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Defense Daily, Thursday, December 6, 2018, Vol. 280, Issue 44

DoD Proposes Rule To Eliminate Lowest Price Technically Acceptable For IT Acquisition

The Pentagon is looking to implement a new procurement rule that would block contracting officers from prioritizing the lowest price technically acceptable (LPTA) when considering IT purchases, the department said in a Tuesday Federal Register notice. The potential rule change would follow through on provisions included in the last two defense authorization bills urging the…

Official: Air Force Needs Expanded Ranges, Adversary Air Support For Fifth-Gen Aircraft Training

The Air Force’s top operations official is looking to expand aerial training range space and bring in industry to provide “sparring partners” for pilots, as the service looks to make full use of new training opportunities for its fifth-generation aircraft.Lt. Gen. Mark Kelly, deputy chief of staff for operations, told attendees at a Wednesday Mitchell…

TSA Eyeing 2020 To Begin Operating With Biometrics At Airport Checkpoints

The Transportation Security Administration in 2019 plans to further expand evaluations of facial recognition technology used to help identify select travelers at airport security checkpoints with a goal to begin operationalizing the biometric technology beginning in 2020, an agency official said this week.This year, TSA, in partnership with Customs and Border Protection, began pilot tests…

Navy Accepts Last Part Of LCS Anti-Submarine Warfare Mission Package

The Navy accepted on Nov. 30 the last component of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) anti-submarine warfare (ASW) mission package (MP), the Dual-mode Array Transmitter (DART) mission system, the service said on Dec. 4.DART was accepted only after finishing a “rigorous” acceptance test regime at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Fort Pierce, Fla.DART is…

With New High-Speed Prototype, Russian Helicopters Gunning For Sikorsky's Raider

The Russian Ministry of Defense has officially approved development of a new high-speed combat helicopter prototype that will be considered a direct rival to the Lockheed Martin Sikorsky [LMT] S-97 Raider.The design of the new helicopter, which includes coaxial rotors and can reach speeds of about 250 miles per hour, was drawn up by the…

Russia Showcasing Mi-38, KA-52K helos at Egypt Defense Show

Russia is showcasing the Mi-38 and KA-52K helicopters at the first annual Egypt Defense Expo this week in Cairo.Rostec, the state corporation that owns Russian Helicopters, said that the medium, multi-role Mi-38 is "one of the most highly automated civilian helicopters in the world."The KA-52K began sea trials last year for the Russian navy, which said…

Navy Awards $898 Million In Cyber Mission Engineering And Information Warfare Services

The Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Center Atlantic awarded nine companies a total of $898 million in multiple award five-year service contracts to be executed in task orders for cyber mission engineering services that help deliver information warfare capabilities through various domains.The winners of the Nov. 30 award include Grove Resource Solutions Inc., Millennium…