WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Brazilian Army has expressed interest in buying a handful of Boeing Co (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) CH-47 Chinook helicopters, the company said on Wednesday, saying that it continued to view Brazil as an important partner for defense and commercial projects.
“We have had some early discussions about the Chinook with the Brazilian Army,” Boeing spokesman Scott Day said, when asked about a potential CH-47 sale to Brazil. Day declined to give any details, but said the potential order was “not a large one.”
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Marine Corps said on Wednesday it is sticking to a July 2015 target to declare an initial squadron of 10 new Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets ready for combat use, but said it would not be devastated if the date slipped to August.
“It’s too soon to flinch,” outgoing Marine Corps Commandant General James Amos said in an interview at his Pentagon office, when asked if the Marines would miss their target date for declaring an initial operational capability (IOC).
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A top Navy official called for the U.S. government to develop a better unified weather forecasting model to regain a competitive edge now held by Europe, given the growing threats posed by climate change and rising sea levels.
The U.S. effort deserves a grade of “C,” Rear Admiral Jonathan White, the Navy’s top oceanographer and navigator, told the Reuters Global Climate Change Summit.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp said on Wednesday it had made a technological breakthrough in developing a power source based on nuclear fusion, and the first reactors, small enough to fit on the back of a truck, could be ready in a decade.
Tom McGuire, who heads the project, said he and a small team had been working on fusion energy at Lockheed’s secretive Skunk Works for about four years, but were now going public to find potential partners in industry and government for their work.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon on Tuesday said it had finalized a contract with Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp (UTX.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), for a seventh batch of F135 engines for the Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) F-35 fighter jet, and the company had agreed to pay to fix an engine issue that grounded the F-35 fleet this summer.
The U.S. Defense Department said its new $592 million contract with Pratt would cover 36 engines, adding to an earlier advanced procurement contract worth $88 million. The company also won a maintenance contract worth $263 million in December.
WASHINGTON, Oct 13 (Reuters) – Kongsberg Gruppen ASA
says its Naval Strike Missile (NSM) and a sister
missile developed to go into the bomb bay of the F-35 fighter
jet could generate billions of dollars of new revenues for the
Norwegian company in coming years.
Walter Qvam, president and chief executive of Kongsberg,
told Reuters that Russian aggression in Ukraine was seen as a
“serious new situation” in Europe, and was already starting to
drive European defense spending higher. Kongsberg was seeing
higher demand for its air-defense system, he said.
WASHINGTON, Oct 13 (Reuters) – The U.S. Army on Monday said
it expected to secure a 10-percent or greater cost reduction as
part of a five-year agreement with Boeing Co for more
Apache AH-64 attack helicopters that it hopes to negotiate for
fiscal year 2017 and beyond.
U.S. Army Colonel Jeff Hager, Apache program manager, told
reporters the Army still needed approval from Pentagon leaders
to proceed, but such a deal would provide greater stability to
Army leaders, Boeing and the larger industrial base.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Army warned on Monday that mandatory budget cuts due to resume in fiscal 2016 would be devastating to a service that is already facing huge risks as it tries to keep forces ready for battle, replace aging equipment and respond to crises around the world.
“We have to have a national security debate … because there is too much going on,” U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno told reporters at the annual Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) conference.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. government watchdog agency is asking the Air Force to explain why it decided to destroy 16 aircraft initially bought for the Afgan air force and turn them into $32,000 of scrap metal instead of finding other ways to salvage nearly $500 million in U.S. funds spent on the program.
John Sopko, special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, asked Air Force Secretary Deborah James to document all decisions made about the destruction of the 16 C-27J aircraft that were stored at Kabul International Airport for years, and what the service planned to do with four additional planes now in Germany.
WASHINGTON, Oct 9 (Reuters) – The U.S. military needs a
“lasting” fix to the engine issue that grounded the F-35 fighter
fleet for several weeks this summer, given the importance of the
most advanced U.S. fighter jet for decades to come, a top U.S.
Navy official said this week.
Rear Admiral Mark Darrah, chief engineer for the Navy’s
Naval Air Systems Command, said the Navy was working closely
with F-35 maker Lockheed Martin Corp, engine
manufacturer Pratt & Whitney, which is a unit of United
Technologies Corp, the Air Force and the Pentagon’s F-35