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  • WASHINGTON, June 5- Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc on Friday won two contracts worth a combined $4.3 billion to complete design work and construction of the USS John F. Kennedy aircraft carrier, the Pentagon said in its daily digest of major weapons contracts. The first contract, a fixed-price deal with an incentive fee, was worth $3.4 billion for design and...

  • A robot competes during the DARPA Robot Challenge.

    A robotics contest on Friday will pit robots against each other to carry out complicated, disaster-related tasks.

  • WASHINGTON, May 27- The U.S. Navy on Wednesday said it had signed a deal with Japan to buy components from two decommissioned, U.S.-built MH-53E heavy-lift helicopters operated by the Asian country, and other spare parts to help service its own aging fleet of H-53 aircraft. The deal is small, valued at just over $67,000, but marks the first time that Naval Air Systems...

  • Poland says Airbus utility helicopter passed army tests Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 5:08 AM ET

    POWIDZ Air Base, Poland, May 27- The Airbus utility helicopter, preliminarily selected by Poland in a $3 billion tender, has passed army tests, a prerequisite for opening formal negotiations for the purchase, the Polish army said on Wednesday. "The presented helicopter has met the requirements set by the armed forces as well as those described by the producer,"...

  • *Turkey believes robust military vital for regional role- analyst. *China weapons deal has raised concern among NATO members. ANKARA, May 27- For years Turkey has boasted NATO's largest army, bar only the United States, and now President Tayyip Erdogan wants a defence industry to match.

  • The new arms race in the South China Sea Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 1:19 PM ET
    An Indonesian naval vessel.

    Defense spending among nations in the South China Sea region is rising, but most of it isn't going to the United States.

  • WASHINGTON, May 15- The U.S. Air Force's acquisition chief said on Friday he expects the Air Force to announce the winner of a hard-fought competition to build a new long-range strike bomber in one to two months. Northrop Grumman Corp, maker of the B-2 bomber, is competing against a team of Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp to build 80 to 100 new LRS-B aircraft for the...

  • BERLIN, May 15- Germany's defense ministry has decided to buy MEADS, a successor to the Patriot missile defense system developed by European defense group MBDA and U.S. weapons maker Lockheed Martin Corp, German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported on Friday. The newspaper, which did not identify its sources, said the Lockheed-lead MEADS consortium had...

  • BERLIN, May 15- Germany's defense ministry has decided to buy MEADS, the successor to the Patriot missile defense system from the firm MBDA, German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported on Friday. The newspaper, which did not identify its sources, said MBDA, along with U.S. firm Lockheed Martin, would make the MEADS system ready for series production.

  • May 13- Smiths Group Plc. *Smiths Detection Inc. announces $23 mln chemical detector order from the U.S. army. *U.S. Army contracting command- Aberdeen proving ground, in support of joint chemical agent detector program, exercised an option for a $23 million production order on an existing contract.

  • Does Elon Musk have one more trick up his sleeve? Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    The unmanned Falcon 9 rocket launched by SpaceX lifts off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida January 10, 2015.

    Elon Musk's venture is taking off as it snares major space contracts. Now rivals like UAL and Blue Origin are vying for the niche market.

  • Saudi Arabia to build planes with Ukraine's Antonov Thursday, 7 May 2015 | 9:34 AM ET

    DUBAI, May 7- Saudi Arabia and Ukraine's Antonov aircraft company are to build transport planes for military and civilian use in a deal strengthening the kingdom's drive to develop a domestic military industry. Antonov said in a separate statement a modernised version of the AN-32 would be designed jointly and then produced in Saudi Arabia, which would own the...

  • 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...