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  • Lockheed F-35 gets first female pilot - Air Force Wednesday, 6 May 2015 | 9:00 PM ET

    all-female combat sortie over Afghanistan in 2011, this week became the first woman to fly the Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 jet, the Air Force said on Wednesday. Mau, deputy commander of the 33rd Fighter Wing Operations Group, on Tuesday completed her first training flight in the single-seat stealth fighter after 14 virtual training missions in a simulator, said...

  • OTTAWA, May 1- Canadian officials said on Friday a C $26.2 billion program to build 15 naval ships could end up below target and over budget, the latest challenge to Canada's troubled military procurement process. "Do we think that the C $26.2 billion is going to become the sort of ceiling cost in the time frame we're talking about? Canada's official spending...

  • *China's Avic forecast to become world's biggest drone maker. While its technology lags the United States and Israel, the biggest vendors of unmanned aerial vehicles, China is attracting a growing list of foreign buyers including Nigeria, Pakistan and Egypt. Market researcher Forecast International pegged the value of production for military drones...

  • April 8- A retired U.S. Army colonel has agreed to plead guilty to negotiating a job with financier Lynn Tilton's private equity firm while also taking steps to ensure a helicopter company that did business with the Department of Defense got paid faster. Court papers do not identify by name the helicopter company, MD Helicopters in Mesa, Arizona, or Patriarch...

  • *Modi tired of India being world's biggest arms importer. NEW DELHI, April 8- Indian firms have spurned some $15 billion worth of government tenders to make a range of weapons since 2013, Defense Ministry officials say, in a blow to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his drive to wean the country off imported arms. Irked by India's status as the world's biggest arms...

  • WARSAW, April 2- Poland will choose the supplier for its medium-range missile defence system in April, Deputy Defence Minister Czeslaw Mroczek was quoted as saying. Last year, Poland short-listed a consortium of France's Thales and European group MBDA, as well as U.S. firm Raytheon, in its tender for the missile defence system. "The minister's decision on the...

  • *U.S. Army deploys Patriot air defense battery near Warsaw. WARSAW, March 21- The U.S. Army Europe has deployed a Patriot missile defense battery near Warsaw as part of joint exercises with Poland aimed at reassuring the NATO member in light of the conflict in neighboring Ukraine. Poland, in NATO since 1999, does not have its own system to protect against ballistic...

  • *U.S. Army deploys Patriot air defence battery near Warsaw. WARSAW, March 21- The U.S. Army Europe has deployed a Patriot missile defence battery near Warsaw as part of joint exercises with Poland aimed at reassuring the NATO member in light of the conflict in neighbouring Ukraine. Poland, in NATO since 1999, does not have its own system to protect against ballistic...

  • Air Force officials are due to meet with Pentagon chief arms buyer Frank Kendall on Wednesday to map out an acquisition strategy for the new program, David Madden, executive director of the Air Force's Space and Missiles Systems Center told a breakfast meeting hosted by the nonprofit Mitchell Institute. Lockheed Martin Corp is under contract to build the...

  • The Navy's top uniformed officer told Reuters he expected to finalize the annual wish list for U.S. lawmakers this week so it can be reviewed by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus; the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter. Greenert said the Navy faces a possible shortfall of two to three squadrons of strike fighters, or up to 36 airplanes,...

  • WARSAW, March 10- Poland plans to choose the supplier for its medium-range missile defence system within the next few weeks, Deputy Defence Minister Czeslaw Mroczek said on Tuesday. Last year, Poland short-listed U.S. firm Raytheon and a consortium of France's Thales and European group MBDA in its tender for a mid-range missile defence system, which is...

  • WARSAW, March 10- Poland plans to choose the supplier for its medium-range missile defence system within the next few weeks, Deputy Defence Minister Czeslaw Mroczek said on Tuesday. "In the next few weeks we will make the decision regarding the supplier for this system," Mroczek told reporters. Last year, Poland short-listed a consortium of France's Thales and...

  • WARSAW, March 10- Poland plans to choose the supplier for its medium-range missile defense system within the next few weeks, Deputy Defense Minister Czeslaw Mroczek said on Tuesday. "In the next few weeks we will make the decision regarding the supplier for this system," Mroczek told reporters. Last year, Poland short-listed a consortium of France's Thales and...

  • Air Force acquisition chief William LaPlante said the Air Force would likely also adopt a "cost-plus" type contract for the development phase of the new bomber, given that it would include more new technologies than mature technologies. The Air Force expects to award a contract valued at $50 billion to $80 billion this summer for development and procurement of...

  • Sikorsky said it was still working out details, but any deal with the Army would likely include more government-handed depot maintenance than the $2 billion deal that Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin Corp were awarded on Friday by the U.S. Navy for servicing its MH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters. Mitchell said the talks with the Army were still in the early stages, but he...

  • US Army secretary optimistic on relief from budget caps Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 10:26 AM ET

    McHugh said that if the budget caps, known as sequestration, remained in place, U.S. lawmakers would have to make tough decisions about which missions it wanted to Army to abandon. If sequestration cuts take effect, he said, the Army would try to protect two big weapons programs for new ground vehicles: a Humvee replacement contract due to be awarded this year, and a...

  • PARIS, Feb 25- Talks on the sale of 126 Rafale fighter jets to India are advancing, a French defence ministry spokesman said during a visit to India by Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian to salvage a deal stalled on the issue of local assembly of the aircraft. One major sticking point has been over who would be responsible for the manufacturers' guarantee on 108 of...

  • SYDNEY, Feb 19- Australia will hold an open tender for a multi-billion dollar project to replace the army's current light armored vehicles with a next-generation ground combat system, Defense Minister Kevin Andrews said on Thursday. Britain's BAE Systems, which earlier this month won a contract to do heavy maintenance in Australia on Lockheed Martin Corp's...

  • POROSHENKO SAYS AGREEMENT IS FOR WITHDRAWAL OF HEAVY MILITARY EQUIPMENT TO BEGIN TWO DAYS AFTER CEASEFIRE.

  • Feb 6- Harris Corp said it would buy Exelis Inc in a deal valued at about $4.75 billion, combining two big suppliers to the U.S. military at a time when the government is squeezing spending on defense. Exelis, spun off from ITT Corp in 2011, makes antennas for military aircraft, domes for Navy ships, sonar systems and GPS navigation systems. The total offer of $23.75 per...