Thursday, July 8, 2010

DTN News: Boeing Anticipates Approval To Export F-15 Silent Eagle

Defense News: DTN News: Boeing Anticipates Approval To Export F-15 Silent Eagle
Source: DTN News - compiled by Roger Smith from reliable sources including Defense News
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - July 9, 2010: Boeing expects to receive an export license for its new F-15SE Silent Eagle within the month, a development that brings the company to openly pitch the jet to South Korea as a potential launch customer.
The Chicago-based defense giant has been in tentative talks with Seoul about the aircraft over the last year. However, it has not been able to openly market the semi-stealthy jet to international customers until it received clearance from the U.S. Government to sell low-observable technology abroad.
Boeing now expects to receive a government license to market the jet to foreign countries this month following a review of the jet's stealth technology by the U.S. Government, according to Brad Jones, Boeing's F-15SE program manager.
South Korea "has asked for information on Silent Eagle so now we've applied for the [license] and we hope to get that before the end of the month," said Jones, after a July company briefing with reporters in Arlington, VA. "As soon as the export license is provided, then I can provide [marketing] information to a country."
South Korea requested information on the jet in late 2009 and Boeing submitted its application to market the jet internationally in early 2010, according to company spokesman Damien Mills.
When the jet was unveiled in 2009, it was seen as a potential option to hedge against a possible fighter gap facing the U.S. Air National Guard, which may have to retire its oldest F-16s and F-15s before it is fully equipped with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
However, in the year since, the Air Force has made it clear that it does not want to invest in any new fighter other than the F-35.
Boeing is pitching the Silent Eagle as a customizable fighter that can be outfitted with a host of upgrades, including active electronically scanned array radars, radar absorbent coatings, large digital cockpit displays, fly-by-wire software, canted tails and bolt-on internal weapons bays.
The price of each jet will depend on the equipment purchased by each government, according to Jones. While the radar, advanced avionics and even the weapon bays can be retrofitted to existing F-15s, the canted tails may have to be installed on new jets as they are built.
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DTN News: Boeing NewGen Tanker Win Would Bring $339 Million To Connecticut

Defense News: DTN News: Boeing NewGen Tanker Win Would Bring $339 Million To Connecticut
Source: DTN News / Boeing Dt. July 8, 2010
(NSI News Source Info) ST. LOUIS, - July 9, 2010: The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] July 8, announced that Connecticut will benefit from an estimated $339 million in annual economic impact if the Boeing NewGen Tanker is selected as the U.S. Air Force's next aerial refueling aircraft.
"Our state's world-famous aerospace industry drives a significant part of the Connecticut economy. I'm glad that Boeing's tanker project will provide critical fuel to keep that economic engine running," said Connecticut Gov. Jodi Rell. "Thousands of families across the state depend on these high-technology aerospace jobs to put food on the table, pay their mortgages, and finance a college education for their children. Now they have a chance to support our troops abroad while growing our economy at home. At a time when many working families are struggling, that's very good news."
Connecticut manufacturers ready to produce critical components on the NewGen Tanker include:
**Eaton, Bethel -- sensors, indicators, meters and switches
**Hamilton Sundstrand, Windsor Locks -- electrical power generation system, environmental control system
**Microtech, Cheshire -- waveguides
**Pratt & Whitney, East Hartford and West Hartford -- engines
**Roller Bearing Co. of America, Fairfield and Torrington -- bearings
**United Tool & Die, West Hartford --metallic tube and duct assemblies.
Boeing currently works with 253 suppliers/vendors in Connecticut, resulting in an estimated $1.1 billion in annual economic impact.
The NewGen Tanker is a widebody, multi-mission aircraft based on the proven Boeing 767 commercial airplane and updated with the latest and most advanced technology. Capable of fulfilling the Air Force's needs for transport of fuel, cargo, passengers and patients, the combat-ready NewGen Tanker is being offered as a replacement for 179 KC-135 aircraft. Boeing is writing a proposal to meet or exceed the 372 mandatory requirements described in the service's final KC-X Request for Proposal released on Feb. 24. The Air Force is expected to award a contract later this year.
The NewGen Tanker will be made with a low-risk approach to manufacturing that relies on existing Boeing facilities in Washington state and Kansas as well as U.S. suppliers throughout the nation, with decades of experience delivering dependable military tanker and derivative aircraft. Nationwide, the NewGen Tanker program will support approximately 50,000 total U.S. jobs with Boeing and more than 800 suppliers in more than 40 states.
The Boeing NewGen Tanker also will be more cost-effective to own and operate than a larger, heavier tanker. It will save American taxpayers more than $10 billion in fuel costs over its 40-year service life because it burns 24 percent less fuel than the competitor's airplane.
Boeing has been designing, building, modifying and supporting tankers for decades. These include the KC-135 that will be replaced in the KC-X competition, and the KC-10 fleet. The company also has delivered four KC-767Js to the Japan Air Self-Defense Force and is on contract to deliver four KC-767s to the Italian Air Force. Three of the four Italian tankers are in flight test, with the fourth airplane in production.
More information on Boeing's NewGen Tanker, including video clips and an interactive tour of the aircraft, is available at For more information on joining the company's efforts, visit
A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world's largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world's largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $34 billion business with 68,000 employees worldwide.
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DTN News: U.S. Aerospace, Inc. And Antonov To Bid On U.S. Air Force Tanker Program

