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Defense Daily, Friday, October 12, 2018, Vol. 280, Issue 10

F-35s Grounded Worldwide For Fuel Tube Inspection

The U.S. military's most sophisticated fighter aircraft fleet was temporarily suspended from operations beginning Thursday as the Defense Department worked to determine which of their platforms had a suspect part that could have caused the aircraft's first-ever crash in September.The Pentagon’s F-35 joint program office announced Oct. 11 that flight operations would halt for all…

No Protest for T-X Contract Award to Boeing

The way is clear for Boeing [BA] to safely secure three major aircraft development contracts worth billions as its two competitors declined to protest the Air Force’s T-X trainer aircraft award.Boeing was awarded the advanced pilot trainer contract in late September along with its partner in the competition, Sweden-based Saab. Lockheed Martin [LMT] had teamed…

Neller: Marines Interested In New All-Terrain Support Vehicle, But No Budget Plans For Bv206 Replacement

The Marine Corps’ top general is interested in a new all-terrain, support vehicle as his force trains for a potential fight in harsh cold-weather conditions, but he said a lack of funding is restricting a search in the near term.Gen. Robert Neller, the Marine Corps commandant, told reporters Wednesday a replacement for the force’s Bv206…

Eliminating Polar Security Cutter Funds In FY '19 Will Delay Program, Coast Guard Official Warns

If House appropriators prevail in their markup over the summer to zero funding to construct the first new heavy polar icebreaker in 40 years, the program will be delayed and also call into question the nation’s commitment to recapitalizing its icebreaker fleet, the Coast Guard’s top acquisition official said on Thursday.Existing funding for the Polar…

Engine Developers Win IDIQ Awards to Develop New Tech for Air Force

Rolls-Royce on Thursday was awarded a $100 million contract to develop new advanced turbine engine technologies for the Air Force.The indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract is for phase 1 of the service's Advanced Turbine Technologies for Affordable Mission-Capability (ATTAM) program. Awardees will "develop, demonstrate, and transition advanced turbine propulsion, power and thermal technologies that provides improvement in…

Navy Approves First 3D Printed Metal Component For Use On A Ship

The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) approved the first ever additive manufacturing (AM) printed metal part for shipboard installation, the command said on Thursday. Additive manufacturing is another term for 3D printing. The component in question is a prototype drain strainer orifice (DSO) assembly and it will be installed on the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S.…

SAIC Preparing For Army’s Mobile Protected Firepower Decision In November, Interest In Next-Gen Combat Vehicle

SAIC [SAIC] is readying for a November decision from the Army on its Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) program to buy a new light tank for its infantry brigades, with officials also positioning their vehicle offering as a potential option for the service’s next generation combat vehicle (NGCV) effort.Jim Scanlon, senior vice president for SAIC’s defense…