LONDON – In Europe, it is revered as a fearsome, lethal aircraft – the newborn pride of a defense industry that had fallen on hard times. In the U.S. defense industry, it is considered Europe’s answer to Lockheed Martin’s F-16 – two decades too late.
WASHINGTON – They aren’t much on sound and fury, but the Pentagon’s constellation of satellites whirring around in space could be its most potent weapon in an attack on Iraq.
WASHINGTON – After a year of military threats, the United States launched a prolonged attack on Iraq, unleashing more than 200 cruise missiles as punishment for Baghdad’s refusal to allow the destruction of its chemical and biological weapons.
WASHINGTON – The system would be designed to use space-based sensors and ground-based radar that would tell the Pentagon when a threatening missile is fired and where it is expected to land. Missiles would then be launched to intercept the enemy threat.
WASHINGTON – Inside a command center, an Air Force technician studies a radar screen as the unmanned fighter he is controlling flies into air space considered too dangerous for U.S pilots. Using data from the aircraft’s sensors, bounced by satellite to the command center, the controller detects three concealed surface-to-air missile sites.
FORT WORTH – General Dynamics Corp. said today that it has reached an agreement with California-based defense giant Lockheed Corp. for the sale of its 20,000-employee Fort Worth Division for $1.5 billion in cash.
FORT WORTH – Lockheed Corp. has appointed a team of employees to explore whether it should purchase General Dynamics Corp.’s Fort Worth-based tactical aircraft business, industry sources said.
FORT WORTH – General Dynamics Corp. is holding discussions with Boeing Co. and Lockheed Corp. about the sale of its 20,000-employee Fort Worth Division, high-ranking sources at GD and in the aerospace industry said.
CALABASAS, Calif. – Daniel Tellep, chairman of Lockheed, talks about the company’s $1.5 billion purchase of a Texas jet fighter plant that many in the industry had slotted for certain closure.
WASHINGTON – President Clinton threw his support behind the F-22 Raptor yesterday, saying it would be a mistake for the United States to abandon plans to produce the next-generation stealth fighter, which has become a target of House budget-cutters.
WASHINGTON – The F-16 fighter has spent most of the decade flying difficult missions in the Persian Gulf and Bosnia, while compiling a solid safety record. But Air Force officials have become concerned that the F-16 or the engines are showing their age.
WASHINGTON – It used to be easy to tell the hawks from the doves on Capitol Hill, but the dogfight over Lockheed Martin’s prized F-22 Raptor has left even veteran budget watchers wondering where the battle lines are drawn.
QUANTICO, VA – Before a hangar full of Pentagon brass, politicians and defense industry executives, the Marine Corps showed off three of its newest vehicles yesterday, including Bell Helicopter Textron’s V-22 Osprey.
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