Defense News: DTN News: U.S. Aerospace, Inc. And Antonov To Bid On U.S. Air Force Tanker Program
Source: DTN News / U.S. Aerospace
(NSI News Source Info) LOS ANGELES, U.S. - July 9, 2010: An aerospace and defense contractor, today announced that it has entered into a Strategic cooperation agreement with Antonov to bid on the request for proposal to supply 179 aerial refueling tankers to the U.S. Air Force.
The airframes will be built in Ukraine by Antonov, with final assembly at a new U.S. Aerospace, Inc. facility in the United States. The KC-X Tanker Modernization Program, expected to be the largest contract in Pentagon history, represents the first step of the strategic cooperation between Antonov and U.S. Aerospace, Inc. to supply and service aircraft to the U.S. military and commercial aircraft markets.
Antonov designed, built and operates the world’s largest aircraft, the AN-225, which provides strategic airlift capabilities for the U.S. Department of Defense and others. Antonov and U.S. Aerospace, Inc. will bid three models for the KC-X program, the AN-124-KC, AN-122-KC, a twin-engine variant of the AN-124-100 with advanced engines, electronics and avionics, and AN-112-KC, an updated airframe designed specifically to meet the tanker program requirements.
“Antonov’s participation in the U.S. Air Force tanker bid with U.S. Aerospace, Inc. is an historic opportunity for Antonov to showcase its premier design, engineering and manufacturing capabilities to the world,” said Dmytro S. Kiva, President and General Designer of Antonov. “We are extremely pleased to have entered into this agreement with U.S. Aerospace, Inc., and are looking forward to the long-term mutual benefits of our partnership.”
US Aerospace & Antonov ASTC Finalize Cooperation Agreement“We are honored to be partnering with the world’s premier designer and manufacturer of large transport aircraft,” said Jerrold S. Pressman, Chairman of U.S. Aerospace, Inc. “We are particularly impressed by Mr. Kiva’s strong leadership and vision for the future. Together we can deliver the U.S. Air Force a superior tanker at the most competitive price.”
About Antonov
Since 1946, Antonov Aeronautical Scientific/Technical Complex has designed and manufactured dozens of different types of aircraft, including the world’s first and second largest aircraft, the AN-225 Mriya and AN-124 Condor strategic airlifters, and the AN-148 and AN-158 commercial airliners. The legendary Antonov Design Bureau is renowned for its expertise in the design and construction of large military transport aircraft. Antonov is a state-owned commercial company, with design, engineering, construction, manufacturing, maintenance, hangar and servicing facilities in Kiev, Ukraine, where it also operates Antonov Airlines and Antonov Airport.
For further information please visit the Antonov’s website at
About U.S. Aerospace, Inc.
U.S. Aerospace, Inc. is a publicly traded aerospace and defense contractor based in Southern California. U.S. Aerospace is an emerging world-class supplier to the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Air Force, Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT - News), The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA - News), L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: LLL - News), the Middle River Aircraft Systems subsidiary of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE - News), and other aerospace companies, commercial aircraft manufacturers and prime defense contractors. The Company supplies aircraft assemblies, structural components and highly-engineered, precision-machined details for commercial and military aircraft. It is also a leading manufacturer and remanufacturer of specialized aircraft machining tools, including vertical boring mills and large Vertical Turning Centers used to manufacture the largest jet engines, airplane landing gear, and other precision components. U.S. Aerospace has offices and production facilities in Santa Fe Springs and Rancho Cucamonga, California.
For further information please visit the Company’s website at
Forward Looking Statements
Except for statements of historical fact, the matters discussed above are forward looking and made pursuant to the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements reflect numerous assumptions and involve a variety of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the Company's control, that may cause actual results to differ materially from stated expectations. These risk factors include, among others, limited capital resources, intense competition, government regulation, and difficulty in aerospace product and parts manufacturing; as well as additional risks factors discussed in the reports filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available on its website at Except as required by law, the Company undertakes no obligation to update any information.

