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DDI for Fri. February 2, 2018, Vol. 20, Issue 5

Qatari Military Eyes Unmanned Systems

Qatar’s military, which has acquired a host of manned weapon systems from the United States and other countries in recent years, wants to add unmanned technology to its arsenal.Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah, Qatar’s defense minister, said at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., Jan. 29 that unmanned systems “are the future” and that he…

Raytheon Wins $574 Million Canadian Contract To Upgrade Naval Defense Systems

The Canadian Ministry of National Defence announced Jan. 26 it awarded Raytheon [RTN] a $574 million contract to upgrade and support 21 Close-In Weapons Systems (CIWS) for the Royal Canadian Navy.The CIWS is a rapid-fire radar-guided gun system that protects naval vessels against close in threats like missiles, aircraft, and small ships. It is currently installed on Canada’s…

Serco Acquires BTP Systems To Add C5ISR Capabilities

Britain’s Serco Group has completed its $20 million acquisition of U.S.-based BTP Systems in a deal that deepens its expertise in satellite communications and radar engineering services.The deal was first announced last October. BTP, which is based in Massachusetts, had about $20 million in sales in 2017 and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization of about…

Astro Aerospace Completes Review Of Radar Antenna Reflector For Future NASA-ISRO Satellite

Northrop Grumman’s [NOC] Astro Aerospace successfully completed a critical design review of its AstroMesh radar antenna reflector for use on a future satellite project between NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Northrop Grumman said on Jan. 29.Astro Aerospace will now begin the build phase of its radar antenna reflector…

House Science Chairman Threatens Subpoena For Kaspersky Ban Documents

The chairman of a House science panel informed the Department of Homeland Security he may issue a subpoena for documents related to the department’s Kaspersky Lab software ban if officials skip another deadline.House Science, Space, and Technology Committee (SSTC) Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) sent a letter Feb. 1 to DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen reiterating his request to receive all…