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Jun 23, 2014

U.S. missile defense system destroys target in key test

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. missile defense system managed by Boeing Co on Sunday hit a simulated enemy missile over the Pacific in the first successful intercept test of the program since 2008, the U.S. Defense Department said.

The intercept will help validate the troubled Boeing-run Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system which provides the sole U.S. defense against long-range ballistic missiles, and the Raytheon Co kill vehicle that separates from the rocket and hits an incoming warhead.

Jun 22, 2014

U.S. missile defense system hits target in key test -sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. missile defense system managed by Boeing Co on Sunday hit a simulated enemy missile over the Pacific in the first successful intercept test of the program since 2008, sources briefed on the test results said.

The successful interception will help validate the troubled Boeing-run Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system which provides the sole U.S. defense against long-range ballistic missiles, and the Raytheon Co kill vehicle that separates from the rocket and hits the incoming warhead, the sources said.

Jun 21, 2014

U.S. revamping Boeing missile defence deal as crucial test looms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon is restructuring a $3.48 billion (2 billion pounds) contract with Boeing Co for management of the troubled U.S. homeland missile defence program, said two sources familiar with the situation.

The system, which faces a critical test on Sunday, has failed to hit a dummy missile in five of eight tests since the Bush administration rushed to deploy the system in 2004 to counter growing threats by North Korea. It has not hit a target since 2008.

Jun 21, 2014

Exclusive: U.S. revamping Boeing missile defense deal as crucial test looms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon is restructuring a $3.48 billion contract with Boeing Co for management of the troubled U.S. homeland missile defense program, said two sources familiar with the situation.

The system, which faces a critical test on Sunday, has failed to hit a dummy missile in five of eight tests since the Bush administration rushed to deploy the system in 2004 to counter growing threats by North Korea. It has not hit a target since 2008.

Jun 19, 2014

Circuit maker pays $10 million to settle U.S. export control charges

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – California-based Intersil Corp has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $10 million to settle 339 alleged violations of U.S. export control laws that potentially harmed U.S. national security, the State Department said on Wednesday.

The department said an extensive compliance review showed that many of the alleged violations occurred because Intersil did not properly control its radiation hardened and tolerant circuits, which were on the U.S. munitions list.

Jun 19, 2014

United Technologies, Canada reach deal on delayed helicopters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – United Technologies Corp (UTX.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) on Wednesday said its Sikorsky Aircraft unit would record sales of $850 million and a charge of $440 million in the second quarter after signing a revamped agreement with Canada for 28 maritime helicopters.

The amendment to the long delayed multibillion dollar deal will allow Canada to start retiring its fleet of aging Sea King helicopters in 2015 and accelerate operations of the new CH-148 Cyclone helicopters, the company said in a statement.

Jun 17, 2014

Boeing-Lockheed venture eyes alternate rocket engine by 2019

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The rocket launch company run by Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp on Monday said it had signed contracts with multiple U.S. firms to work on a next-generation rocket engine as an alternative to a Russian engine now used for key launches.

United Launch Alliance (ULA), the joint venture run by the two largest U.S. weapons makers, said it would choose one of the companies to develop a new engine by the fourth quarter, which would enable initial launches by 2019.

Jun 17, 2014

McCain questions ‘cronyism’ on Lockheed F-35 program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Senator John McCain on Monday said he was concerned by recent revelations of U.S. government-industry “cronyism” in developing Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35 fighter jet, and said the $398.6 billion program still had “major problems.”

McCain, a key member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he had long been troubled by the Pentagon’s payment of 85-percent or higher award fees to Lockheed on the F-35 program despite cost increases and schedule delays, adding the background to those decisions was “disturbing.”

Jun 17, 2014

McCain questions U.S. govt-industry ‘cronyism’ on Lockheed F-35 program

WASHINGTON, June 16 (Reuters) – Republican Senator John
McCain on Monday said he was concerned by recent revelations of
U.S. government-industry “cronyism” in developing Lockheed
Martin Corp’s F-35 fighter jet, and said the $398.6
billion program still had “major problems.”

McCain, a key member of the Senate Armed Services Committee,
said he had long been troubled by the Pentagon’s payment of
85-percent or higher award fees to Lockheed on the F-35 program
despite cost increases and schedule delays, adding the
background to those decisions was “disturbing.”

Jun 15, 2014

U.S. orders mandatory inspections for F-35s after engine issue

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. military has ordered mandatory inspections of all Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets before further flights after a Marine Corps F-35B model suffered an in-flight emergency last week, a Pentagon spokesman said on Sunday.

Joe DellaVedova, spokesman for the F-35 program office, said the inspections were ordered late on Friday but that a majority of the 97 F-35s in the fleet – 69 operational jets used for training and 28 test aircraft – had already been inspected and cleared to resume flights on Monday.