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Defense Daily, Thursday, October 4, 2018, Vol. 280, Issue 4

Army Launches Prototype Competition For Future Light Attack Aircraft

The Army has officially kicked off a competition for industry to design its next light scout aircraft, called the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft, or FARA.Details of the program were published Oct. 3 in a solicitation on the government’s contracting website. The Army lays out a four-phase competitive prototyping effort that should yield operational, experimental aircraft…

In FAA Bill, Senate Passes TSA Reauthorization, Counter-Drone Measures

The Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a five-year reauthorization bill for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that includes additional legislative measures that would also reauthorize the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and provide limited authorities to the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice to deploy technologies to defeat potential threats from aerial drones.The bipartisan FAA Reauthorization…

Bell Developing Future Light Scout Aircraft For U.S. Army

While flight testing the Black Hawk-sized V-280 advanced tiltrotor, Bell [TXT] also has developed a smaller aircraft in anticipation of the U.S. Army’s need for a light scout aircraft, according to CEO Mitch Snyder.While the Army initially prioritized a medium-sized long-range assault aircraft in the size range of a Black Hawk, earlier this year the…

Marine Corps Ethical Hacking Program Discovers 150 Network Security Flaws

Hackers participating in the Pentagon’s latest bug bounty program found 150 unique vulnerabilities in the Marine Corps’ public-facing websites, officials said Wednesday.The Pentagon paid out $150,000 to ethical hackers as part of the Hack the Marine Corps program to find potential areas of exploitation in the Marine Corps Enterprise Network.“Hack the Marine Corps was an…

Northrop Grumman Wins $171 Million Contract For More AARGMs

Northrop Grumman [NOC] won a $171 million U.S. Navy contract for Lot 7 full rate production of the AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missiles (AARGMs), the company announced Tuesday.This award covers U.S., Italian Air Force, and Royal Australian Air Force users of the AARGM.The AARGM supersonic, air-launched tactical missile upgrades the legacy Raytheon [RTN] AGM-88 HARM…

Northrop Grumman Receives Contract to Upgrade JSTARS Computers

Northrop Grumman [NOC] continues to supply upgrades to the Air Force’s E-8C joint surveillance target attack radar system (JSTARS) aircraft as the service hones its plan for a follow-on network of systems.The company was awarded a $17.5 million contract for a fifth-generation upgrade to the aircraft’s central computers on Sept. 27. The upgrade, which includes…