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  • 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...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 2- The U.S. Air Force's fiscal 2016 budget plan earmarks $7.1 billion for space programs, including a 10th Global Positioning System III satellite by Lockheed Martin Corp, and sets the stage for future competition for such satellites. Lockheed won the contract to build GPS-III satellites in 2008, beating out Boeing Co, which had built earlier GPS...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 2- The U.S. Air Force's fiscal 2016 budget released on Monday delayed a long-awaited competition for a new air-ground surveillance aircraft to replace the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System. The JSTARS program has been delayed repeatedly, although potential bidders had been heartened by statements from Air Force officials...

  • The new space race: SpaceX vs Boeing Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 5:57 PM ET
    The SpaceX Dragon cargo craft is shown just prior to being released by the International Space Station’s robotic arm in this May 31, 2012 photo.

    NASA has asked Boeing and SpaceX to develop and operate space "taxis" that will cut out a dependence on Russia.

  • Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh told a separate news conference at the Pentagon that he was confident the Air Force would meet its target date of declaring the F-35 A-model ready for initial combat use by August to December 2016. He said the Air Force had found a way to maintain its initial detachment of operational F-35s despite a shortage of...

  • A Jan. 5 memorandum signed by top Navy and Marine Corps officials described plans to use the V-22, built by Boeing Co and Textron Inc's Bell Helicopter unit, instead of opting for a new plane, or upgrading the existing C-2As. Navy acquisition chief Sean Stackley declined to confirm the Navy had decided to use the V-22 for the carrier on-board delivery mission, but he...

  • He said the Navy still expected to declare the F-35 C-model, which is designed for use on aircraft carriers, ready for combat use by the end of the decade, as planned. Mabus said the Navy was also looking at whether it needed additional EA-18G Growler electronic attack planes built by Boeing Co, since it was now the only military service providing that electronic...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 13- The U.S. Navy plans to buy V-22 tiltrotor aircraft built by Boeing Co and Textron Inc's Bell Helicopter unit to replace the older C-2A turboprop aircraft it now uses to ferry passengers and cargo to aircraft carriers, two people familiar with the issue said late Tuesday. The sources, who were not authorized to speak publicly, confirmed that top...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 13- The U.S. Navy plans to buy V-22 tiltrotor aircraft built by Boeing Co and Textron Inc's Bell Helicopter unit to replace the older C-2A turboprop aircraft it now uses to ferry passengers and cargo to aircraft carriers, two people familiar with the issue said late Tuesday. The sources, who were not authorized to speak publicly, confirmed that top...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 8- Facing tight budgets and a shrinking military, the United States said on Thursday it was ending operations at an air base in Britain and handing it and 14 other sites in Europe back to their home governments. In the biggest one, the Pentagon said it would leave RAF Mildenhall northeast of London, home to tanker, reconnaissance and special...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 23- BAE Systems has won a contract worth up to $1.2 billion to build a new type of armored vehicle for the U.S. Army, the company and Army officials said on Tuesday. "The AMPV capitalizes on proven Bradley and M109A7 designs, meeting the Army's force protection and all-terrain mobility requirements while enabling the AMPV to maneuver with the rest of...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 22- The Pentagon's internal watchdog on Monday questioned whether the U.S. government is paying United Technologies Corp too much to maintain the F117 engines that power Boeing Co's C-17 cargo plane, and it urged greater oversight. The Pentagon's inspector general faulted the Air Force for buying $1.54 billion worth of maintenance and repair...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 16- Northrop Grumman Corp has won a $657.4 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to provide South Korea with four RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned surveillance aircraft, the company and the Defense Department said on Tuesday. The contract, which includes two spare engines and ground control components, "will provide critically needed wide-area...

  • PALMDALE, Calif., Dec 10- Lockheed Martin Corp's Skunk Works was the driving force behind development of many well-known U.S. military aircraft, including the famed "Blackbird" or SR-71 spy plane that could fly from New York to Los Angeles in just over an hour. *While focused mainly on aircraft, it has developed other weapons, including the Joint Air- to-Surface...

  • Meet Lockheed Martin's fleet of firefighting drones   Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 AM ET
    Meet Lockheed Martin's fleet of firefighting drones

    Lockheed Martin wants to use its unmanned helicopter--the K-Max--as a firefighting tool. Check out the drone in action in video courtesy of Lockheed.

  • Here's the new US price tag for the war against ISIS Friday, 10 Oct 2014 | 7:26 AM ET
    ISIS ISIL Iraq

    There are signs that the Obama administration is getting ready to up the ante against ISIS - at a cost of up to an additional $40 billion a year.