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Defense Daily, Monday, October 1, 2018, Vol. 279, Issue 64

Defense Watch: Trump Signs DoD Bill, Lockheed Martin Dividends, DHS DNA Effort

Trump Signs FY '19 DoD Bill Into Law. President Trump on Friday signed the FY'19 minibus bill that includes funding for the Departments of Defense, Education, Labor and Health and Human Services into law. The bill provides DoD with $716 billion in base and OCO funding. It marks the first time in nine years that…

Blue Origin Engine Will Fuel ULA's Vulcan Centaur Rocket

United Launch Alliance (ULA) has selected Blue Origin’s BE-4 engine to power its Vulcan Centaur rocket, the alliance said Thursday.The alliance, which is a joint venture between Lockheed Martin [LMT] Space Systems and Boeing [BA] Defense, Space and Security and produces the Delta IV and Atlas V launch systems, said the engine will fuel the…

With T-X Win, Boeing Takes Trifecta of DoD Aircraft Awards

The contract award for the Air Force’s next-generation advanced pilot trainer is expected to be a boon for winners Boeing [BA] and its partner Saab, analysts said.The service announced Sept. 27 that the Boeing-Saab team had secured a contract worth up to $9.2 billion for 351 T-X aircraft and 46 simulators to replace the service’s…

Coast Guard Awards Construction Contract For First OPC; Long-Lead For Next OPC And NSC

The Coast Guard on Friday said it had exercised more than $400 million in contract options toward its ongoing surface fleet modernization, including the construction contract with Eastern Shipbuilding for its first of 25 planned medium-endurance Offshore Patrol Cutters (OPC).The Coast Guard awarded Florida-based Eastern Shipbuilding a total of $317.5 million to build the lead…

Lockheed Martin Lowers F-35A Price Tag Below $90 Million

Lockheed Martin [LMT] and the Defense Department have agreed on a new $11.5 billion contract that drops the price of an F-35A below $90 million for the first time.The new contract, which covers 141 F-35s and will go into effect in 2019 with low-rate initial production (LRIP) Lot 11, represents an average price reduction of 9.2 percent across the joint strike…

Navy Awards HII Six Flight III DDG-51 Destroyers And GD Four in Multi-Billion Dollar Multi-Year Contracts

The Navy last week awarded six new Arleigh Burke-class DDG-51 destroyers to Huntington Ingalls Industries [HII] and four to General Dynamics [GD] Bath Iron Works (BIW) for a combined value of $9 billion.Both fixed-price firm target multiyear contracts cover one Flight III DDG-51 destroyer for each company per year from FY 2019 – 2022. HII…

Second Experimental Block II Chinook Enters Assembly Ahead of Schedule

Boeing [BA] has loaded the second of three Ch-47F Block II aircraft into final assembly, and soon will have all three experimental performance-enhanced Chinooks being built up to achieve first flight next year.Both the first two aircraft entered assembly ahead of schedule and Boeing has been able to modestly speed up building the prototypes that…

First Combat Use Of F-35B While Another Crashes in South Carolina

The first combat use of an F-35B occurred in a strike in Afghanistan on Thursday while an F-35B crashed in South Carolina the following day in a separate incident.The combat strike was in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. The F-35 air strike was in support of ground…