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Defense Daily, Wednesday, September 6, 2017, Vol. 275, Issue 46

Army Awards General Dynamics Half-Billion Dollars For Abrams Tank Upgrades

In the past two months, the Army has put General Dynamics [GD] on contract to build prototypes of the most advanced versions of the M1A2 Abrams tanks that includes advances in lethality, mobility and protection.The two contracts – awarded July 31 and Aug. 31 – total $580 million for development and integration of improvements within…

With Deal For Rockwell Collins, UTC Sees Nearly $5 Billion In Military Aero Systems Sales

United Technologies Corp. [UTX] on Monday evening said it has agreed to acquire Rockwell Collins [COL] in a $30 billion deal that will create a $23 billion aerospace systems division, with about 75 percent of the business focused on commercial aerospace and the rest serving military customers.The announcement wasn’t a surprise given media reports about…

Lockheed Missile Detection System Passes Initial Navy Review

Lockheed Martin’s [LMT] helicopter-based anti-ship missile detection system passed the U.S. Navy’s first review, the company said Tuesday.The Advanced Off-Board Electronic Warfare (AOEW) Active Mission payload (AMP) AN/ALQ-248 system passed a Preliminary Design Review on schedule, demonstrating sustained performance.The Navy first awarded Lockheed Martin a $42 million AOEW contract in late 2016 as an electronic…

Rep. Bridenstine Tapped To Lead NASA

President Trump plans to nominate Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.), a leading space advocate in Congress, to be NASA’s 13th administrator, the White House announced late Sept. 1.Analysts said that Bridenstine’s selection could be a boost for commercial space and returning astronauts to the moon, both of which he has advocated in the House.“While in Congress, Bridenstine…

Navy Secretary Directs Second, Independent, Surface Incident Review

Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer has formed an independent subject matter expert team to operate a Strategic Readiness Review as one of the responses to recent surface fleet collision incidents., the Navy said last Friday.This review is set to proceed concurrently with, and complementary to, the Comprehensive Review led by U.S. Fleet Forces Command.…

HII Finalizes CVN-73 Midlife Refueling and Overhaul Contract, Work Starts

The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) last Friday awarded Huntington Ingalls Industries’ [HII] Newport News Shipbuilding a $2.8 billion execution contract for the Refueling Complex Overhaul (RCOH) of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73).HII noted an RCOH availability embodies 35 percent of all the modernization, repairs, and maintenance in a carrier’s 50-year service life.…