DTN News: Oshkosh Defense Responds To U.S. Army’s Need For Tactical Vehicles; U.S. Army Program Maintains Original FMTV Contract Timeline

Defense News: DTN News: Oshkosh Defense Responds To U.S. Army’s Need For Tactical Vehicles; U.S. Army Program Maintains Original FMTV Contract Timeline
Source: DTN News / Oshkosh Corporation
(NSI News Source Info) OSHKOSH, Wis. - July 9, 2010: Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), announced today it has received two orders from the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC) to supply 950 U.S. Army Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) trucks and trailers. Oshkosh continues to hold fast to the Army’s original FMTV delivery schedule and expects to complete deliveries for these latest awards by December 2011.
“Oshkosh remains on target for FMTV production-unit deliveries starting in October of this year, allowing our men and women in uniform to receive these essential vehicles as quickly as possible,” said Mike Ivy, vice president and general manager of Army Programs for Oshkosh Defense. “From testing and production to training and service, we intend to satisfy every Army requirement related to the FMTV program with high quality Oshkosh products delivered on schedule.”
The two delivery orders, valued at more than $136 million, include nearly 800 trucks and more than 160 trailers, increasing the total number of Oshkosh FMTV truck-and-trailer under order to 6,159. Oshkosh also will supply nearly 40 FMTV add-on armor “B” kits under the orders.
The five-year FMTV contract is for the production of up to 23,000 vehicles and trailers, as well as support services and training through fiscal 2014. The FMTV is a series of 17 models ranging from 2.5-ton to 10-ton payloads. Vehicles feature a parts commonality of more than 80 percent, resulting in streamlined maintenance, training, sustainment and overall cost efficiency for the U.S. Army.
About Oshkosh Defense
Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation, is an industry-leading global designer and manufacturer of tactical military trucks and armored wheeled vehicles, delivering a full product line of conventional and hybrid vehicles, advanced armor options, proprietary suspensions and vehicles with payloads that can exceed 70 tons. Oshkosh Defense provides a global service and supply network including full life-cycle support and remanufacturing, and its vehicles are recognized the world over for superior performance, reliability and protection. For more information,
About Oshkosh Corporation
Oshkosh Corporation is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of specialty access equipment, commercial, fire & emergency and military vehicles and vehicle bodies. Oshkosh Corporation manufactures, distributes and services products under the brands of Oshkosh®, JLG®, Pierce®, McNeilus®, Medtec®, Jerr-Dan®, Oshkosh Specialty Vehicles, Frontline™, SMIT™, CON-E-CO®, London® and IMT®. Oshkosh products are valued worldwide in businesses where high quality, superior performance, rugged reliability and long-term value are paramount. For more information, visit
®, ™ All brand names referred to in this news release are trademarks of Oshkosh Corporation or its subsidiary companies.
Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains statements that the Company believes to be “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than statements of historical fact, including, without limitation, statements regarding the Company’s future financial position, business strategy, targets, projected sales, costs, earnings, capital expenditures, debt levels and cash flows, and plans and objectives of management for future operations, are forward-looking statements. When used in this press release, words such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “intend,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “should,” “project” or “plan” or the negative thereof or variations thereon or similar terminology are generally intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors, some of which are beyond the Company’s control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These factors include the impact on revenues and margins of the planned decrease in M-ATV production rates; the cyclical nature of the Company’s access equipment, commercial and fire & emergency markets, especially during a global recession and tight credit markets; the duration of the global recession, which could lead to additional impairment charges related to many of the Company’s intangible assets and/or a slower recovery in the Company’s cyclical businesses than equity market expectations; the expected level and timing of U.S. Department of Defense procurement of products and services and funding thereof; risks related to reductions in government expenditures, the potential for the government to competitively bid the Company’s Army and Marine