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Defense Daily, Wednesday, September 25, 2018, Vol. 279, Issue 61

BAE Systems Delivering First ACVs Next Summer, Marines Considering Family of Vehicles

BAE Systems is set to deliver the first Amphibious Combat Vehicles (ACV) to the Marine Corps starting in summer 2019, with the service to begin discussions on potential command and control and recovery variants by 2020, according to a company official.John Swift, BAE System’s ACV program director, told reporters at the Modern Day Marine conference…

Development Of Next-Generation Biometric Identity Management System On Schedule, DHS Officials Say

TAMPA, Fla.—More than six months into the development and acquisition of a next-generation cloud-based biometric storage and matching system for the Department of Homeland Security, the Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology (HART) effort is holding to schedule, department officials overseeing the program said on Tuesday.The HART program is still on track to have the first increment…

Bell Unveils V-247 Autonomous Tiltrotor and It's the Size of a Huey

Bell [TXT] unveiled the full-size mockup of its V-247 autonomous tiltrotor Sept. 25, and it is much larger than a scale-model suggests.Just outside the company’s booth at the Modern Day Marine in Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, passersby kept up an audible chorus of surprise as each caught a first glimpse of the unmanned aircraft system…

HASC Chair Has Not Planned Hearing on Bill to Ban Low-Yield Warhead

The House Armed Services Committee so far does not plan a hearing on a Democrat-sponsored bill to ban development of a low-yield, submarine-launched ballistic missile warhead, the panel's chairman said Tuesday.In a press gaggle with Capitol Hill reporters, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) said the House would soon recess until the Nov. 6 midterm elections, when…

House to Vote Wednesday To Fund DoD On Time for First Time in Nine Years

The House could vote to pass the fiscal year 2019 (FY’19) appropriations bill to fund the Department of Defense (DoD) and several other agencies on Wednesday, funding the Pentagon ahead of the end of the fiscal year for the first time in nearly a decade, the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) chairman said Tuesday.“I admit…

Price, Niche Mission Keys to Boeing-Leonardo Win For UH-1N Replacement

At last week's U.S. Air Force Association conference at National Harbor, Maryland, the eyes of Boeing [BA] officials had a knowing glint when they discussed the Boeing-Leonardo bid of the MH-139 to replace the Air Force's aging fleet of Bell UH-1N Hueys.Industry observers had predicted that a variant of the UH-60 Black Hawk would secure…

Northrop Grumman Reveals New Vanguard Modular Radar

Last week Northrop Grumman [NOC] unveiled its new Vanguard multi-function, modular, open architecture radar system, touting its flexibility to scale up and apply to a plethora of platforms.Vanguard consists of individual panels about one square foot each, with each panel being a complete radar in itself. Each panel can act as an independent radar, or…

MDA To Award Raytheon Sole-Source Contract For SM-3 IIA Interceptors

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is planning to award a sole-source contract to Raytheon [RTN] to produce and deliver Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA ballistic missile interceptors starting in FY 2019 and lasting through 2023 with a possible extension through FY 2027.The MDA posted a pre-solicitation notice to this effect to FedBizOpps on Sept. 21.The…

Army Awards Lockheed Martin $289 Million For 24 HIMARS Launchers

Lockheed Martin [LMT] has received a $289 million deal to provide 24 more High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launchers to the Army, the company said Tuesday.Deliveries are expected to begin in the second half of 2020 with work to be completed by July 2022, a Lockheed Martin spokesman told Defense Daily.HIMARS is a lightweight…

Canceled Joint Exercise Has Hurt Readiness, Says Nominee to Lead US Forces Korea

U.S. forces and allies stationed along the Korean peninsula have suffered a “slight degradation in readiness” following the cancellation of a major joint exercise in August, the nominee for the post of U.S. Forces Korea commander said Tuesday.“There was certainly degradation to the readiness of … the combined forces” as a result of the suspended…