UK-based BAE Systems is putting up to $2 billion worth of its North America commercial aerospace businesses up for sale – money the company might sink into expanding in emerging defense markets, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Come Together: Boeing’s defense business head says budget cuts could lead to defense industry consolidation. Is merger with Northrop Grumman possible?
Lighter Fighters: New NORTHCOM commander wants new light fighters that handle better than F-16s at lower speeds for homeland defense.
New Japan defense report supports continued presence of US forces in Okinawa, warns of China’s growing military power.
European defense giant EADS is looking to expand in the US military cybersecurity market, CEO says.
Catching Fireflies: US military labs are doling out funds to find defense applications for bioluminescence, a phenomenon that makes fireflies glow. Applications under consideration: landing zone markers for helicopters, friend vs. foe ID markers, trackers for weapons and supplies on the battlefield.
In May 2008, the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command awarded Navistar Defense a multi-year $1+ billion follow-on contract to provide medium tactical trucks and spare parts to the Afghanistan National Police, Afghan National Army and the Iraqi Ministry of Defense.
These trucks are based on Navistar’s severe service International 7000 Series truck, and include General Troop Transporter, POL (petroleum, oil and lubricant), water tankers, wreckers and hazardous material truck variants. In addition, Navistar was contracted to supply all required spare parts necessary to support several years of scheduled maintenance.