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Feb 20, 2015

Exclusive: Orbital explosion probe said to find debris in engine: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Last October’s explosion of Orbital ATK Inc’s Antares rocket may have been triggered when debris inadvertently left in a fuel tank traveled into the booster’s main engine, two people familiar with investigations into the accident told Reuters.

The sources said the preliminary findings suggest that a simple assembly mistake by Orbital ATK could have caused the explosion, which destroyed a cargo ship bound for the International Space Station.

Feb 19, 2015

US approves export of new Raytheon sensor for Patriot missiles

WASHINGTON, Feb 19 (Reuters) – The U.S. government has
approved Raytheon Co to export a new Active
Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) sensor based on gallium
nitride semiconductor technology to countries that have Patriot
missile defense systems, the company said Thursday.

Raytheon has invested more than $150 million over the past
15 years in gallium nitride, or GaN, and it is part of a new Air
and Missile Defense Radar that Raytheon is building for the U.S.
Navy, as well as several Air Force programs.

Feb 19, 2015

Lockheed sees no capacity issue if it won U.S. Air Force bomber deal

WASHINGTON, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp
executives said on Wednesday they were confident the company
would not face capacity constraints working on both the F-35
program and a new bomber if the U.S. Air Force chose its joint
bomber bid with Boeing Co.

“Our aeronautics business has the capacity to execute the
scope of work that we have on the bomber program,” Orlando
Carvalho, who heads Lockheed’s aeronautics division, told
Reuters in an interview during the company’s annual media day.

Feb 19, 2015

Lockheed sees double-digit growth in cyber business

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp, the No. 1 provider of information technology to the U.S. government, said it expected double-digit growth in its overall cybersecurity business over the next three to five years, and even bigger gains in the commercial sector.

Lockheed, also the Pentagon’s biggest supplier, said it was making strong inroads in the commercial market by leveraging a dozen years of experience and intelligence gathered while guarding its own networks and those of government agencies.

Feb 19, 2015

Lockheed says international sales could reach 30 pct of annual revs

Feb 18 (Reuters) – International sales could eventually
account for 30 percent of Lockheed Martin Corp’s annual
revenue, Chief Executive Officer Marillyn Hewson told Reuters on

Hewson said international sales contributed 20 percent of
total revenue in 2014, and the company was on track to boost
foreign sales to 25 percent of overall revenue in the next few
years. She added that she could envision foreign sales expanding
to 30 percent, but gave no timeframe for when that could occur.

Feb 18, 2015

Arms makers cautiously welcome new U.S. export policy on drones

WASHINGTON, Feb 18 (Reuters) – U.S. weapons makers on
Wednesday cautiously welcomed a new U.S. export policy for
unmanned planes, saying it could boost equipment sales while
making it easier for the U.S. military to operate with allies in
future conflicts.

The U.S. government on Tuesday established a policy for
sales of military and commercial drones, including armed ones,
that maps out more clearly how it will judge possible exports,
but maintain strict controls on sales.[ID: nL1N0VR1R1]

Feb 18, 2015

Lockheed cites F-35 software issue, no delay in Marine target combat use

WASHINGTON, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp
may need to update the F-35 fighter jet’s software after issues
arose during testing, but that should not delay the U.S. Marine
Corp’s plan to declare the jet ready for initial combat use in
July, the head of the company’s aeronautics division said

Orlando Carvalho, executive vice president for Lockheed
Aeronautics, told Reuters that some issues had come up during
testing with radar tracking in the fighter jet’s mission systems
software, but that they were “manageable” before the July target

Feb 17, 2015

U.S. establishes policy for exports of armed drones

WASHINGTON, Feb 17 (Reuters) – The U.S. government on
Tuesday established a policy for exports of military and
commercial drones, including armed ones, and plans to work with
other countries to shape global standards for the use of the
controversial weapons systems.

The State Department said it would allow exports of lethal
U.S. military drones under strict conditions, including that
sales must be made through government programs and that
recipient nations must agree to certain “end-use assurances.”

Feb 16, 2015

Italy to maintain F-35 jet orders despite political pressure -sources

ROME/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Italy plans to maintain its order for 90 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets, despite political pressure to slash spending on the planes, after winning a major maintenance contract, sources in Rome and the U.S. told Reuters.

Lawmakers from Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s ruling Democratic Party in May called for the government to halve spending on the project, while some opposition parties want it dropped completely.

Feb 14, 2015

GenCorp CEO to head Aerojet Rocketdyne after Boley departure

WASHINGTON, Feb 13 (Reuters) – GenCorp Inc Chief
Executive Officer Scott Seymour on Friday took over as head of
the company’s Aerojet Rocketdyne unit after the abrupt departure
of its president, Warren Boley.

Boley’s departure was effective immediately, said GenCorp
spokesman Glenn Mahone. He said Seymour would remain chief
executive and president of the parent company, which makes
equipment for the aerospace and defense sector.