Textron Unveils Renamed Aircraft Simulation Business; James Takats Comments

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Textron (NYSE: TXT) has changed the name of its business operations unit that delivers flight simulation technology and services to both military and industrial customers. The company’s simulation and training systems business has been renamed TRU Simulation + Training Inc., Textron announced Tuesday. “Providing solutions that depict realistic environments and conditions that are true to...

Ian Copeland to Head DynCorp’s UK Arm; Chris Bernhardt Comments

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Maj. Gen. Ian Copeland, who retired from the British army earlier this year, has joined DynCorp International as U.K. managing director as the company aims to expand in Britain, the company said Thursday. Chris Bernhardt, DynCorp president, said the company intends to leverage its experience in maintaining military aircraft and vehicles worldwide to seek business opportunities in the U.K. The company...

Deborah Lee James: Air Force Plans Long-Range Bomber RFP For Later This Year

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Deborah Lee James The U.S. Air Force is requesting $11.8 billion in funding to build a new long-range bomber, Bloomberg News reported Thursday. Tony Capaccio writes the branch intends to acquire up to 100 Long-Range Strike Bomber units for $55 billion total over five years. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said earlier this month at a Bloomberg Government conference that the branch could...

Lockheed, Rolls-Royce Ink $1B C-130 Engine Deal; Tom Bell, George Shultz Comment

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Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT) has agreed to power its C-130J aircraft with Rolls-Royce-built engines under a $1 billion deal signed by both companies. Rolls-Royce will deliver nearly 600 AE 2100 engines for the C-130J Super Hercules and develop those engines for all C-130J variants through 2025, Rolls-Royce said Wednesday. The engines are intended to help fulfill requirements for contracts with...

Report: Mitsubishi Heavy, BAE Discuss F-35 Parts Deal

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Japan-based Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is negotiating with BAE Systems the terms of a potential contract, where Mitsubishi Heavy would supply components for Lockheed Martin‘s (NYSE: LMT) F-35 aircraft, Reuters reported Monday. Tim Kelly writes the progress of that agreement depends on the decision of Japan’s government on whether to subsidize production of parts for the F-35’s rear fuselage. BAE...

CAE to Build UAS Trainer Simulator for Italy’s Air Force; Gene Colabatistto Comments

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Gene Colabatistto CAE (NYSE: CAE) has been selected to develop an unmanned aerial system trainer that works to simulate General Atomics-built unmanned aircraft for Italy’s air force. Pilots and sensor operators of the General Atomics-built Predator will use the CAE UAS mission trainer during initial and mission training, CAE said Tuesday. “CAE has a long history of supporting the simulation...

Huntington Ingalls Subsidiary Wins $135M to Maintain Navy Aircraft Carriers; Harris Leonard Comments

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A Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE: HII) subsidiary has won a potential five-year, $135 million contract to help the U.S. Navy maintain aircraft carriers and train personnel. AMSEC LLC will work to repair and modernize shipboard elevators, cargo equipment and related systems within the Navy’s carriers, as well as to train operators, Huntington Ingalls said Thursday. Harris Leonard, HII vice president...

Gene Colabatistto: CAE Extends Global Defense Reach With $102M in 3Q Military Training Deals

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Gene Colabatistto CAE (NYSE: CAE) won approximately $102 million in contract awards during the third quarter of its 2014 fiscal year, covering flight simulation technology and related services to U.S. and international defense customers. Those deaks include a potential $30 million contract to support the U.S. Navy‘s T44-C pilot training program, CAE said Wednesday. “We are encouraged by...

Lockheed Awarded $169M for C-130 Long Lead Work

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Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has been awarded a $169,726,427 contract by the U.S. Air Force ahead of planned long-lead work for the branch’s fleet of C-130J aircraft. This not-to-exceed firm-fixed-price contract covers advance procurement funding for the 18 planes and a performance period through October 2016, the Defense Department said Friday. The Air Force will obligate the full amount at...

Northrop Transports Unmanned Helicopter to Navy for Flight Test; George Vardoulakis Comments

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Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC) has transported an unmanned helicopter to the U.S. Navy for flight tests prior to the helicopter’s planned operations start date of 2014. Northrop assembled the second MQ-8C Fire Scout helicopter at its Moss Point, Miss.-based facility and the helicopter joins its predecessor at Point Mugu, Calif.-based Naval Base Ventura County for the testing, Northrop Grumman said...

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