November 16, 2005 |
Lockheed Martin Corp. said it received a $2.9-billion contract from the U.S. Air Force to continue making F/A-22 fighter aircraft through November 2007. Lockheed said the contract would increase its total contracted aircraft to 107. The F/A-22 is built at Lockheed factories in Palmdale, Calif.; Meridian, Miss.; Marietta, Ga.; and Fort Worth, Texas; as well as at Boeing Co.'s plant in Seattle. * * Raytheon Co. won a $1.
February 27, 2003 |
It may be hard to imagine deadly weapons as a source of comfort, but those charged with firing today's "smart" bombs say their accuracy eases the psychological burden of unleashing force that could kill innocents as well as the enemy. "We all have wives and kids we worry about and I worry about people with wives and kids in Iraq, too," said Cmdr. Scott Swift, deputy chief of the air wing aboard this nuclear-powered carrier, a key launch pad if war with Iraq comes.
June 11, 2002 |
The U.S. Defense Department said it has approved the sale to Switzerland of 222 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles in a deal worth as much as $104 million. "It is vital to the U.S. national interest to assist the Swiss in developing and maintaining a strong and ready self-defense capability which will contribute to an acceptable military balance in the area," the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a statement.
October 27, 2001 |
Lockheed Martin was tapped by the Pentagon on Friday to design and build as many as 3,000 jet fighters that will form a key leg of U.S. military strength over future decades, dealing a serious blow to rival Boeing Co. The award, which could be the biggest military contract ever at a projected $200 billion, culminates an intense four-year battle between two of the world's largest defense contractors.
April 24, 1997 |
A federal investigation is trying to determine whether China plotted to divert to its defense industry high-tech equipment obtained as part of a venture with McDonnell Douglas Corp. to build commercial airliners, U.S. officials said Wednesday.
January 14, 1995 |
A U.S. F-16 fighter aircraft crashed in eastern Belgium on Friday, but there were no injuries, the Belgian news agency Belga said. Belga said the F-16, flying from the Netherlands, crashed near Durbuy. The pilots ejected safely, and no one on the ground was hurt.