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NDAA Makes Missile Defense Policy Changes

The fiscal year 2018 defense bill passed by both Houses of Congress authorizes numerous changes and directives to the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), including studies to expand missile defense fields. The conference-agreed FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) authorizes $12.3 billion in spending for the MDA, $4.4 billion over the administration’s request. It boosts […]

NDAA Makes Missile Defense Policy Changes

The fiscal year 2018 defense bill passed by both Houses of Congress authorizes numerous changes and directives to the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), including studies to expand missile defense fields. The conference-agreed FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) authorizes $12.3 billion in spending for the MDA, $4.4 billion over the administration’s request. It boosts […]

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG-65). (Photo: U.S. Navy)

U.S. Navy Destroyer Benfold Collides With Tug Boat, Causing Minor Damage

Another U.S. guided-missiles destroyer collided with a commercial vessel in Japanese waters on Saturday, but this time U.S. damage was “minimal,” the Navy said. The Navy said in a statement that a Japanese commercial tug boat lost propulsion and drifted into the Arleigh Burke-class USS Benfold (DDG-65) while the U.S. vessel was participating in a […]

The U.S. Navy’s Undersea Rescue Command (URC) musters the Pressurized Rescue Module (PRM) to support search and rescue efforts for the Argentine Navy submarine ARA San Juan in the south Atlantic Ocean on Nov. 19. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

U.S. Helps Argentina With Submarine Search And Rescue

The U.S. Navy deployed several naval and undersea rescue assets over the weekend to help Argentina search for its naval submarine, the A.R.A San Juan  (S-42), in South Atlantic waters. The U.S. is supporting a request from Argentina’s government for international assistance in the search for the missing submarine and possible rescue of the vessel […]

Sweden Chooses Patriot To Upgrade Air And Missile Defenses

The Swedish government has decided to start negotiations on procuring Raytheon’s [RTN] Patriot air and missile defense system for upward of $1.2 billion, the government said Nov. 7. The Swedish Armed Forces (SwAF) and Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) have been evaluating medium-range surface-to-air defense systems for Sweden since the parliament concluded a 2015 defense framework […]

NATO Briefs Industry On Over $817 Million In Air And Missile Defense Opportunities

The NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency on Nov. 13 briefed North American and European industry on over $817 million in upcoming air and missile defense program business opportunities in 2018 and later, the alliance said. The NCI Agency said that projected requirements for the next decade could further “significantly increase” that initial estimate. These […]

NDAA Conference Report Boosts Navy And Missile Defense Spending

The fiscal year (FY) 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference report released Nov. 8 strongly boosts Navy and Missile Defense spending over the Defense Department’s initial requests. The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) report summary highlights how it works to repair the military and restore readiness, which includes requiring the Secretary of the Navy […]

The Mobile User Objective System (MUOS)-5 satellite at Lockheed Martin’s Sunnyvale, Calif. satellite manufacturing facility before its May 2016 launch. (Photo: Lockheed Martin)

Lockheed Martin Hands Control Of MUOS-5 Satellite To Navy

Lockheed Martin [LMT] and the U.S. Navy’s Communications Satellite program Office handed over operational control of the fifth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS-5) communications satellite to the Naval Satellite Operations Center (NAVSOC) on Oct. 11 following an earlier propulsion problem, the company said Thursday. The handover was the last obstacle and now allows for Army […]

NATO Briefs Industry On Over $817 Million In Air And Missile Defense Opportunities

The NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency on Nov. 13 briefed North American and European industry on over $817 million in upcoming air and missile defense program business opportunities in 2018 and later, the alliance said. The NCI Agency said that projected requirements for the next decade could further “significantly increase” that initial estimate. These […]

Singapore Commissions Two Littoral Mission Vessels

The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) commissioned two Independence-class Littoral Mission Vessels (LMVs) at Changi Naval Base on Nov. 14. The LMVs were developed by the RSN, the Defence Science and Technology Agency, and Singapore’s ST Engineering. The Singapore Defense Ministry said the commissioning of the RSS Sovereignty and RSS Unity is a “significant milestone” in the Navy’s transformation to strengthen […]