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Oct 1, 2007

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has asked Congress for nearly $190 billion for the war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Some of the money -- $11 billion -- would be used to pay for additional armored vehicles needed to protect troops from roadside bombs. The request adds another $42 billion to the administration's initial budget request of $142 billion plus $5.3 billion allotted over the summer for the purchase of armored vehicles. Sep 27, 2007

Arms in space. The push into space has always been, in part, a push to stay ahead militarily. Successive administrations have explored the possibilities of weaponry that often sounded like science fiction but sometimes lead to breakthroughs -- like lasers, for example. Space weapons are "still definitely part of the program," said Philip E. Coyle III, a former director of weapon testing at the Pentagon. "But they don't emphasize it because the arms-control people come out of the woodwork." Sep 25, 2007

The U.S. Air Force is interested in re-establishing production of Raytheon's laser-guided Maverick missile to meet an urgent need for a close air support weapon to defeat high-speed moving targets with minimal collateral damage. The laser-guided, combat-proven AGM-65E Maverick is an air-to-ground missile that is effective and reliable against armored and moving surface targets in scenarios involving urban environments and during close air support missions. Sep 25, 2007

Bath Iron Works

The U.S. Navy agreed to a schedule change that will reduce a workload gap at Bath Iron Works in Maine. Construction of the first DDG-1000 Zumwalt class destroyer at Bath will reduce an anticipated workload gap, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said Tuesday. The Navy will first ship needed material to Bath instead of to Northrop Grumman's Ingalls shipyard in Mississippi, allowing both shipyards to adjust their work schedules to better accommodate their workforces. Both shipyards are to build destroyers simultaneously. Sep 25, 2007 Boeing Boeing's A160T Hummingbird unmanned rotorcraft has completed an 8h flight, it's longest yet, carrying a 450kg (1,000lb) payload. The helicopter reached an altitude of 5,000ft (1,500m) on the 26 September flight from Victorville, California. It was carrying a simulated battlefield resupply payload. "The ability to carry a 1,000lb payload and fly for that duration puts the A160T in a category by itself," says programme manager Jim Martin. First flown in June, the A160T is a turbine-powered version of the Hummingbird unmanned rotorcraft originally designed by Frontier Systems, which was acquired by Boeing in 2004. Boeing is building 11 A160Ts for the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and US Special Operations Comm Sep 29, 2007 Boeing Boeing, working with industry teammates and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, successfully completed a missile defense flight test today that resulted in the intercept of a target warhead and demonstrated the capability and reliability of the nation's only defense against long-range ballistic missiles. Sep 28, 2007

Boeing

Boeing is offering India its CH-47F Chinook helicopter in response to the country's expected need for 12 medium- to heavy-lift helicopters. Boeing's bid will highlight the CH-47F's high-altitude and lift capability in hot conditions, a must-have for conditions in India, according to Chuck Allen, Boeing's vice president and general manager for rotorcraft systems. Sep 26, 2007

Boeing

Canada's Air Force has asked Boeing to construct a couple of prototypes of upgraded CH-47 Chinook helicopters. Canadian Air Staff Chief Lt. Gen. Angus Watt confirmed that upgrades have been requested but declined to discuss specifics. Sep 26, 2007

Boeing, Grumman

Navy takes delivery of first Boeing Super Hornet EA-18G to replace its Grumman EA-6 Prowlers. Boeing delivered the first Super Hornet EA-18G "Growler" aircraft to the Navy on Sept. 24. The Growler features radar-jamming equipment and other gear designed to knock out electronic devices and disrupt enemy air defenses. The Navy will buy three Growlers to test during 2008, and the jets are scheduled to be deployed in 2010. The Navy has agreed to buy 85 at about $60 million each by 2013. Sep 26, 2007 EDO Corp Military contractor EDO Corp. on Friday said it received a $55 million deal for support work on the ballistic missile defense system. Sep 28, 2007 Elbit Systems Elbit Systems reported today that it had been selected to equip the Israel Air Force with its Lizard laser-guided bombs. Contract value is several $Millions and the initial supply of the systems to the IAF has already begun. Sep 28, 2007 Honeywell Honeywell International Inc. said Thursday it has agreed to supply its Enovate blowing agent, which is used to insulate refrigerators, to Chinese home appliance maker Hisense Kelon. Sep 27, 2007 Lockheed Martin Lockheed Martin on Thursday said it raised its quarterly dividend 20% to 42 cents a share and that it intends to purchase an additional 20 million of its shares, bringing its total buyback program to 128 million shares. Sep 28, 2007 Lockheed Martin Lockheed Martin has completed proof pressure testing of the Revolutionary Approach To Time-critical Long Range Strike vehicle. This testing validates the vehicle's structural integrity and is a crucial step in the development of the flight demonstration vehicle. Sep 28, 2007 Lockheed Martin Cubic Defense Applications, the defense unit of Cubic Corp. said Thursday it received a $50.3 million development contract from Lockheed Martin Corp. Sep 27, 2007 Lockheed Martin Defense contractor Lockheed Martin, maker of the F-22 fighter, said Thursday it would repurchase 20 million additional shares as part of an existing buyback program. Sep 27, 2007 Lockheed Martin

