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Defense Daily, Tuesday, October 2, 2018, Vol. 280, Issue 2

F-35 Program Office Aiming to Keep Deliveries on Track with New Performance Incentives

The F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) is looking to target late delivery timelines and quality inefficiencies with its next production lot by instating new production efficiency initiatives, the program executive officer said Oct. 1The lot 11 production award for the Joint Strike Fighter, announced Sept. 28, includes provisions that are meant to incentivize the aircraft’s…

F-35 Program Office: No Change Anticipated for Deliveries to Turkey

The Department of Defense (DoD) continues to move forward with plans to deliver F-35 Joint Strike Fighters to Turkey on schedule, even as it makes progress on a congressionally mandated report on the U.S.-Turkey relationship, the F-35 program director said Oct. 1.“I don’t see any indication at this time of any change to the delivery…

BAE Systems Receives $216 Million M109A7 Howitzer Order Following Army Secretary’s Facility Inspection

BAE Systems has received a $216 million contract modification to deliver the latest round of M109A7 howitzers, following an inspection led by the Army secretary last month at the company’s facility in York, Pa., to address welding concerns with the system.The Pentagon announced the Army’s fourth low-rate initial production order on Sept. 28 for the…

Lockheed Martin Wins Hundreds Of Millions In Trident II Mods

Lockheed Martin [LMT] won hundreds of millions in U.S. Navy contract modifications for work on new procurement of Trident II (D5) submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) on Sept. 28.The Navy’s Strategic Systems Programs awarded the company a $333 million cost-plus-incentive-fee cost-plus-fixed-fee modification for new procurement of Trident II deployed systems support.The work will largely be split…

Northrop Grumman Receives $289 Million For IBCS Upgrades, Looking At 2020 LRIP Decision

The Army has awarded Northrop Grumman [NOC] a $289 million deal to continue work on the company’s next-generation missile defense command platform, including critical operations center and software upgrades, with the goal of reaching a potential low-rate initial production decision in 2020, officials said Monday.Northrop is tasked with upgrading its Integrated Air and Missile Defense…

Lebanon Orders 6 MD530G Attack Choppers in $1B+ Contract With U.S. Army

MD Helicopters continues to rack up orders for the MD530 with the purchase of six G-model attack helicopters by Lebanon under a $1.4 billion ongoing contract the company has with the U.S. government.It is the third delivery order in the past 12 months for MD under the indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract. The IDIQ contract estimates that…

First F-35s Land On New UK Carrier

The first F-35Bs landed and took off on the United Kingdom’s newest aircraft carrier, the HMS Queen Elizabeth, last week.On Sept. 25 Royal Navy Commander Nathan Gray and Royal Air Force (RAF) Squadron Leader Any Edgell were the first pilots to land and take off with an F-35 on the Queen Elizabeth. This was also…