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12/21 /2010 – By Kirsten Ashbaugh
F-35 Faces Cut
“Lockheed Martin Corp.’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program faces a $1 billion budget cut under a bill to finance government operations that’s advancing toward a Senate vote.
“The move would strip out the JSF money, eliminating seven aircraft, from a U.S. Defense Department request for $7.86 billion and 42 planes, according to the spending measure, which didn’t give a rationale for the new totals.
“Savings from the JSF program, the Pentagon’s biggest arms project, would be the most among $8.4 billion in weapons- spending reductions in the 1,924-page Senate bill released Dec. 14. Bethesda, Maryland-based Lockheed is the largest U.S. defense contractor by sales….” Read more.
India Receives the First Lockheed Martin C130Js
“This is India’s first experience with the C-130 so the package being provided by the US government is comprehensive. The contract includes six aircraft, training of aircrew and maintenance technicians, spares, ground support and test equipment, servicing carts, forklifts, loading vehicles, cargo pallets and a team of technical specialists who will be based in India during a three-year initial support period. Also included in the package is India-unique operational equipment designed to increase Special Operations capabilities. The first two C-130Js will be flown to India early next year, followed by the remaining four aircraft deliveries later in 2011. India’s new airlift fleet will be based at Hindon Air Force Station….” Read more.
U.S. Navy Allowed to Buy Both LCS Versions
“With the House’s passage of a federal funding bill Dec. 21, the U.S. Navy received the necessary congressional permission to buy both versions of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS)….
“The Navy had intended to choose this year between competing LCS designs from Lockheed Martin and Austal USA, but on Nov. 3 the service revealed its desire to buy 10 more ships of each design – a move that needed congressional approval….” Read more.
Senate to Proceed to Final Vote on START
“After seven months of debate and more than 20 hearings on the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty between the United States and Russia, the full Senate agreed today to proceed to a final vote.
“The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved the treaty, but the full Senate will have to ratify the pact in a vote…
“The senators voted 67-28 to end the debate and move on to a final vote….” Read more.
“Warfighters to Get Improved Eyes in the Sky”
“Warfighters in Afghanistan will get an unprecedented capability to track and monitor activity on the ground in the coming months with the initial deployment of a new ultra-high-resolution camera able to scan a wide field of view and download images in real time.
“The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, the Defense Department’s high-tech research and development arm, is working with the Army to deploy its new Autonomous Real-time Ground Ubiquitous Surveillance-Imaging System program during the first half of 2011, program manager Brian Leininger told American Forces Press Service….” Read more.
First Flight for Second EC175
“The second EC175 prototype helicopter performed its first flight today at Eurocopter’s Marignane, France facility, marking another on-time milestone in the development of this new-generation rotary-wing aircraft….
“The latest EC175 prototype is configured for oil and gas industry transportation operations, and includes noticeably emergency flotation gear, external life rafts, a full set of radio navigation equipment, HTAWS functionalities, HUMS, a cargo sling and hoist, along with a high-performance air conditioning system….” Read more.