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Defense Daily, Monday, December 17, 2018, Vol. 280, Issue 50

Defense Watch: Kyl Exit, Inhofe Stock, New LMT CFO, FLOTUS V-22

Kyl Leaving Senate in 2019. Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) will leave the Senate at the end of 2018, according to a Dec. 12 letter to Arizona Governor Doug Ducey. Kyl, who was nominated to the state’s junior Senator seat following the August death of Sen. John McCain, never intended to fill in for the remainder…

First Air Force GPS III Satellite to Launch Dec. 18 with Legacy Ground Systems

As the Air Force and its industry partners prepare for the launch of the first GPS III satellite next week, it will do so without an upgrade meant to help operators use legacy ground systems to control the new advanced systems, officials said Dec. 14.The Air Force's GPS Next-Generation Operational Control Segment (GPS OCX) is…

Army To Purchase Iron Fist Active Protection System For Bradleys

The Army intended to purchase IMI System’s Iron Fist active protection system for its Bradley fighting vehicles, with officials clarifying that a recently released “market survey” notice for a new capability is intended to move the program toward a production decision.Despite program delays and technical challenges integrating the APS on the vehicles, the Army is…

GM's New Defense Chief Albritton, Familiar To Reporters, Sees Business As A Start Up

General Motors [GM] earlier this month appointed a new chief for the company’s fledgling defense unit, David Albritton, a long time communications and media relations professional in the Navy and defense industry, who is taking on his first line responsibility.Albritton, who has spent the past three years as the communications lead for GM’s Global Products…

Textron Wins $314 Million Mod For LCAC 109 – LCAC 123

The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) on Friday awarded Textron Inc. [TXT] a $314 million modification for additional work on Ship to Shore Connector (SSC) Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC)-100 craft LCAC-109 – 123.The SSC LCAC-100-class vessels aim to replace the existing fleet of hovercraft vehicles that are reaching the end of their service life.…

German Military Orders Seven H145Ms for Search and Rescue

The German armed forces, or Bundeswehr, has ordered seven Airbus H145M search-and-rescue (SAR) helicopters to replace its "obsolete" SAR fleet of Bell [TXT] UH-1Ds, which entered service in the 1970s, Airbus said  Dec. 13.Airbus, which is to be responsible for logistics support, repair, and maintenance of the H145s, is to deliver the rotorcraft in 2020.Wolfgang…