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Defense Daily, Wednesday, October 10, 2018, Vol. 280, Issue 8

Competitors Will Not Protest Air Force Award for Huey Replacement Helicopter

Lockheed Martin’s [LMT] Sikorsky subsidiary and Sierra Nevada Corp. will not protest the Air Force’s recent contract award for the UH-1N “Huey” helicopter replacement, securing the lucrative contract for the winning team of Boeing [BA] and Italy-based Leonardo.“After a thorough review of the debriefing materials, Sikorsky has chosen not to protest the U.S. Air Force’s…

Army Looks At Potential Next-Gen Combat Vehicle Offerings, RFP To Drop By January

The Army is looking to 2026 to replace its Bradleys with a new optionally manned fighting vehicle (OFMV) as the first step in its next-generation combat vehicle (NGCV) effort, with a request for proposals due by January.BAE Systems’ CV90, General Dynamics’ [GD] Griffin III and Raytheon’s [RTN] Lynx fighting vehicles were among the concept offerings…

Lockheed Martin Nabs Contract To Extend Q-53 Range

Lockheed Martin [LMT] said Monday it won a U.S. Army contract modification to extend the range of the AN/TPQ-53 (Q-53) radar range as part of a full-rate production configuration.This update will have the company insert Gallium Nitride (GaN) into the Q-53, which the company said will add power for capabilities like long-range counterfire target acquisition,…

Appeals Court Paves Path to Convert DoE Facility in South Carolina for Weapons Work

A federal appeals court on Tuesday effectively cleared the Department of Energy to cancel construction of a controversial plutonium disposal plant under construction in South Carolina.The decision, which followed oral arguments before the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in late September, could result in the eventual loss of some 2,000 jobs at MOX Services,…

Lockheed Martin And Raytheon Advance In Patriot Radar Replacement

Lockheed Martin [LMT] and Raytheon [RTN] confirmed Monday they are both advancing in the U.S. Army’s Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensors (LTAMDS) downselect to replace the legacy Patriot missile defense radar system.LTAMDS seeks to replace the current MPQ-65 Patriot radar.A year ago Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman [NOC], and Technovative Applications won 15-month technology…

GAO Warns Of Cyber Security Vulnerabilities In Weapon Systems

The Defense Department is in the stages of improving the cyber security of the weapon systems it develops and the vulnerabilities of these systems are made worse due to their complexity, warns a new report by congressional auditors.The potential risks from these vulnerabilities are huge.“These weapons are essential to maintaining our nation’s military superiority and…

Private Equity Firm AEI Acquires The Atlas Group

The private equity firm AE Industrial Partners [AEI] on Tuesday said it has acquired Aerostructures Acquisition LLC, also known as The Atlas Group, and will combine the company with its existing portfolio company F.M.I., Inc., to create a manufacturing company that produces a wide range of complex assemblies for commercial, military and business aircraft.Terms of…

Leonardo DRS Announces $800 Million In Sensor Contracts, Including Army Deal For New Mounted Laser Rangefinder

Leonardo DRS on Tuesday announced $800 million in electro-optical and infrared sensors contracts from the Pentagon, including a $231 million deal to deliver a new tripod mounted laser designator rangefinder to the Army.The Army in September awarded Leonardo DRS a 10-year deal to potentially deliver 2,700 next-generation Lightweight Laser Designator Rangement (LLDR) for forward observers…