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Aerospace and Defence 2014


U.S. defense industry says global turmoil swaying budget hawks

WASHINGTON Images of two Americans being beheaded and of Russian tanks rolling through Ukraine have boosted pressure on Congress to roll back $1 trillion in mandatory defense cuts that the defense industry blames for almost 100,000 job cuts in recent years.


Budget cuts seen endangering U.S. defense innovation

WASHINGTON Spy planes that fly at hypersonic speeds. Missiles with surgical-strike capabilities. Lasers that protect ships from drones and small attack boats.


Boeing unconcerned by Ex-Im's potential support for Airbus

WASHINGTON A top Boeing Co executive on Thursday showed no concern that rival Airbus could receive U.S. Export-Import Bank financing for its U.S-manufactured jetliners if it met qualifications.


Boeing, Airbus seriously studying speeding factories

WASHINGTON Boeing Co and European rival Airbus said on Thursday they are both considering seriously whether to make their best-selling narrow-body jetliners at faster rates, news that may cheer investors in the short term but could raise longer-term market concerns.


Aerospace industry decries lack of graduates, diversity

WASHINGTON There is an urgent need to attract home-grown and more diverse engineering talent to the U.S. aerospace and defense industry, the head of the sector's main trade association said on Thursday.


Airbus to finish feasibility study on new output hike 'soon'

WASHINGTON Europe's Airbus is looking seriously at whether to increase production of its best-selling A320-family aircraft beyond the record level of 46 jets a month already targeted for 2016, a senior executive said on Thursday.


Boeing sees no production cut in move from 777 to 777X

WASHINGTON Boeing Co President and Chief Operating Officer Dennis Muilenburg said on Thursday the aircraft maker will not need to cut production as it makes the transition from its 777 jetliner to its new 777X model coming out in 2020.


Airbus sees possible future sales of 'hundreds' of 400M in U.S.

WASHINGTON Europe's Airbus said on Thursday that it sees the possibility of selling hundreds of its A400M military transport plane to the U.S. military in the medium to long term.


U.S. Navy, Marines need more women: Navy secretary

WASHINGTON U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said more women should be serving in the Navy and Marine Corps, and plans to take action to boost their presence in those military branches.

Carrier drone should be able to do more than spy: U.S. Navy

WASHINGTON The U.S. Navy's planned unmanned plane for use on aircraft carriers should eventually be able to take on additional roles besides just surveillance, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said on Wednesday.


U.S. says would back alternative to French warship sale

WASHINGTON The United States on Wednesday threw its weight behind efforts to ensure that the sale of two French warships to Russia, the first of which has been delayed due to international concerns about the Ukraine crisis, is called off permanently.