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Japan Selects Lockheed’s F-35 as Next-Gen Aircraft; 42 Jet Agreement Could Top $4B

The Japanese government has selected Lockheed Martin‘s (NYSE: LMT) F-35, the Joint Strike Fighter,  as Japan’s next-generation fighter aircraft, ending a multi-year vetting process that considered aircraft from several American and European firms. The Wall Street Journal reports Lockheed’s agreement is for 42 jets, which will likely cost Japan more than $4 billion. …

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Northrop’s Sale of Viper Strike to MBDA Redefines International Defense Ownership

Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) has sold its Huntsville, Ala.-based Viper Strike munitions business to MBDA Inc., a European missile manufacturer owned by defense giants BAE Systems of London, Franco German EADS and Italy’s Finmeccanica. The deal marks the first time a European company has bought a U.S. missile maker outright, MBDA Chief Executive Antoine Bouvier told …

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GSA Awards Spots on $5B Telecom Contract to 21 Firms

The General Services Administration has awarded 21 companies positions on the $5 billion Connections II telecommunications and network support contract. The GSA calls the award a “one-stop shop for buying telecommunications, network and communications solutions”, which will support existing infrastructure and customized agency needs. The companies will compete for task orders …

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Thales Appoints Ralph Meoni President of US Defense and Security

  Ralph F. Meoni has been appointed president of Thales USA Defense and Security Inc. In this role, he will shape, oversee and execute day-to-day operations and business activities aimed to continue growing domestic and foreign defense and security revenue. Meoni has more than 30 years of defense industry experience and most …

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Lockheed Pursues $8B Japanese Contract with F-35 Fleet

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) will offer a final assembly of 40 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters to Japanese firms in an attempt to secure a $8 billion contract. Lockheed has also indicated that it will offer manufacture of major components, maintenance work and engine assembly of the F-35 to Japanese firms. …

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Forbes Raves About ‘Virginia Mecca’ of Defense Contractors

Forbes.com recently sought out to answer why northern Virginia has become the mecca for military contractors. The publication identifies the 1991 migration of General Dynamics from St. Louis to Falls Church, Va., as the start of a domino effect that has seen the majority of the 20 largest U.S. military contractors …

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AMERICAN SYSTEMS Names James Scampavia VP of Business Development; CEO William C. Hoover Comments

James Scampavia has today been named AMERICAN SYSTEMS’ vice president of business development. Scampavia will lead business development efforts including new customers, conducting capture strategies and developing winning proposals. Scampavia has more than 25 years of experience in marketing and business development in federal and local government markets. Prior to his …

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VSE Wins Potential $1.5B Contract From US Naval Sea Systems

VSE Corporation (NASDAQ: VSEC) has won a one-year $277 million cost-plus-award-fee, indefinite-delivery and quantity contract from the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command. The contract options, if exercised, have a potential value of $1.5 billion over a five-year period. Per the contract, VSE will provide continuous lifecycle support for naval vessels bought, …

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