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Report Suggests Multiple Approaches To Better Integrate Allied Defense Industrial Base

New exemptions for controlled goods, program licensing, integration of performance based logistics contracting, and improving standards to better enable open systems architecture among international partners are among the key recommendations in a new report aimed at furthering integration of the defense industrial bases of the U.S., Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. Another recommendation based […]

The launch of an AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder Missile. Photo: Raytheon.

State Department Approves Possible $270.4 Million Deal with UAE For Sidewinder Block II Missiles

The State Department has approved a possible $270.4 million deal with the United Arab Emirates for 300 AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder Block II missiles. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress on March 8 of the foreign military sale (FMS). “This potential sale will improve the UAE’s capability to meet current and future threats and provide […]

President Donald Trump. Photo: White House.

Trump Places Tariffs On Aluminum, Steel Imports; A&D Industry Sees Potential Harm

President Trump on Thursday announced tariffs on aluminum and steel imports, saying the new measures are meant to counter unfair trade practices that hurt American workers and industries and threaten national security. The tariffs, which Trump had already telegraphed last week, will help protect the U.S. steel and aluminum industries, the White House said. Trump […]

DARPA Director Steven Walker

DARPA Pushing Hypersonic Missile Development To Meet Russia, China Capabilities

The head of the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) is looking to speed up the development of hypersonic missile capabilities to meet those of Russia and China, including seeking more funding to grow the number of test facilities. DARPA is moving forward with several projects to advance flight testing and build new engines for […]

Lockheed Martin Chairman, President and CEO Marillyn Hewson

Hewson Says Details Lacking To Qualify Impact Of Trump’s Proposed Tariffs

Lockheed Martin [LMT] Chief Marillyn Hewson said on Monday that she doesn’t have enough information about President Trump’s plans for tariffs on steel and aluminum imports to know that the impact might be on her company and its suppliers. Hewson also said the company hasn’t had discussions with any of its foreign customers about how […]

Type 26 Global Combat Ship
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Lockheed Martin Wins BAE Subcontract To Supply VLS To UK’s New Type 26 Frigates

BAE Systems awarded Lockheed Martin [LMT] a contract for an undisclosed sum to supply the MK 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS) for the UK Royal Navy’s new Type 26 frigates. BAE is the prime contractor for Britain’s new Type 26 Global Combat Ship (GCS) frigates. The VLS is capable of launching anti-air, anti-submarine, surface-to-surface, and […]

An F-35 firing an AMRAAM. Photo: Raytheon.

F-35 Program Office, Contractor To Discuss Fighter Jet’s Deficiencies

The U.S. Defense Department’s F-35 Lightning II joint program office (JPO) plans to hold a “consideration summit” with prime contractor Lockheed Martin [LMT] in the “spring-summer timeframe” to discuss how to fix about 200 deficiencies that have been identified with the fighter jet and related equipment, according to the JPO’s leader. The shortfalls involve capabilities that […]