FORT WORTH – In a harshly worded letter to top management, the Air Force has asked General Dynamics Corp. to correct problems in F-16 production in Fort Worth that the government says could hinder the company’s efforts to keep building its primary jet fighter on schedule.
WASHINGTON – Many of the industry observers testifying before a Senate panel yesterday said the Chinese probably gained little from their work with American satellite companies that would have caused China’s missile capabilities to leap ahead.
WASHINGTON – Officials from Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman said yesterday they expected the Justice Department to attempt to block a $12 billion merger of the defense companies if antitrust concerns cannot be resolved.
LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, VA. – At age 31, Capt. Glen Gentile has a job that a lot of Americans fantasize about. An Air Force fighter pilot, he spends his days pushing his F-15 Eagle to the edge of its supersonic capability. But while Gentile enjoys the excitement of speeding through the skies faster than sound, he and others like him have begun to tire of the demands of leadership in the post-Cold War world.
LONDON – For decades, workers at Lockheed Martin’s plant in Texas built F-16 fighters that could shoot down Soviet MiGs. But coming changes in NATO now have the defense giant scrambling to sell its fighters to old foes.
MOSCOW – The possibility that the Russians are preparing to field a new, more sophisticated fighter has caught the attention of senior Air Force officers in the Pentagon and ranking lawmakers on Capitol Hill.