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Sep 16, 2014

Boeing, SpaceX poised to build ‘space taxis’ for NASA

CAPE CANAVERAL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – NASA will partner with Boeing and SpaceX to build commercially owned and operated “space taxis” to fly astronauts to the International Space Station, ending U.S. dependence on Russia for rides, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson said on Tuesday.

The U.S. space agency also considered a bid by privately owned Sierra Nevada Corp., but opted to award long-time aerospace contractor Boeing and California’s SpaceX with contracts potentially worth billions of dollars, to develop, certify and fly their seven-passenger capsules.

Sep 16, 2014

SpaceX must meet high standard to get rocket certified: general

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A top U.S. Air Force general on Tuesday said he favored competition for military rocket launches, but insisted the Air Force must stick to its high standards in certifying the Falcon 9 rocket, built by privately-held Space Exploration Technologies.

SpaceX is working through a detailed certification process with the Air Force for its Falcon 9 satellite so it can compete with United Launch Alliance (ULA), a joint venture of Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp, to launch a National Reconnaissance Office spy satellite.

Sep 15, 2014

Pratt says next F-35 engine deals will cut costs by 7-8 pct

WASHINGTON, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Pratt & Whitney, a unit of
United Technologies Corp, said its contracts with the
Pentagon for the next two batches of engines for the Lockheed
Martin Corp F-35 fighter jet will result in combined
cost savings of 7 percent to 8 percent.

Bennett Croswell, president of Pratt’s military engines
division, told reporters the company had already more than
halved the cost of its F-35 engine, and the savings from the
next two contracts – for the seventh and eighth batches of
engines – would come on top of that.

Sep 15, 2014

Lockheed delivers next version of F-35 logistics system

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp on Monday said it has delivered the next version of the computer-based logistics system used to support the F-35 fighter jet to the U.S. military for flight testing.

That paves the way for the system’s deployment in the first quarter of 2015 to nine military bases in the United States where F-35 Lightning II training and testing is taking place.

Sep 15, 2014

US weapons makers sense rising demand for air defense systems, tanks

WASHINGTON, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Military crises around the
world are boosting foreign demand for U.S. weapons, especially
air and missile defense systems, spy equipment and armored
vehicles, according to U.S. government and industry officials.

Weapons makers like Lockheed Martin, Northrop
Grumman, Boeing and Raytheon anticipate
new markets for their goods. And that could offset lower U.S.
military spending.

Sep 12, 2014

U.S. defense industry says global turmoil swaying budget hawks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Images of two Americans being beheaded and of Russian tanks rolling through Ukraine have boosted pressure on Congress to roll back $1 trillion in mandatory defense cuts that the defense industry blames for almost 100,000 job cuts in recent years.

U.S. lawmakers this week signaled support for President Barack Obama’s plan to take action against Islamic State extremists in Syria and Iraq.

Sep 11, 2014

Carrier drone should be able to do more than spy -US Navy

WASHINGTON, Sept 10 (Reuters) – The U.S. Navy’s planned
unmanned plane for use on aircraft carriers should eventually be
able to take on additional roles besides just surveillance, Navy
Secretary Ray Mabus said on Wednesday.

The Navy last week said it had delayed this month’s planned
kickoff of a competition for the new carrier-based unmanned spy
plane, citing affordability concerns and a Pentagon-wide review
of intelligence and surveillance programs.

Sep 11, 2014

U.S. says still advocating for Raytheon in Turkish missile tender

WASHINGTON, Sept 10 (Reuters) – The U.S. government is
continuing to advocate for the Patriot missile defense system
offered by Raytheon Co and Lockheed Martin Corp
in a Turkish tender after Turkey cited disagreements with the
Chinese firm that initially won the bid, a senior U.S. official
said on Wednesday.

“We’re in regular contact with the Turks about the U.S.
offer in this particular competition,” Gregory Kausner, deputy
assistant secretary of state for regional security and security
assistance, told the Reuters Aerospace and Defense Summit.

Sep 10, 2014

U.S. Navy, Marines need more women: Navy secretary

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said more women should be serving in the Navy and Marine Corps, and plans to take action to boost their presence in those military branches.

“We don’t have enough women in either the Navy or the Marine Corps,” Mabus told the Reuters Aerospace and Defense Summit on Wednesday as he kicked off a drive to expand the number of women in the Navy.

Sep 10, 2014

(OFFICIAL)-REUTERS SUMMIT-Pratt sees clarity on ‘root cause’ of F-35 engine issue by end Sept.

WASHINGTON, Sept 9 (Reuters) – United Technologies Corp’s
Pratt & Whitney unit said the “root cause” of the June
23 engine failure on a Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter
jet should be clear by the end of September, which would pave
the way for over $1 billion in contracts for another 84 engines.

Engine maker Pratt & Whitney said it has delivered six of
its F135 engines to the U.S. government since Aug. 29, when it
resumed deliveries that had been halted after the June incident
which grounded the F-35 fleet for weeks and prevented its
international debut.