Corps contracts, the startup of the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles contract and the uncertainty of government contracts generally; the consequences of financial leverage associated with the JLG acquisition, which could limit the Company’s ability to pursue various opportunities; risks related to the collectability of receivables during a recession, particularly for those businesses with exposure to construction markets; risks related to production delays as a result of the economy’s impact on the Company’s suppliers; the potential for commodity costs to rise sharply, including in a future economic recovery; risks associated with international operations and sales, including foreign currency fluctuations; and the potential for increased costs relating to compliance with changes in laws and regulations. Additional information concerning these and other factors is contained in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release. The Company assumes no obligation, and disclaims any obligation, to update information contained in this press release. Investors should be aware that the Company may not update such information until the Company’s next quarterly earnings conference call, at all.

DTN News: Israel Images 'Show Hezbollah Hiding Arms'

Defense News: DTN News: Israel Images 'Show Hezbollah Hiding Arms'
Source: DTN News / AFP Patrick Moser
(NSI News Source Info) JERUSALEM, Israel - July 8, 2010: The Israeli military has published a series of aerial photographs of south Lebanon showing what it says is evidence of Hezbollah stockpiling weapons in towns and villages near the border.
Israel declassified the intelligence just days ahead of the fourth anniversary of the Lebanon war, in what a military official said was a move to expose the Lebanese militia's "use of civilians as human shields."
Declassified images and intelligence maps show what the military says are bunkers and arms caches located in the middle of Al-Khiam village just four kilometres (two miles) north of the Israeli border.
One heavily marked up aerial photograph shows 15 buildings in the middle of the village which the military says are being used as weapons stores, bunkers and operational headquarters for the Shiite militant group.
Also marked on the map are schools, hospitals and other public buildings, some just a few hundred metres (yards) from the alleged weapons caches.
"They have warehouses of rockets near mosques, schools, medical centres, in the middle of villages, and they look like any other building," Lieutenant Colonel Avital Leibovitz told AFP on Thursday. "They have taken the term human shields to a new extreme."
Leibovitz said the intelligence material showed a shift in tactics by Hezbollah, which during the war, largely stored its arms in rural areas or forests along the border.
"We are talking about new tactics Hezbollah has adopted since 2006," she explained, saying that Hezbollah had previously stored its weapons in "open areas."
"As a result of the war, Hezbollah has moved three-quarters of its weapons into urban areas. We are talking about over 100 villages in the south that Hezbollah has turned into military bases."
During the 34-day war, much of the fighting took place on open scrubland, but since then, the militia has gravitated towards built-up areas out of the reach of UN peacekeepers -- and into heavily-populated civilian areas, Israel says.
Hezbollah changed its operational tactics based on Israel's "sensitivity towards civilians," Leibovitz claimed.
"They know we put a lot of effort to avoid hurting civilians, that is why they put their weapons in the middle of civilian areas to make it difficult for us to act against them," she said.
During Israel's 22-year occupation of south Lebanon which ended in 2000, its Lebanese militia ally operated a notorious prison and garrison in Al-Khiam.
Colonel Ronen Marley, an officer stationed along the border, was quoted in the Haaretz daily as saying around 90 Hezbollah militants were now operating in Al-Khiam, and an average of between 30 and 200 fighters were deployed in every Shiite village across the south.
Israel estimates that Hezbollah has an arsenal of 40,000 short- and medium-range rockets, which are being held in towns and villages across the south -- a significant rise from the 14,000 rockets held by the group in 2006.
It says the stockpile includes hundreds of longer-range rockets, some with a range of more than 300 kilometres (116 miles), capable of reaching major Israeli population centres.
The military believes Hezbollah forces in south Lebanon number 20,000, more than a third of whom have undergone combat training in Iran.
July 12 marks the fourth anniversary of the start of the war between Israel and Hezbollah, which destroyed much of Lebanon's major infrastructure and killed more than 1,200 people in Lebanon, mainly civilians, and 160 Israelis, mainly soldiers.


