Archive | December, 2007

India: a US defense industry tour

Boeing today announced signing a 10-year, $1 billion deal with Hindustan Aeronautics to shift technology development and manufacturing operations to India. Raytheon announced a similar-but-less-specific plan and signed a partnership agreement with Tata about a year ago, and generally “looks forward to expanding its relationship with India“. Lockheed Martin apparently has been in India the […]

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Patent alert: Torpedo-launched, inflatable, high-altitude, endurance airship

New patent approved for Lockheed Martin last week. Here’s what it looks like: Source: www.uspto.gov Read the full patent document here: Download file

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Airborne Laser update

I’m in Seattle, indulging my magazine’s fetish-like taste for stories about non-bomb-dropping aircraft. Meanwhile, I recommend reading the Armchair Generalist’s series of posts yesterday and today about the recently-passed defense authorization bill.

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Mixed messages today on JSF

Mixed messages abound on the Lockheed Martin F-35 program today. Overall it should be a good week for the F-35, with the first test aircraft back in the air after a seven-month hiatus and the second test aircraft due to be rolled out of the factory very soon. But two articles appear in the press […]

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Is McCain taking aim at the C-17?

Andrea Shalal-Esa, of Reuters, reports today: The Pentagon’s internal watchdog is examining if the Air Force and Boeing Co had inappropriate contacts about a multi-billion dollar push to buy more C-17 transport planes, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday. The review follows a request by Arizona Sen. John McCain, a Republican […]

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CBO budget forecast: An allegorical interpretation

The Congressional Budget Office’s report out today summarizing long-term defense spending plans should be read a bit like a Lewis Carroll novel: Don’t take anything too literally and just have fun spotting all the hidden meanings. Here’s what I found: 1) The USAF has dumbed-down requirements for the long-range strike aircraft from the B-2 to […]

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NFL lineman dissed by army (part 2)

Michael Goldfarb argues that the US Army is right to blow off all NFL linemen, as this blog reported yesterday. This happily married blogger finds his arguments unconvincing, but go see for yourselves.

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LockMart: the UK experience

If you can look past the obvious propaganda, you can pick up some useful information in this video about the expanding presence of a US defense contractor in a foreign country.

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US Army disses NFL lineman

Trolling the US military’s contract solicitations is always a fun diversion for readers with a taste for irony. Take the US army’s solicitation yesterday (click here) for a NFL tour group to shake hands and sign autographs for the troops in Afghanistan. The contract requires the vendor to deliver three active or recently retired NFL […]

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Return of the J-UCAS

Anybody remember something called the Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems (J-UCAS)? That was the multi-billion dollar project that came just before what we now call UCAS-D, and just after what we used to call UCAV and UCAV-N. I hope that’s all clear. But J-UCAS died an obscenely protracted death in 2006 on the busy gallows […]

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