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  1. October 23, 2013

    Northrop flies higher after downplaying hit from US cuts

    The S&P 500 stepped back from record highs during Wednesday trading, but shares in government contractor Northrop Grumman...

  2. October 23, 2013

    Northrop defies US defence cuts as drone sales fall

    Northrop Grumman boosted profit margins far more than expected amid US defence cuts as it announced an 8 per cent rise in...

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    Western defence companies are on the back foot as deep cuts work their way through the...
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  1. October 9, 2013

    US drone lobby’s power points to revived military-industrial complex

    Last year the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general wrote a scathing indictment of the department’s use of...

  2. October 4, 2013

    Lockheed shares hit by shutdown

    Investors’ caution on US companies that depend on revenue from the government sent the S&P 500 lower for the week, as the...

  3. October 1, 2013

    US defence stocks shake off shutdown

    US defence and aerospace contractors moved mostly higher to recover some recent losses as investors greeted the first day of...

  4. September 16, 2013

    Defence contractors face changes to long-term government ties

    At a dinner in the autumn of 1993 now known as “the last supper”, the US deputy secretary of defence told industry...

  5. August 29, 2013

    Australia’s Qantas returns to net profit

    Qantas’ global partnership with Emirates has helped it execute a swing to a net profit of A$6m from a loss of $244m last...

  6. July 26, 2013

    Only investment can bring long-term profits cheer

    Corporate earnings announcements this week confirmed the good news – economies in the west are indeed picking up. On...

  7. July 24, 2013

    Industrials upgrades mark strength of US economic recovery

    Some of the US’s biggest industrial companies have provided further evidence of how a domestic economic recovery and...

  8. July 24, 2013

    Biggest military contractors lift forecasts

    Northrop Grumman confirmed the robust health of the US’s biggest military contractors with better-than-expected net profits...

  9. July 23, 2013

    Defence contractors hopeful that big US programmes are safe

    Contractors involved in some of the US military’s most sensitive and high-profile procurement projects are growing...

  10. July 23, 2013

    Long-term work shields Newport News shipyard from US defence cuts

    It is hard, when visiting the Newport News shipyard, in the Virginia town of the same name, to square the scene with the...

  11. June 16, 2013

    Drones: Delay over ground rules hampers civilian progress

    One of the UK army’s earliest modern drones was so notorious for not returning from its missions in Kosovo in the early...

  12. June 16, 2013

    Aerospace trio campaigns for European drone programme

    Three of Europe’s biggest defence contractors have called on governments to launch a European drone programme to compete...

  13. June 5, 2013

    German minister defends ditching of drone deal

    Germany cancelled its €660m contract last month to develop reconnaissance drones based on US technology because of a...

  14. May 29, 2013

    EADS raises guidance for new orders

    EADS, parent of Airbus, raised its guidance for new orders this year by more than 100 passenger jets amid strong demand in...

  15. May 27, 2013

    Northrop and EADS in rescue call for Euro Hawk

    The companies behind the Euro Hawk reconnaissance drones said they hoped the German government would reconsider its decision...

  16. April 26, 2013

    Wall St finishes week on down note

    Mixed economic data and company earnings failed to deter investors from pushing share prices higher this week, sending the...

  17. April 24, 2013

    Northrop Grumman maintains outlook amid US budget constraints

    Northrop Grumman is standing by its projections for 2013 earnings and sales despite delays in contract negotiations and...

  18. April 15, 2013

    Austerity hits global military spending

    World military spending last year fell for the first time in 14 years, with the US share of the global total slipping below...

  19. March 27, 2013

    EADS: ready for take-off

    If Tom Enders ever decides to quit EADS, could somebody offer him a job in Brussels? Anyone who can persuade France and...

  20. March 4, 2013

    US equities rebound in late session

    Defence company shares were hit as the Pentagon was expected to face the heaviest of the budget cuts due to sequestration,...

  21. March 1, 2013

    US sequestration: drama, comedy, horror

    Think of recent US fiscal policy as a film franchise – part drama, part comedy, part horror. The opening instalment was the...

  22. February 5, 2013

    American to join EADS board for US market

    EADS is planning to bring an American on to its board for the first time, as the European aerospace and defence company...

  23. January 30, 2013

    Northrop results lifted by drone demand

    Northrop Grumman became the latest military contractor to report stronger-than-expected results on Wednesday when continuing...

  24. January 3, 2013

    The women piloting an industry

    For a few days now, three of the US’s six biggest defence companies have had women at the helm. Both Marillyn Hewson at...

  25. December 22, 2012

    Defence cuts likely to hurt service providers

    The effect of defence spending reductions under the fiscal cliff package of cuts would fall more quickly on providers of...

  26. October 25, 2012

    Raytheon raises guidance amid uncertainty

    Raytheon, the manufacturer of missiles and other military systems, became the third big US defence contractor in two days to...

  27. October 24, 2012

    US defence companies – cliff ahead

    If anyone is standing on the edge of the fiscal cliff, it is the defence industry. Unless co-operation unexpectedly breaks...

  28. October 24, 2012

    Defence contractors face budget fears

    Two of the US’s biggest military contractors raised their full-year guidance as they predicted strong ends to the year,...

  29. October 11, 2012

    US attitude to contractor mergers unclear

    The collapse of merger talks between EADS and the UK’s BAE Systems has left a significant question hanging not only...

  30. October 10, 2012

    BAE left to take care of deal fallout

    For BAE Systems and its management, the only development more dramatic than their proposed €36bn union with EADS may turn...

  31. October 10, 2012

    Fears of healthcare cuts weigh on S&N

    Smith & Nephew was out of favour on Wednesday on fears that austerity budgets were putting more pressure on healthcare...

  32. October 8, 2012

    EADS-BAE – decision time

    You do not have to be an astrologist to think that the proposed €35bn merger of EADS and BAE Systems is a good idea. But...

  33. October 2, 2012

    EADS seeks north America scale

    Some time in 2016, at a former US airforce supply centre on the edge of Mobile, Alabama, the first of many A320 aircraft...

  34. September 19, 2012

    BAE will be left behind without a safer pilot

    It is natural to regard any merger proposed by BAE Systems, the UK’s biggest defence company, with suspicion. Had it a...

  35. September 19, 2012

    Warning on fallout from US defence cuts

    Military contractors could force the cost of US defence equipment to rise sharply if a law cutting spending from January...

  36. September 18, 2012

    US defence groups reassess strategies

    US defence groups are scrambling to evaluate their strategic options after the news of the proposed €38bn merger between...

  37. September 18, 2012

    Pentagon needs more details on BAE-EADS

    WASHINGTON, September 17 – The US Defense Department needs more details to be able to assess the security implications of a...

  38. September 16, 2012

    BAE/EADS – weak leap forward

    Between 2008 and today, BAE Systems has made no acquisition bigger than about £500m. It has made no significant disposal in...

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