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Defense Daily, Friday, October 5, 2018, Vol. 280, Issue 5

Lockheed Martin Selects Potential Payload Providers for Next-Gen Missile Warning System

Lockheed Martin [LMT] has down-selected Raytheon [RTN] and a Northrop Grumman [NOC]-Ball Aerospace [BLL] team to compete to provide the mission payload for the Air Force’s next-generation missile warning satellite system, the company said Oct. 4.This competition will be part of the Phase 1 contract for the next-generation overhead persistent infrared (OPIR) Block O GEO…

Sikorsky S-97 Raider Prototype Meets, Beats 200 Knots in Level Flight

Sikorsky’s S-97 Raider light attack prototype has exceeded 200 knots in level forward flight and is expected to continue ramping up to at least 220 knots, a speed unachievable in a traditional helicopter.Experimental Test Pilot Bill Fell said the Raider, which features dual coaxial rigid main rotors for lift and an aft propulsor, is flying…

Huntington Ingalls Sells Avondale Shipyard

Four years after closing its shipyard in Avondale, La., Huntington Ingalls Industries [HII] on Thursday said the facility has been sold to a joint venture consisting of a terminal operator and redevelopment company.Terms of the sale to Avondale Marine, which consists of T. Parker Host and Hilco Redevelopment Partners, were not disclosed. A spokeswoman for…

Senate Passes Bill To Operationalize DHS Cyber Protection Agency

The Senate Wednesday evening passed a bill to operationalize the Department of Homeland Security’s main cyber security unit as the agency looks to continue improving election security and critical infrastructure protection efforts against growing cyber threats.The bill renames DHS’ National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) as the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and would…

Navy Leadership To See Draft FSA Next Month, Unmanned A Priority

The undersecretary of the Navy said the service’s leadership should be getting a draft of the next Force Structure Assessment (FSA) in November.Then the Navy leaders will have a chance to adjust the report before a final report is released some time next year, Undersecretary Thomas Modly told reporters at a Defense Writers Group breakfast…

Smiths Group To Acquire United Flexible For $345 Million

Britain’s Smiths Group plc on Thursday said it has agreed to buy Illinois-based United Flexible for $345 million in a deal that adds new solutions for its aerospace and industrial product suite around tubing and hoses for fluid and fuel transfer and expands its geographic footprint.The transaction is expected to close in the second half…

State Department Approves Bahrain Missile Systems Purchase, Aircraft Deals With Iraq, Canada

The State Department announced Thursday it has approved deals to sell Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System Unitary Rocket Pods and Army Tactical Missiles System (ATACMS) Unitary missiles to Bahrain, Bell [TXT] 407GX helicopters to Iraq and King Air 350ER aircraft to Canada.Bahrain has purchased 120 GMLRS M31 unitary rocket pods, equipped with 720 rockets, and…