F-35C Finally Catches a Carrier-style Landing Wire
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Lockheed Martin says the F-35C’s new tailhook design succeeded in grabbing an arresting wire three out of five attempts in recent testing, according to Aviation Week. Meanwhile, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter backs up critical comments made by Joint Strike Fighter program manager Maj. Gen. Christopher Bogdan about Lockheed’s performance, according to AOL Defense. DoD Buzz and Defense News concur.
The Wall Street Jounral’s Marketwatch blog says sequestration cuts are looking increasingly likely. The House Armed Services Committee holds its final sequestration hearing today, according to The Hill. Reuters says the defense lobby is feeling a bit powerless. The Senate Armed Services Committee chairman said Congress could take up the Defense Authorization Bill by the end of the year, but debate would be limited to days, not weeks, according to Defense News.
Hackers have stolen information on 200,000 sailors (paywall) from the Navy’s Smart Web Move Internet site, according to Navy Times.
Foreign Policy accuses the defense industry of being the government’s real moochers.
DoD is backing off its push (paywall) for a certain type of fixed price contract, according to Defense Daily. And a new report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies shows that Pentagon contract spending is down (PDF) while non-contract spending is rising.
General Electric Aircraft Engines gets an $11.9 million order from NAVAIR for 75 PPC-109rA parts for the T64 Engine Reliability Improvement Program in support of the H-53 Program.