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11/28/2010 – By Kirsten Ashbaugh
ka@sldinfo.com



General Norton Schwartz (Credit: DoD Buzz)

General Norton Schwartz (Credit: DoD Buzz)

Anger Over KC-X Price Info Sharing

“The Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. Norton Schwartz, insisted today that sensitive information about the price of the tanker bids was not released when it mistakenly sent KC-X competitors Boeing and EADS information on each other’s offers earlier this month….

“Still, two people in the KC-X program office have already been fired and more would be “held accountable” for the incident, Schwartz said….” Read more.





A Chinese drone with missiles (Credit: The Wall Street Journal)

A Chinese drone with missiles (Credit: The Wall Street Journal)

What is China’s Interest in Drones?

“China is ramping up production of unmanned aerial vehicles in an apparent bid to catch up with the U.S. and Israel in developing technology that is considered the future of military aviation.

“Western defense officials and experts were surprised to see more than 25 different Chinese models of the unmanned aircraft, known as UAVs, on display at this week’s Zhuhai air show in this southern Chinese city. It was a record number for a country that unveiled its first concept UAVs at the same air show only four years ago, and put a handful on display at the last one in 2008….” Read more.





The CH-53K, formerly known as the CH-53X (Credit: globalsecurity.org)

The CH-53K, formerly known as the CH-53X (Credit: globalsecurity.org)

ITT Delivers First Assemblies for the CH-53K to Sikorsky

“ITT Corporation has delivered its first major structural subassemblies for the CH-53K heavy lift helicopter to Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.

“This delivery culminates nearly three years of advanced design, development, testing and manufacturing to provide sponsons for the CH-53K helicopter. These assemblies represent a significant technology advancement by applying composite materials — versus traditional metals — to military aircraft that operate in harsh environments….” Read more.




The Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (Credit: USMC)

The Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (Credit: USMC)

Taking the Cost of USMC Weapons Into Account

“The Marine Corps is set up to land a combat brigade on a beach while its mother ships remain well over the horizon, hopefully beyond the range of enemy defenses. To make these large-scale, long-distance landings possible, the Corps is developing the MV-22 Osprey, famously known as the “aircraft that takes off like a helicopter but flies like an airplane;” the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV), a 60-tonne, 20-knot sea-skimming armored vehicle that carries 17 Marine riflemen; and the F-35B STOVL variant of the Joint Strike Fighter, the Harrier of the future….” Read more.




(Credit: http://www.defencetalk.com/new-radar-systems-unveiled-at-lakenheath-30321/)

(Credit: http://www.defencetalk.com/new-radar-systems-unveiled-at-lakenheath-30321/)

New Radar System for USAF in Europe

“The 48th Fighter Wing became the first U.S Air Forces in Europe unit to receive new radar systems for air traffic control.

“The Digital Airport Surveillance Radar and Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System became operational Nov. 18 as part of a project conducted by officials with the Air Force Electronic Systems Center and Federal Aviation Administration to replace aging technology at Department of Defense airfields….” Read more.




(Credit: http://www.defencetalk.com/pentagon-awards-contract-for-fourth-lot-of-f-35-fighter-30279/)

(Credit: http://www.defencetalk.com/pentagon-awards-contract-for-fourth-lot-of-f-35-fighter-30279/)

Pentagon Awards $3.5B Contract for F-35

“Lockheed Martin has received a $3.5 billion contract modification from the U.S. Department of Defense to manufacture 31 F-35 Lightning II stealth fighters in the fourth lot of low-rate initial production (LRIP)….

“Under the contract, Lockheed Martin will produce 10 F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variants for the U.S. Air Force, 16 F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing variants for the U.S. Marine Corps, four F-35C carrier variants for the U.S. Navy and one F-35B for the United Kingdom. Additionally, the Netherlands has the option to procure one F-35A….” Read more.

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