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Defense Daily, Thursday, December 20, Vol. 250, Issue 53

State Department Approves $3.5 Billion Patriot Deal With Turkey

The State Department has approved a $3.5 billion Patriot missile system deal with Turkey amid congressional concerns on Ankara’s potential purchase of Russia’s S-400 air defense system. The potential sale, announced Tuesday evening, would include 80 Patriot MIM-104E Guidance Enhanced and 60 PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement missiles. “Turkey is a member of and critical enabling platform…

SAIC Strikes Out On Mobile Protected Firepower, Plans To Remain In Combat Vehicle Market

Even though SAIC [SAIC] was eliminated from the Army’s new light tank program, the company’s second major vehicle loss in the last year, the company will continue exploring combat vehicle opportunities, according to a company spokeswoman.Lauren Presti said the company plans to work with its partners to prepare for the imminent release of the Army’s…

Senate Passes Bill Authorizing Countering WMD Office In DHS

The Senate by voice vote on Tuesday evening passed a measure codifying an office within the Department of Homeland Security that will oversee the strategy, policy and development and acquisition of technologies designed to protect the U.S. from weapons of mass destruction (WMD).DHS stood up the Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office in late 2017…

Senators Concerned Over Lack of Notice on Withdrawal of Troops from Syria

Senators on Wednesday expressed surprise and concern over news broke this morning that President Trump had ordered an immediate withdrawal of the U.S. military’s 2,000 troops stationed in Syria.Following news reports, Trump appeared to confirm the withdrawal in a tweet, stating "We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the…

FLIR Will Provide Infrared Sensors For Air Force Huey Replacement

Boeing [BA] has chosen FLIR Systems [FLIR] to provide the electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) surveillance sensor for the U.S. Air Force UH-1N replacement helicopters it is building in concert with Leonardo.The Air Force in September chose the Boeing-Leonardo team’s MH-139 to replace its aging UH-1 fleet. The helicopters will oversee security and provide operational support at Air…