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BAE Systems Picked Over SAIC To Deliver Marines Corps' Amphibious Combat Vehicle

BAE Systems was selected on Monday to deliver the Marine Corps’ next-generation Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV), beginning with a $198 million low rate initial production deal to build 30 vehicles. Marine Corps officials announced the decision to select BAE's SuperAV vehicle for ACV 1.1 over SAIC’s [SAIC] Terrex, with initial deliveries to start in fall…

Senate Passes FY 2019 Defense Authorization Bill, Setting Up Conference With House

The U.S. Senate passed its version of the fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill late June 19, sending the $716 billion measure to a conference committee with the House.The Senate approved the legislation by an 85-10 vote, capping almost two weeks of floor debate. Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), who steered the bill through the Senate due…

Air Force To Resume Flying B-1 Bombers

The U.S. Air Force’s B-1B Lancers, which have been grounded since June 7, will return to flight this week, the service announced June 19.Air Force Global Strike Command said the "safety stand-down” gave it time to evaluate an undisclosed “issue” with ejection-seat components on the supersonic bomber. “We have high confidence that the fleet’s egress systems…

Bell Pushing Tiltrotor Envelope With V-280

AMARILLO, Texas — At six months old, the V-280 Valor already is flying 160 knots. Bell [TXT] will tell you it has cruised at 190 knots and after a demonstration of the aircraft here, there is every reason to believe it will meet or exceed that speed.What’s lost in raw numbers is how this aircraft…

Navy Acquisition Chief Orders 30-Year Ship Repair And Maintenance Plan

The Navy is starting a 30-year ship repair and modernization plan as a sort of companion to the 30-year shipbuilding plan, the Navy’s top acquisition official said Tuesday.James Geurts, assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development, and acquisition (ASN RDA), told reporters during a conference that the 30-year shipbuilding plan is “only as good…

With Kaspersky, ZTE In Mind, Senators Propose Federal Council On Supply Chain Risks

Amid concerns that software and telecommunications products provided by companies in Russia and China could be used to spy on the U.S. government and industry, two Senators have introduced a bill that would create a federal council to assess national security threats to the supply chain from information technology and provide guidance to agencies to…

Army Selects Four Companies To Deliver First Capabilities For New Cyber Training Environment

The Army has selected four companies to deliver the first round of capabilities for its new Persistent Cyber Training Environment program, officials said Tuesday. ManTech [MANT], Circadence, Metova CyberCENTS and Simspace each received deals under an Other Transaction Authority on June 7 to deliver prototype training tools for the Persistent Cyber Training Environment Program, following…