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Defense Daily, Tuesday, September 12, 2017, Vol. 275, Issue 50

State Dept. Approves $3.9 Billion F-16V Deal With Bahrain

Bahrain is moving forward with the development its fleet of F-16 fighter jets after a potential $3.9 deal for the delivery of 19 new aircraft and the necessary components to upgrade 20 of its F-16 Block 40 to the latest F-16V received State Department approval on Sept. 8 The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress…

Orbital ATK, SSL Tout Progress In Robotic Space Efforts

Orbital ATK [OA] announced Sept. 11 that it has begun assembling its first robotic satellite-servicing spacecraft, which it plans to launch next year.Orbital ATK conducted a critical design review of the Mission Extension Vehicle-1 (MEV-1) earlier this year, and its satellite manufacturing plant in Dulles, Va., has taken delivery of about 75 percent of the…

Army Envisions Multiple Future Vertical Lift Aircraft; Not Treating Industry Offerings As Prototypes

As industry readies its experimental vertical-lift aircraft for Army evaluation, aviation officials have made clear they do not consider the two Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrators (JMR-TD) to be prototypes of future helicopters.Maj. Gen. William Gayler, chief of the Army Aviation Center of Excellence (AACE) said Bell Helicopter’s V-280 Valor next-generation tiltrotor and the SB-1 Defiant…

HII Launches DDG-119 Aegis Destroyer

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ [HII] Ingalls Shipbuilding launched the future Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Delbert D. Black (DDG-119) in its Pascagoula, Miss,. facility on Friday, the Navy said.DDG-119 is being configured in the Flight IIA configuration, which includes an Aegis Combat System for missile defense capabilities.The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) noted the launching process takes…

Coast Guard Awards Eastern Shipbuilding Long-Lead Materials Contract For First OPC

The Coast Guard on Sept. 7 awarded Eastern Shipbuilding a $41.7 million contract for long-lead materials for the first Offshore Patrol Cutter, which is scheduled to be delivered in 2021.The contract to begin making purchases for the 360-foot USCGC Argus covers the first order for certain systems and components, including propeller and steering components, marine…

Raytheon Works With Ducommun For NSM Fire Control System

Raytheon [RTN] chose to work with Ducommun [DCO] to build the fire control systems for the Naval Strike Missile (NSM), Raytheon said Monday.The NSM is a long-range anti-ship and land-attack missile that originates with a missile design developed in by Kongsberg for the Royal Norwegian Navy. The long-range missile can hit enemy targets up to…

Senators Seek Answers From Equifax On Data Breach

The top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Commerce, Science and Technology Committee last Friday sent a letter to Equifax [EFX] regarding a data breach that the credit reporting agency disclosed last Thursday that affected personal information on 143 million Americans.“Protecting consumers has been and will remain a key priority of this Committee,” Sens. John…