WASHINGTON, Sept 10 (Reuters) – The Unites States will keep
working on a regional missile defense system in the Gulf despite
progress on the Iran nuclear deal, current and former U.S.
military officials said on Thursday while warning that Iran has
the largest inventory of short- and medium-range cruise and
ballistic missiles in the region.
The comments came as a Republican-backed effort to kill the
Iran nuclear agreement was narrowly blocked in the U.S. Senate,
handing President Barack Obama a huge victory and clearing the
way for the deal’s implementation.
WASHINGTON, Sept 10 (Reuters) – The U.S. Navy has removed
contracting suspensions imposed on two former senior executives
with Italy’s Finmeccanica SpA in February 2014, after
they were cleared of bribery charges by an Italian court,
according to an attorney representing the two men.
Former Finmeccanica Chief Executive Giuseppe Orsi and Bruno
Spagnolini, who headed the company’s AgustaWestland helicopter
division, were removed from suspension in August, Craig King, an
attorney with Arent Fox, wrote in a letter about the issue.
LOUIS, Sept 9 (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Ash
Carter on Wednesday vowed to invest aggressively in innovative
research programs and protect funding for new space, cyber and
electronic warfare weapons, despite what he called a “terribly
disgraceful era of budget turmoil.”
Carter told a conference sponsored by DARPA, the Pentagon’s
research arm, that the investments were necessary given rapid
technology developments by China and Russia that have started to
eroded the U.S. military’s competitive edge.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc (AJRD.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has submitted a $2 billion offer to buy United Launch Alliance (ULA), a spacecraft launch services provider that is a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Boeing Co (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), according to sources familiar with the matter.
Aerojet Rocketdyne board member Warren Lichtenstein, the chairman and chief executive of Steel Partners LLC, approached ULA President Tory Bruno and senior Lockheed and Boeing executives about the bid in early August, the sources said.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp said on Tuesday it filed a formal protest against a $6.75 billion U.S. Army contract for new armored trucks awarded to Oshkosh Corp last month, while the other losing bidder, AM General, opted to skip such a move.
“Lockheed Martin does not take protests lightly, but we are protesting to address our concerns regarding the evaluation of Lockheed Martin’s offer,” the company said in a statement. Lockheed did not elaborate on its concerns.
, Sept 6 (Reuters) – Big investments, lean
manufacturing techniques borrowed from the automotive industry,
and a more engaged workforce have revamped the Wisconsin
shipyard where Italy’s Fincantieri SpA builds the
Freedom variant of the U.S. Navy’s coastal warships for prime
contractor Lockheed Martin Corp.
Fincantieri invested $100 million in recent years to
transform the 1940s era shipyard into a state-of-the-art
facility, where seven LCS ships are now under construction,
including three that have already been launched into the river.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon is evaluating whether potential cyber missions could drive demand for additional Boeing Co (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) EA-18G electronic attack jets, or Growlers, the top U.S. Navy officer told Reuters on Thursday.
Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert said any decisions about additional orders of Growlers should be included in the Pentagon’s budget request for fiscal 2017, since Boeing will shut the production line after all orders have been fulfilled.
WASHINGTON, Sept 2 (Reuters) – The Pentagon’s chief arms
buyer said on Wednesday he was “not crazy” about growing share
buybacks across the weapons industry but acknowledged a dearth
of new arms programs has made it difficult for companies to
invest in new technologies.
Defense Undersecretary Frank Kendall said he hoped that a
series of technology demonstration projects to be announced with
the fiscal 2017 defense budget would motivate companies to step
up internal spending on research and development projects.
WASHINGTON, Sept 2 (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force said on
Wednesday that two competing designs for the next-generation
bomber are stealthier than the B-2 bomber and have been more
extensively tested than other developmental weapons programs
before a contract award.
Air Force Secretary Deborah James last week said the service
would award a contract soon for the new long-range bomber, which
will replace the current aging B-1 and B-52 bombers, but refused
to be drawn on a specific date.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia is in advanced discussions with the U.S. government about buying two frigates based on a coastal warship that Lockheed Martin Corp is building for the U.S. Navy, and could reach agreement by the end of the year, according to sources familiar with the talks.
The frigate sale, valued at well over $1 billion, will be the cornerstone of a long-delayed multi billion dollar modernization of the Royal Saudi Navy’s Gulf-patroling eastern fleet of aging U.S. warships and would include smaller patrol boats. It underscores the strong business and military ties between the two countries, despite tensions over the U.S.-led Iran nuclear deal.