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Defense Daily, Thursday, September 27, 2018, Vol. 279, Issue 62

Air Force Awards $1.3 Billion to Lockheed Martin to Build First Two Next-Gen GPS III Satellites

The Air Force on Wednesday awarded Lockheed Martin [LMT] a $1.3 billion contract to build the first two GPS III Follow-on (GPS IIIF) systems.The contract award follows a Sept. 14 announcement that the Air Force had picked Lockheed Martin to build the next generation of GPS III satellites. The company is currently building 10 systems…

DoD Awards Brazilian Company Contract To Provide Biometric System For Afghanistan, Iraq

TAMPA, Fla.--The U.S. Defense Department earlier this month selected Brazil’s Griaule to supply and operate biometric identity management systems for the governments of Afghanistan and Iraq, a contract that represents the company’s largest award with the U.S. government.The award for the Afghanistan and Iraqi Automated Biometric Identification Systems (ABIS) is worth about $75 million over…

BAE Systems Looking To Offer BvS10 As Marines’ Next Tracked Vehicle To Tackle Arctic

BAE Systems is looking to offer its BvS10 as an option for the Marine Corp’s potential search for a new all-terrain tracked vehicle, as the force begins considering options needed to better traverse harsher conditions in the face of increased activity in the Arctic region.Keith Klemmer, program director for BAE Systems’ U.S. BvS10 effort, told…

Lockheed Martin Readies ARES UAS For Flight Demo At Yuma Proving Ground

Lockheed Martin [LMT] is readying the Aerial Reconfigurable Embedded System (ARES) for a flight demonstration this fall, possibly as early as Oct. 16.The company's Skunk Works is teamed with Piasecki Aircraft Corp. and Sierra Nevada Corp. on a design that includes twin tilting wing-mounted ducted fans providing vertical lift and then transitioning to deliver forward…

Report: Faulty Navigational Data Caused 2017 Global Hawk Crash

A 2017 accident involving an RQ-4B Global Hawk that crashed in California was caused by issues with one of its navigational data devices or navigators, according to an Air Force report released Wednesday.The Air Combat Command Accident Investigation Board report states that the unmanned aerial vehicle, part of the 12th Reconnaissance Squadron from the 9th…

House Passes DoD Budget, Trump Expected to Sign

The House on Wednesday passed the Defense Department’s fiscal year 2019 (FY’19) funding bill by a veto-proof majority, essentially ensuring that the Pentagon will have its funding on time for the first time in nearly a decade.The House approved the conference version of H.R. 6157, the minibus bill which includes funding for the Departments of…

Schultz: First CG OPC Award This Week, Working Through Waterway Commerce Cutters

Adm. Karl Schultz, the Coast Guard Commandant, said on Wednesday the service will announce a production award for the first Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) this week and is working its way to develop new Waterway Commerce Cutters.The Coast Guard is planning to procure 25 360-foot OPCs to replace the 27 legacy medium endurance cutters. The…