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Jun 14, 2015

Pratt says very comfortable with work on F-35 fighter jet engine

PARIS, June 14 (Reuters) – Engine maker Pratt & Whitney said
on Sunday it was “very comfortable” with progress on the F135
engine it builds for the Lockheed Martin Corp F-35
fighter jet, and expected to drive costs down further in the
next two batches of engines.

Mark Buongiorno, who heads Pratt’s work on the F135 engine,
said the company had submitted proposals for ninth and 10th
low-rate production contracts, and hoped to reach agreement with
the Pentagon before the end of the year. Pratt, a unit of United
Technologies Corp, has already delivered 228 engines to
the government, and the next two batches will add 160 aircraft.

Jun 14, 2015

Pratt expects to resume testing of A320neo engine within week

PARIS, June 14 (Reuters) – Paul Adams, president of engine
maker Pratt & Whitney, said his company had a fix for a small
component that has grounded Airbus’s revamped A320neo
since last month, and expected to start ground certification
testing within a week.

Adams told Reuters the company had made a “very minor
modification” to the component, a clip inside the company’s
geared turbofan engine, and was already assembling engines with
the redesigned part.

Jun 9, 2015

UTC to review Sikorsky options following offers

By Andrea Shalal, Mike Stone and Greg Roumeliotis

(Reuters) – United Technologies Corp’s (UTX.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) board of directors is scheduled to meet later this week to review options for its $8 billion Sikorsky aircraft business after receiving offers for it, people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

UTC is considering two potential tax-efficient transactions for Sikorsky: either a spin-off or a combination with peer Textron Inc (TXT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), which submitted an offer for Sikorsky earlier this month, the people said.

Jun 9, 2015

UTC to review Sikorsky options following offers -sources

June 9 (Reuters) – United Technologies Corp’s board
of directors is scheduled to meet later this week to review
options for its $8 billion Sikorsky aircraft business after
receiving offers for it, people familiar with the matter said on
Tuesday.

UTC is considering two potential tax-efficient transactions
for Sikorsky: either a spin-off or a combination with peer
Textron Inc, which submitted an offer for Sikorsky
earlier this month, the people said.

Jun 9, 2015

U.S. Air Force to use new Lockheed spacecraft for next satellites

WASHINGTON, June 9 (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force said on
Tuesday it will use Lockheed Martin Corp’s updated A2100
spacecraft for the fifth and sixth U.S. missile early warning
satellites, with no additional cost to its 2014 bulk purchase
contract with Lockheed.

The Air Force said by swapping out the spacecraft for the
next two Space Based Infrared System satellites, it will be
easier to implement new capabilities, including sensors that
would allow troops to see dimmer targets more quickly.

Jun 9, 2015

Germany to buy MEADS defense system from MBDA, Lockheed

WASHINGTON, June 9 (Reuters) – Germany said on Tuesday it
will buy the MEADS air and missile defense system from Europe’s
MBDA and Lockheed Martin Corp instead of an updated
Patriot system offered by Raytheon Co, but said the
companies would have to meet demanding performance milestones to
retain the contract.

Germany funded a quarter of the $4 billion invested by it,
the United States and Italy to develop the Medium Extended Air
Defense System (MEADS) as a successor to the Patriot air defense
system fielded in the 1980s.

Jun 7, 2015

US, Japan say first test of Raytheon’s new SM-3 missile a success

WASHINGTON, June 7 (Reuters) – The United States and Japan
on Sunday announced the first live fire test of Raytheon Co’s
new Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA missile that is
being jointly developed by the two countries for a combined cost
of around $2 billion.

Rick Lehner, spokesman for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency,
said the test conducted on Saturday from the Point Mugu Sea
Range off the coast of California was a success.

Jun 6, 2015

Big U.S. data breaches offer treasure trove for hackers

WASHINGTON, June 6 (Reuters) – A massive breach of U.S.
federal computer networks disclosed this week is the latest in a
flood of attacks by suspected Chinese hackers aimed at grabbing
personal data, industrial secrets and weapons plans from
government and private computers.

The Obama administration on Thursday disclosed the breach of
computer systems at the Office of Personnel Management and said
the records of up to 4 million current and former federal
employees may have been compromised.

Jun 6, 2015

Data hacked from U.S. government dates back to 1985 – U.S. official

WASHINGTON, June 5 (Reuters) – Data stolen from U.S.
government computers by suspected Chinese hackers included
security clearance information and background checks dating back
three decades, U.S. officials said on Friday, underlining the
scope of one of the largest known cyber attacks on federal
networks.

The breach of computer systems of the Office of Personnel
Management was disclosed on Thursday by the Obama
administration, which said records of up to 4 million current
and former federal employees may have been compromised.

Jun 6, 2015

Data hacked from U.S. government dates back to 1985: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Data stolen from U.S. government computers by suspected Chinese hackers included security clearance information and background checks dating back three decades, U.S. officials said on Friday, underlining the scope of one of the largest known cyber attacks on federal networks.

The breach of computer systems of the Office of Personnel Management was disclosed on Thursday by the Obama administration, which said records of up to 4 million current and former federal employees may have been compromised.