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Defense Daily, Wednesday, December 12, 2018, Vol. 280, Issue 47

CBO Report: Cost to Replace Air Force Fleet to Top $26 Billion in 2033

The cost to replace the Air Force’s aging aircraft fleet and build new advanced jets is only expected to rise over the next three decades, averaging between $15 billion and $23 billion through 2040, according to a new Congressional Budget Office report.The CBO report, titled “The Cost of Replacing Today’s Air Force Fleet” and released…

Pentagon Tech Leaders Offer Details To House Panel On New AI Center’s Mission

Top Pentagon technology officials told a House armed services panel Tuesday the department’s new artificial intelligence center is open and focused on scaling up current commercial  and military capabilities needed to spur big data projects and match increasingly massive AI investments from peer competitors. Lawmakers on the Emerging Threats and Capabilities subcommittee pressed Dana Deasy,…

MDA Scores SM-3 IIA Hit Using Japan Aegis Model

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and Navy successfully intercepted an Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM) target with an Aegis Ashore-launched Raytheon [RTN] Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA interceptor in the Pacific Ocean this week using an Aegis configuration being developed for Japan.This operational live fire flight test, called Flight Test Integrated-03 (FTI-03), used an air-launched IRBM target…

First GPS III Satellite Packed Up in Payload Fairing for Scheduled Dec. 18 Launch

The Air Force’s first GPS III space vehicle (SV01) last week has been enclosed within its payload fairing in anticipation of a mid-December launch date.“Vespucci,” as the satellite is known, was encapsulated within a SpaceX-made payload fairing Dec. 7 at Astrotech Space Operations in California, the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center said in…

Airbus Inks New Three-Year Dauphin Deal With Lithuania

The Lithuanian Air Force has renewed the HCare Infinite material management contract for its fleet of three Dauphin AS365 N3+ search-and-rescue helicopters, a deal under which the aircraft averaged 97 percent availability during the previous three years.The helicopters entered service performing SAR missions in 2015 with a three-year full warranty and Airbus’ commitment to maintaining…

Fluor Scoops Nuke Storage Contract at Missile Base

Fluor Federal Services will build a nuclear weapons storage and maintenance facility at the an Frances E. Warren Air Force Base near Cheyenne, Wyoming, under a three-and-a-quarter year Army Corps of Engineers contract worth $145 million, the company said Tuesday.The 90,000 square-foot facility will include a fueling station, a generator building and a fire pump…