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  • The Defense Department decided it could skip further orders for Boeing's F/A-18 fighter jets and EA-18G electronic attack planes after concluding that a halt in their production would not jeopardize suppliers for other big weapons programs, said Elana Broitman, the Pentagon's top industrial base official.

  • NEW YORK, April 3- Boeing Inc is considering buying Mercury Systems Inc, a supplier of digital signal and image processing systems to the aerospace and defense industry, according to two people familiar with the matter.

  • DOHA, March 27- Qatar announced contracts worth about $23 billion on Thursday to buy attack helicopters, guided missiles, tankers and other weapons from Boeing Co, Airbus and other arms makers as the Gulf state accelerates its military build-up. The weapons purchases include large deals with Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and others.

  • *Boeing gets contract for 24 Apache attack helicopters. DOHA, March 27- Qatar announced contracts worth about $23 billion on Thursday to buy attack helicopters, guided missiles, tankers and other weapons from Boeing Co, Airbus and other arms makers as the Gulf state accelerates its military build-up.

  • Rear Admiral Michael Manazir, director of the Navy's air warfare division, said on Wednesday the Navy decided to put the additional Growlers on an "unfunded priorities" list requested by Congress after classified studies showed the planes would improve the effectiveness of the overall 44- plane strike group on a carrier.

  • *Ambitious projects underway in Europe, United States. KUALA LUMPUR, March 21- The ease with which a big jetliner melted into the ether after vanishing from Malaysian radar illustrates an uncomfortable paradox about modern aviation: state-of-the-art airplanes rely on ageing ground infrastructure to tell them where to go.

  • *Ambitious projects underway in Europe, United States. KUALA LUMPUR, March 21- The ease with which a big jetliner melted into the ether after vanishing from Malaysian radar illustrates an uncomfortable paradox about modern aviation: state-of-the-art airplanes rely on ageing ground infrastructure to tell them where to go.

  • *Faster timeframe reflects crisis in next-door Ukraine. WARSAW/ WASHINGTON, March 20- Poland has decided to speed up its tender for a missile defence system, the Defence Ministry said, in a sign of Warsaw's disquiet over the tension between neighbouring Ukraine and Russia.

  • WARSAW/ WASHINGTON, March 20- Poland has decided to speed up its tender for a missile defence system, a defence ministry spokesman said on Thursday, in a sign of Warsaw's disquiet over the tension between neighbouring Ukraine and Russia.

  • WASHINGTON, March 10- After discovering China- made components in the F-35 fighter jet, a Pentagon investigation has uncovered Chinese materials in other major U.S. weaponry, including Boeing Co's B-1B bomber and certain Lockheed Martin Corp F-16 fighters, the U.S. Defense Department said.

  • WASHINGTON, March 4- The U.S. Missile Defense Agency is evaluating a range of options for redesigning the current Raytheon Co "kill vehicle" on its ground-based missile defense interceptors, and may opt for a competition, the agency's director said on Tuesday.

  • The Pentagon's new budget: Who wins and who loses Monday, 24 Feb 2014 | 3:39 PM ET
    United States Marines hold a giant American Flag across the court at the U.S. Open.

    Holders of U.S. defense stocks expressed relief that the budget spares most big arms firms. But not everybody wins.

  • But U.S. weapons maker Raytheon Co has revolutionized that process at a sprawling, classified facility in Huntsville, Alabama, where automated transporters ferry missile parts to gleaming assembly stations, and even tuck themselves away for charging when their batteries run low.

  • As West cuts, global defence industry balance shifts Wednesday, 12 Feb 2014 | 9:13 AM ET

    *Asia, Gulf to drive global defence growth in 2014. LONDON, Feb 12- Fuelled by growing strains in Middle East and Asia, global defence spending looks set to rise in 2014 for the first time since the 2008 financial crisis.

  • *F-35 costly, but a "number one prioriry"- Pentagon official. *Pentagon keeping close watch on Chinese investments.

  • Singapore, the tiny state with military clout Sunday, 9 Feb 2014 | 6:43 PM ET

    Singapore, one of Asia's smallest countries thinks big when it comes to defense.

  • Arms race on again as Middle East and Asia jostle Friday, 7 Feb 2014 | 9:35 AM ET

    Defense spending around the world is expected to rise for the first time since 2009 in 2014, as Asian and Middle Eastern countries buy up weapons.

  • Vietnamese, Indian and Thai carriers will place orders for over 100 Airbus or Boeing passenger jets worth $12 billion at list prices, industry officials say. Malaysian Airlines could also place an order for Airbus long-haul and medium-haul jets.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 5- The U.S. Defense Department remains skeptical of mergers involving its major contractors, a Pentagon official said on Wednesday, amid industry expectations that defense deal-making could revive this year.

  • Midday movers: Microsoft, MasterCard, Chevron & More Friday, 31 Jan 2014 | 12:43 PM ET
    This Wednesday, July 18, 2012 photo shows a MasterCard logo on the window of a store in Pittsburgh. MasterCard reported a 15 percent increase in quarterly income Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, after recording a $13 million expense related to a settlement with merchants over credit card fees. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Some of Friday's midday movers: