Oct 1, 2007
US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has asked Congress for nearly $190 billion for the war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Some of the money -- $11 billion -- would be used to pay for additional armored vehicles needed to protect troops from roadside bombs. The request adds another $42 billion to the administration's initial budget request of $142 billion plus $5.3 billion allotted over the summer for the purchase of armored vehicles. Sep 27, 2007
Arms in space. The push into space has always been, in part, a push to stay ahead militarily. Successive administrations have explored the possibilities of weaponry that often sounded like science fiction but sometimes lead to breakthroughs -- like lasers, for example. Space weapons are "still definitely part of the program," said Philip E. Coyle III, a former director of weapon testing at the Pentagon. "But they don't emphasize it because the arms-control people come out of the woodwork." Sep 25, 2007
The U.S. Air Force is interested in re-establishing production of Raytheon's laser-guided Maverick missile to meet an urgent need for a close air support weapon to defeat high-speed moving targets with minimal collateral damage. The laser-guided, combat-proven AGM-65E Maverick is an air-to-ground missile that is effective and reliable against armored and moving surface targets in scenarios involving urban environments and during close air support missions. Sep 25, 2007
Bath Iron Works
The U.S. Navy agreed to a schedule change that will reduce a workload gap at Bath Iron Works in Maine. Construction of the first DDG-1000 Zumwalt class destroyer at Bath will reduce an anticipated workload gap, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said Tuesday. The Navy will first ship needed material to Bath instead of to Northrop Grumman's Ingalls shipyard in Mississippi, allowing both shipyards to adjust their work schedules to better accommodate their workforces. Both shipyards are to build destroyers simultaneously. Sep 25, 2007 Boeing Boeing's A160T Hummingbird unmanned rotorcraft has completed an 8h flight, it's longest yet, carrying a 450kg (1,000lb) payload. The helicopter reached an altitude of 5,000ft (1,500m) on the 26 September flight from Victorville, California. It was carrying a simulated battlefield resupply payload. "The ability to carry a 1,000lb payload and fly for that duration puts the A160T in a category by itself," says programme manager Jim Martin. First flown in June, the A160T is a...