WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Navy this month launched “AIRWorks,” an initiative modeled on Lockheed Martin Corp’s Skunk Works and Boeing Co’s Phantom Works divisions that aims to develop new weapons more quickly to meet U.S. military needs.
AIRWorks completed several projects over the past year even as it took shape. They included bulletproofing V-22 tiltrotor aircraft built by Boeing and Textron Inc for the Air Force, and adding rockets to the Fire Scout unmanned helicopter built by Northrop Grumman Corp for the Navy.
WASHINGTON, Oct 7 (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force said
foreign sales of 50 to 100 of the new long-range radar systems
to be developed by Raytheon Co could help lower the cost
of U.S. purchases in coming years.
Dave Allen, the Air Force’s lead engineer for the
next-generation radar program, said in an interview on Tuesday
that the program was designed from the start with “anti-tamper”
features and other equipment to enable easier exports.
WASHINGTON, Oct 7 (Reuters) – Raytheon Co expects
Qatar and the U.S. government to complete a long-awaited
multibillion-dollar agreement on a “significant” number of
Patriot missile defense systems before year end, a senior
company official told Reuters on Tuesday.
Tim Glaeser, vice president with Raytheon’s integrated
defense systems business, gave no exact details on the cost and
number of Patriot batteries involved, but said he expected the
two sides to reach a deal within the next four to eight weeks.
WASHINGTON, Oct 6 (Reuters) – Raytheon Co beat out
Lockheed Martin Corp and Northrop Grumman Corp
for a contract to build a next-generation long-range radar
system for the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Defense Department said
The award marks another significant win for Raytheon in the
radar market, a deal valued at around $1 billion, and kicks off
the next phase of a program begun in 2009, when the Air Force
funded work on full-scale prototypes by all three companies.
PARIS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Boeing Co (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) plans to start building some parts of its 777X commercial airliner at the company’s huge defense business facility in St. Louis, a move that will add hundreds of jobs in several years, according to sources familiar with the decision.
The news comes days after Boeing announced plans to shift defense services and support work out of Washington state, a separate and unrelated decision that could also add hundreds of jobs to the St. Louis area, the sources said on Monday.
WASHINGTON, Oct 2 (Reuters) – A top NATO general on Thursday
said the alliance needed “more bang for the buck” when it comes
to defense equipment, and urged arms makers to work on making it
easier for countries to use laser-guided missiles and other
weapons on a range of platforms.
Danish Army General Knud Bartels, chairman of NATO’s defense
committee, told U.S. defense writers that industry needed to
look beyond pure profits and find ways to help NATO buy weapons
more efficiently under the alliance’s new “smart defense”
initiative, including possible bulk buys across member states.
WASHINGTON, Oct 2 (Reuters) – The United States on Thursday
partially lifted a long-time ban on lethal weapon sales to
Vietnam to help the country improve its maritime security, a
historic move that comes nearly 40 years after the end of the
“The State Department has taken steps to allow for the
future transfer of maritime security-related defense articles to
Vietnam,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told a
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force hopes to translate its recent successes in driving down the cost of huge satellite programs to a range of other weapons, including Lockheed Martin Corp’s C-130J transport plane, a top official told Reuters.
Lieutenant General Ellen Pawlikowski, who won praise for reversing years of cost increases on big satellite programs in her previous role, hopes to apply those lessons to other programs after she took over in June as the service’s top military acquisition official.
WASHINGTON, Sept 30 (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force expects
to make recommendations in early November on how to end U.S.
reliance on Russian rocket engines for launching key U.S.
military and spy satellites, a senior Air Force general told
Reuters in an interview on Tuesday.
The Air Force is evaluating a range of options ranging from
seeking a replacement engine to use of different rocket and will
develop an acquisition strategy.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A top Pentagon official said on Tuesday he had “high expectations” for a joint U.S.-Indian effort to deepen defense ties, but it could take a while to reach agreement on specific weapons to develop or produce together.
“Prime Minister Modi is very aware of the initiative. His staff is clearly motivated at every level to make it a success and move forward,” Frank Kendall, the Pentagon’s chief weapons buyer, told Reuters after a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi and U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.