Posts Tagged ‘defense’

Air Force delays plans to shift aircraft from Keesler

BILOXI — Air Force Reserve Command headquarters has announced a delay of plans to move 10 C-130Js from Keesler Air Force Base to Pope Airfield, N.C. Keesler officials said in a news release yesterday received by the Sun Herald the movement of planes from 815th and 345th airlift squadrons was scheduled for Oct. 1, but […] [...]

Navy cost-cutting effort could have impact on shipyard

GULFPORT — A money-saving move by the U.S. Navy has officials at Huntington Ingalls Industries unsure of the future for the company’s Gulfport shipyard, which employs 650 people. The Composite Center of Excellence held the first two contracts to build deckhouses for Zumwalt-class destroyers, but lost the third to General Dynamics’ Bath Iron Works in […] [...]

Eaton petitions court to reinstate $1B trade secrets lawsuit

JACKSON — Attorneys for Eaton Corp. asked the Mississippi Supreme Court today to reinstate its $1 billion trade secrets lawsuit against a rival, Frisby Aerospace. A Hinds County judge in 2010 threw out the case, saying Eaton knew about and sanctioned secret actions that attorney Ed Peters took to influence former judge Bobby DeLaughter, the […] [...]

Northrop Grumman lands destroyer contract worth $14.4M

PASCAGOULA — Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded contracts totaling $14.4 million by prime contractors General Dynamics Bath Iron Works and Huntington Ingalls Industries to supply the steering gear system for three new DDG 51 Class Arleigh Burke destroyers. The steering gear system is vital for the control and maneuverability of the ship and is directly linked […] [...]

MSU signs agreement with Army on unmanned aircraft research

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University is opening a new chapter in its research of unmanned aerial systems. Officials from the land-grant institution were at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala., yesterday for a memorandum of understanding signing with the U.S. Army’s Project Manager for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (PM UAS). The agreement will foster collaboration between PM […] [...]

Keesler commander leaving for overseas assignment

BILOXI — Brig. Gen. Brad Spacy, 81st Training Wing commander, has been selected for a new assignment as director for logistics, installations and mission support at Headquarters United States Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. According to a news release from Keesler, the general hasn’t received a report date yet, but a change […] [...]

ERDC to furlough more than 1,000 workers due to federal sequester

VICKSBURG — About 1,050 employees at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center in Vicksburg and three other locations expect to be furloughed one day a week beginning July 8 through Sept. 30. “Approximately 60 percent of the ERDC workforce is subject to furlough,” ERDC assistant director Alice Duke said in an email to […] [...]

Scientist stumbles on to sweet deal for Coast Guard boats

VICKSBURG — A fleet of seven new vessels has arrived at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg, providing an upgraded capability for fresh and salt water studies by the facility’s scientists and engineers. Led by the efforts of William Butler, a physical scientist in ERDC’s Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory, the […] [...]

Senators backing sale of helicopters to Thailand

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) are supporting the possible sale to Thailand of Lakota helicopters manufactured in Mississippi. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of the government of Thailand’s request to purchase six Lakota helicopters, with associated training and equipment.  The estimated cost is $77 […] [...]

Navistar shuttering plant; 80 workers left jobless

WEST POINT — Navistar Defense is suspending production at its plant in West Point. Navistar spokeswoman Lauren McFarland said in a statement that the 80 workers at the plant were notified today. McFarland says the decision came in response to across-the-board federal budget reductions known as the sequester that went into effect on March 1. […] [...]

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