Defense Cuts Could Cost Navy New Aircraft
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Defense News reports that the Poseidon, Super Hornet and Joint Strike Fighter programs would all lose aircraft under sequestration, according to a House report, and sees the Pentagon planning to defend major weapons systems. Aviation Week examines sequestration as a political football. The Hill sees sequestration cuts to defense being $5 billion bigger than previously reported. Time graphs out the options facing military budget planners. Washington Technology says sequestration is a drag on the defense market sector. Bell predicts “devastation” if sequestration is unchecked, according to the Fort Worth Star Telegram.
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Lockheed gets an Office of Naval Research contract to demonstrate its Open-Architecture Planning and Trajectory Intelligence for Managing Unmanned Systems (OPTIMUS) for improving unmanned aircraft autonomy on the KMAX, according to Defense Update. Meanwhile, DARPA wraps up its autonomous refueling tests, according to FlightGlobal.
Wired reports that the Navy’s next carrier will only cost “a measly $11.4 billion.”
Lockheed Martin’s reorganization of its electronics unit will cost 200 jobs, CBS News reports. Meanwhile, the company gets $28.6 million more to acquire long lead-time parts, material and components “required to protect the delivery schedule of four Low Rate Initial Production Lot VII F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter Conventional Takeoff and Landing aircraft for the Government of Italy.