Report: Boeing, Lockheed Seen as Frontrunners for Canadian Fighter Contract

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The government of Canada might choose between Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) to supply the nation with fighter jets, Reuters reported Thursday. Reuters reports that Boeing’s F-18 Super Hornet and Lockheed’s F-35 have been deemed as suitable platforms to meet the requirements set forth by the Canadian military. Canadian officials are considering whether to hold an industry...

India Plans $2.5B Purchase of Boeing Chinook, Apache Helicopters

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India has approved a deal to purchase Boeing-built (NYSE: BA) Chinook and Apache helicopters for approximately $2.5 billion, Reuters reported Saturday. Nigam Prusty writes the purchase is part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plan to bolster the nation’s military posture. The government also agreed on a proposal by the Indian navy to buy 16 multi-role helicopters under a deal in which United...

Boeing to Deliver Aircraft Components, Spares to Saudi Arabia for $235M

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Boeing (NYSE: BA) will provide long-lead items ahead of the assembly and delivery of 24 AH-6i aircraft and associated ground support equipment and spare parts as part of a $234.7 million foreign military sale to Saudi Arabia. The Defense Department said Friday the contract work will be done in Mesa, Arizona, through the end of 2016. Boeing received the contract through the U.S. Army Contracting...

USAF Considers Air Force One Contract Split as Frank Kendall Seeks More Contract Competitions

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The U.S. Air Force is looking into a potential splitting of work on the future presidential plane between Boeing (NYSE: BA) and other contractors as Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall recently pushed for more competitive contracts. Tony Capaccio reports Thursday for Bloomberg News that Kendall has noted a low contract competition rate at DoD and recommended a stricter process for sole-source...

Report: NASA to Award Space Transportation Contract by Early September

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NASA will award a contract or contracts to develop space vehicles for transporting U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station by the end of August or in early September, National Journal reported Tuesday. Marina Koren reports that the future commercial spacecraft would end U.S. dependence on Russia’s Soyuz capsules to transport each astronaut for $70.7 million. The three finalists...

Boeing Awarded $296M for Lot 2 Poseidon Plane Parts

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Boeing (NYSE: BA) has been awarded a $295,643,284 contract to start acquiring parts to produce 12 P-8A Poseidon planes for the U.S. Navy and Australia. The advance acquisition contract includes $152,043,495 in purchases for the U.S. Navy and $143,599,789 in foreign military sales funds for sales to Australia, the Defense Department said Thursday. This contract covers long-lead items for the second...

State Dept OKs $2B Boeing AWACS Upgrade Deal for Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Arabia plans to modernize its fleet of Boeing-built (NYSE: BA) airborne warning and control systems aircraft through a $2 billion foreign military sales deal approved by the U.S. State Department. The government of Saudi Arabia is buying 5 AWACS Block 40/45 mission computing upgrade kits and 20 AN/UPX-40 friend or foe identification platforms from the U.S. government, the Defense Security Cooperation...

Army Awards Vertical Lift Helicopter Prototype Contracts to Bell, Boeing-Sikorsky Team

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The U.S. Army has selected Bell Helicopter and a team of Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Sikorsky to build demonstrator rotorcraft prototypes under phase one of the branch’s Joint Multi Role technology demonstration program, Aviation Week reported Tuesday. Amy Butler and Graham Warwick report the program is a precursor to the Army’s planned Future Vertical Lift Medium (FVL-M) program to acquire...

Tory Bruno Joins United Launch Alliance as President, CEO; Rick Ambrose, Craig Cooning Comment

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Tory Bruno Tory Bruno, formerly vice president and general manager of strategic and missile defense systems at Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), has joined the United Launch Alliance as president and CEO. Bruno succeeds Michael Gass, who has retired after eight years of service as president and CEO of the joint venture owned by Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Lockheed, ULA said Tuesday. “We’re grateful for...

Sikorsky-Boeing Team to Develop Helicopter for US Army Demo Program; Mick Maurer Comments

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Mick Maurer Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. and Boeing (NYSE: BA) will jointly develop a helicopter for the first phase of the U.S. Army’s joint multi-role technology demonstrator program. The Sikorsky-Boeing team will continue its work to build the SB>1 Defiant medium-lift helicopter and configure it to Sikorsky’s X2 coaxial design, Sikorsky said Tuesday. Both companies have schedule flight testing...