DTN News: U.S. President Barack Obama Sees Turkey Turning Eastward If Snubbed By EU

Defense News: DTN News: U.S. President Barack Obama Sees Turkey Turning Eastward If Snubbed By EU
Source: DTN News / Reuters - Reporting by Simon Cameron-Moore; Editing by Peter Graff
(NSI News Source Info) MILAN, Italy - July 8, 2010: Turkey could end up seeking alliances outside the West ifthe European Union keeps it dangling over its bid for membership, U.S. President Barack Obama said in a newspaper interview on Thursday.
Obama told Italy's Corriere della Sera the United States believed it would be wise for the European Union to accept Turkey, and saw reluctance to let Turkey in as a factor behind changes seen in its traditionally West-facing foreign policy.
"I recognise that this raises strong feelings in Europe and I do not think the slow pace or European reluctance is the only or predominant factor at the root of some changes in the orientation recently observed in the Turkish attitude.
"But it is inevitably destined to play a role in how the Turkish people see Europe," Obama said. "If they do not feel themselves part of the European family, it is natural that they should end up looking elsewhere for alliances and affiliations."
Turkey's past secularist governments were wary of ties with Islamic neighbours in the East, and were firm Cold War allies of the West, due to a mistrust of communism and traditional rivalry with Russia over the Black Sea and Caucasus region.
But under Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan relations have warmed up considerably with neighbours like Iran and Syria, the wider Middle East, and post-Soviet countries, while a formerly close alliance with Israel has dwindled.
Ties with Israel are at the point of breaking following the killing of nine Turkish pro-Palestinian activists during an Israeli military operation to stop a Gaza-bound aid convoy.
Critics say the trend in foreign policy reflects the AK party's Islamist roots, though the party sees itself as a Muslim version of Europe's conservative Christian Democrat parties.
The government says Turkey's commitment to the West is undiminished and critics are wrongly confusing efforts to build ties and find new markets for its growing economy with a change in orientation.
Obama called Turkey's attempt to mediate an accord with Iran on the nuclear issue "unfortunate," but said he understood its interest as an emerging power and neighbour of Iran.
Western powers rejected a deal negotiated by Turkey and Brazil for Iran to exchange some nuclear fuel abroad. Turkey and Brazil responded last month by becoming the only two countries to vote against sanctions on Iran in the U.N. Security Council.
Turkey's AK Party government entered negotiations to join the 27-member EU in 2005, but the process is at risk of grinding to a halt due to an impasse over the divided island of Cyprus.
Cyprus is an EU member and its Greek Cypriot government has stalled Turkey's bid to join because of its support for Turkish Cypriots, though Ankara now backs reunification of the island.
Turkey suspects some EU governments of using the Cyprus issue to keep the door shut because of doubts over letting a Muslim country join their "Christian club."
Obama spoke of the importance of strong relations with a strategic country at the crossroads between East and West.
"It is a NATO ally, its economy is expanding greatly," Obama said. "Furthermore, the fact that it is a democracy and a country that is mostly Islamic makes it a critically important model for other Muslim countries of the region."

