russian rocket engines to launch
military and intelligence satellites.

Air Force Secretary Deborah James told a subcommittee of the
Senate Armed Services Committee that the Air Force planned to
use a different contract type called “other transactional
authority,” instead of a standard defense contract to accelerate
the process, given the urgency Congress has put on developing a
homegrown engine.

Apr 29, 2015

U.S. Air Force plans to launch 1990s-built weather satellite

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force on Wednesday said it plans to launch an aging weather satellite at an expected cost of hundreds of millions of dollars to prevent a gap in forecasting capability and provide another competitive launch opportunity for privately held Space Exploration Technologies Inc, or SpaceX.

General John Hyten, who heads Air Force Space Command, and Air Force Secretary Deborah James, said a decision had been made to launch the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) Flight 20 satellite, which was built in the 1990s.