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Defense Daily, Tuesday, September 25, 2018, Vol. 279, Issue 60

Boeing-Leonardo Team Takes $2.4 Billion Contract To Replace Air Force Huey Fleet

A team of Boeing [BA] and Leonardo helicopters were chosen by the Air Force to replace the Air Force's UH-1N Huey fleet with 84 helicopters under a $2.38 billion contract.The $375 million contract announced Sept. 24 is for the first four MH-139 helicopters and includes integration of non-developmental items, according to the Air Force. The…

HID Global Acquires Biometric Company Crossmatch

HID Global on Monday said it has acquired the identity management company Crossmatch in a deal that significantly expands its biometric product portfolio and authentication and identity assurance solutions.HID Global, which is part of Sweden’s Assa Abloy Group, didn’t disclose the purchase price. Assa Abloy said in a separate release that Crossmatch, which has about…

L3 Acquires UK Firm That Makes Unmanned Surface Vehicles

Adding to its growing franchise of unmanned maritime system capabilities, L3 Technologies [LLL] on Monday said it has acquired ASV Global, a United Kingdom-based developer and manufacturer of unmanned surface vessels and related technology for commercial, scientific, military and security applications.Terms of the deal, which closed on Sept. 20, were not disclosed. ASV also has…

DHS Selects L3, Leidos And Smiths Detection For RPM Replacement Program

The Department of Homeland Security last week awarded contracts to three companies--L3 Technologies [LLL], Leidos [LDOS], and Smiths Detection--to supply replacement drive-through radiation portal monitor (RPM) systems for deployment at U.S. ports.The award is worth a combined $291.4 million and was announced via the Sept. 19 FedBizOpps website. The award was made by Office of…

Leonardo DRS, Rafael Successfully Demonstrate Lighter Version Of Trophy APS On Bradley

Leonardo DRS and Israel’s Rafael completed successful live-fire qualifications for a lighter version of their Trophy active protection system (APS), demonstrating potential for future integration on smaller Army vehicles, including Bradleys and Strykers, the company said on Monday.The updated Trophy vehicle protection system (VPS) achieves a 40 percent reduction in weight, addressing previous Army concerns…

First Ever TSA Reauthorization Included In FAA Bill

A congressional bill that that would reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) includes a separate amendment aimed at modernizing the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), including a provision that would provide for a five-year term for the head of TSA.The TSA Modernization Act is the first reauthorization of TSA, which stood up in Nov. 2001 shortly…

NASA Leader Pushing to Commercialize Low Earth Orbit

NASA must look for ways to commercialize activity in low Earth orbit so that it can focus on getting humans back on the moon and onto Mars, Jim Bridenstine, NASA’s administrator, said Monday.Speaking at a Washington Space Business Roundtable lunch even in Washington, D.C., Bridenstine said he is looking for space industry partners, non-traditional companies…

Counter Drone Measure Included In Bipartisan House, Senate FAA Agreement

House and Senate conferees last Saturday evening reached agreement on a bipartisan, long-term reauthorization bill for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that includes legislation allowing the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice to counter threats posed by drones in limited circumstances.The counter unmanned aircraft system (UAS) legislation also allows DHS to research, develop and test…

CVN-69 Repair Time Extended Into 2019

The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) will keep undergoing maintenance at least through early 2019, almost a year beyond the original six-month availability.On Sept. 22, CVN-69’s commanding officer, Capt. Kyle Higgins, said in a message on the ship's Facebook [FB] community page that while he could not specifically cite how long the ship…

State Department Approves $330 Million Deal With Taiwan For Military Aircraft Spare Parts

The State Department has approved a potential $330 million deal to provide Taiwan with spare parts for its military aircraft fleet, including F-16s, C-130s, F-5s and Indigenous Defense Fighters.The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of the foreign military sales order (FMSO) II request from Taiwan on Monday.TECRO requested to receive funds to cover costs…

Fresh From Afghanistan, US National Guard Chinooks Patrol Flooded NC

OVER EASTERN, N.C. — Before lifting off from Raleigh, N.C., pilot Peter Doerr, a chief warrant officer with the Maryland Army National Guard explains the day’s humanitarian relief mission and the CH-47F Chinook helicopter that would carry his crew half the state away to areas flooded by Hurricane Florence.Though they are obvious, he points out…