DTN News: Singapore And US Conduct Annual Maritime Exercise

Defense News: DTN News: Singapore And US Conduct Annual Maritime Exercise
Source: DTN News / MINDEF - Singapore
(NSI News Source Info) SINGAPORE - July 8, 2010: The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), the United States Navy (USN) and the United States Coast Guard (USCG) are participating in the 16th Singapore-US Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise from 5 to 19 Jul 2010. The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) Fleet Commander, Rear Admiral (RADM) Joseph Leong, and the USN Commander Logistics Group Western Pacific, RADM Nora Tyson, officiated at the opening ceremony of the exercise at Changi Naval Base this morning.
Exercise CARAT 2010 will focus on honing maritime capabilities such as competencies in anti-air, anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare, as well as maritime air operations. This year's exercise will feature a MISTRAL missile firing by the RSN Landing Ship Tank RSS Persistence against air drone targets. Submariners from the RSN and the USN will be operating together in a submarine tracking exercise.
The SAF will be participating with nine ships, including frigates and missile corvettes; a submarine and 12 aircraft, including fighters and maritime patrol aircraft. The USN and USCG will be participating with five ships, including destroyers; a submarine, and four aircraft comprising helicopters and early warning aircraft. A total of 1,400 personnel from both countries are also involved in this year's exercise.
Conducted since 1995, this series of annual bilateral maritime exercises aims to enhance interoperability and professional cooperation between the participating forces of Singapore and the US. Commander Destroyer Squadron 31 USN Captain Richard Clemmons said: "Working with the RSN allows us a unique opportunity to cultivate relationships with a highly capable partner in this region.
This Exercise CARAT marks 16 successful years with Singapore and I'm certain that this year's exercise will be rewarding both in terms of training as well as in the personal relationships we continue to nurture."

DTN News: Singapore Selected Aermacchi M-346 Jet Trainer Aircrafts For RSAF

Defense News: DTN News: Singapore Selected Aermacchi M-346 Jet Trainer Aircrafts For RSAF
Source: DTN News - compiled by Roger Smith from reliable sources including Defense News
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - July 8, 2010: Singapore has reportedly shot down Korea Aerospace Industries and chosen Alenia Aermacchi for military jet trainer aircraft, DefenseNews reports from Seoul.The report, quoting anonymous industry sources, said the decision to buy Italian M-346 trainers was the second major loss to the Italians for KIA. Last year the United Arab Emirates also chose the Italian planes over KIA's T-50 Golden Eagle, which are built in partnership with Lockheed Martin.
The deal with the United Arab Emirates for 48 aircraft was worth $1.3 billion.
"I've been told that the T-50 suffered another defeat apparently, as the M-346 has been picked up as the preferred bidder for the trainer jet contest in Singapore," the report quoted an unidentified industry source. "The Singapore government has yet to make public the result of its decision … and is expected to announce it soon."
The report said KAI spokesmen were unavailable for comment and an Aermacchi spokesman offered no information. A spokesman for Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration couldn't confirm the report.
The South Korean government owns a 30.5 percent share of KAI.
The report last week said the Italian deal with the United Arab Emirates has yet to be finalized over a side agreement on joint development of unmanned aerial vehicles and KAI is hoping to reopen talks with the country over its trainers.
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