Lawmakers on Thursday are expected to probe senior US Air Force and Lockheed Martin Corp. officials over cost disparities on an $11.7 billion military transport plane program. Sep 27, 2007 Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin Corp. on Thursday said it raised its quarterly dividend by 20 percent, to 42 cents per share. The Bethesda, Md.-based company will pay the dividend Dec. 28 to shareholders of record Dec. 3. Sep 27, 2007

Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman announced Sept. 28 that it was awarded Navy contracts for maintenance and update work on aircraft carriers in San Diego and Yokosuka, Japan. The contractor will manage the maintenance for the USS Nimitz, USS Ronald Reagan and other nuclear aircraft carriers at North Island in San Diego. The contract is worth $120 million. The second contract, worth $1.8 million, is for preparations for the arrival of the USS George Washington in Japan in 2008. Sep 28, 2007 Northrop Grumman Northrop Grumman Corporation played a key role in today's successful intercept test of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency's Ground-Based Midcourse Defense system. Sep 28, 2007

Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman has landed a five-year contract worth up to $98 million from the Naval Surface Warfare Center for the procurement of about 940 Special Operations Forces Laser Acquisition Marker Special Operations Forces Laser Rangefinder Designators. The SOFLAM SOFLRD is a laser designator and rangefinder that lets Special Operations Forces personnel locate and designate critical enemy targets. The device may also be used for remote firing and for mounting accessories such as pointers and night sights. Sep 25, 2007 Northrop Grumman Northrop Grumman said Monday it has been awarded a five-year contract valued at more than $98 million for procurement of about 940 laser designators and rangefinders for Special Operations Forces. Sep 24, 2007

Northrop Grumman, Airbus

Northrop Grumman has announced that its first KC-30 Tanker aircraft flew for the first time Tuesday. Northrop Grumman said its D-1 aircraft "flew for nearly four hours and will be the first aircraft delivered to the U.S. Air Force if the Northrop Grumman team is awarded the KC-X contract. Contract award is currently expected in December 2007 or early January 2008." The KC-30 aircraft is based on a commercial Airbus A330-200F freighter. Sep 28, 2007

Pemco Aviation Group, Boeing

Pemco Aviation Group is protesting the Air Force's award to Boeing of a $1.1 billion contract for maintenance services for the Boeing KC-135 air to air refueling tanker. The protest was filed with the U.S. Government Accountability Office, which will make a recommendation within 100 days. Boeing officials say the contract was properly awarded. Sep 24, 2007 Raytheon Defense contractor Raytheon said Thursday it received a $6.5 million contract from the Office of Naval Research for semiconductor integrated circuits. Sep 27, 2007

Raytheon

Raytheon has landed a $6.5 million contract from the Office of Naval Research for semiconductor integrated circuits, which will be used in military systems. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency - DARPA is funding the work through its Compound Semiconductor Materials on Silicon program. Sep 27, 2007

Raytheon

Raytheon protest of L-3 Communications contract award rejected. L-3 Communications will continue in its lead role to produce at least 78 C-27J Spartan propeller-driven aircraft despite a challenge by Raytheon. Raytheon had protested the award of the $2 billion contract to L-3 Communications, saying its own plane was less expensive but just as good. The GAO rejected the protest. Sep 27, 2007 Raytheon, Boeing Raytheon components built under contract to Boeing, the prime contractor for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system, played key roles in the destruction of a ballistic missile target during GMD's latest successful flight test conducted Sept. 28 by the U.S. Sep 28, 2007

Sikorsky Aircraft

Sikorsky Aircraft is marketing its International Black Hawk, a less expensive version of the transport helicopters used by the U.S. military. The company hopes to produce 24 to 30 of the aircraft annually starting in 2011. Potential customers are in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Observers expect the helicopters to cost $1 million to $2 million less than the latest conventional Black Hawks. Sep 28, 2007

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