Author Archives: DDN Staff

Defense Watch: Budget Concerns; Open Skies and Waters; TSA Award

GOP Push Back. GOP lawmakers are making a concerted push to convince President Donald Trump not to impose cuts on the FY ’20 defense budget, as he has been reported to be demanding. Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) said “there is no strategic rationale for any cut” to the defense budget on Dec. 6 at the […]

Defense Watch: Hurd Wins, SASC Hearing, Global Hawks For Japan

A Hurd-Won Victory. Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas.) won his reelection race after his challenger, Air Force veteran Gina Ortiz-Jones, conceded in a statement issued Nov. 19. Their race ended with one of the tightest vote margins in the state, with Hurd receiving 49.2 percent of the votes and Ortiz-Jones getting 48.6 percent, according to reports. […]

ULA Completes 50th Launch For U.S. Air Force With AEHF Mission

United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully carried the fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) mission into orbit for the U.S. Air Force on an Atlas V rocket that took off early Wednesday morning from Cape Canaveral. This rocket used was an Atlas V Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) 551 configuration vehicle standing at 197 feet tall, […]

Defense Watch: KC-46 Beddown, Third SBIRS Operational, Big AFA Week

KC-46 Beddown Decision. The Air Force has chosen Travis AFB, California, and Joint-Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, to each house 24 KC-46A tanker aircraft. The service signed the record of decision on Aug. 29, according to a notice released Sept. 12 by the Federal Register. Fairchild AFB in Washington and Grand Forks AFB in North Dakota […]

Lockheed Martin Sikorsky Pairs With Rheinmetall for German Helo Competition

Lockheed Martin [LMT] said Feb. 6 its Sikorsky division has signed a strategic teaming agreement with Germany’s Rheinmetall to bid the CH-53K helicopter for the German Air Force helicopter competition, where it is battling against the Boeing [BA] CH-47. Rheinmetall is the lead teammate in its bid, Sikorsky said. “With Rheinmetall as the strategic partner for Sikorsky, we are convinced […]

Lockheed Martin Sikorsky Pairs With Rheinmetall for German Helo Competition

Lockheed Martin [LMT] said Feb. 6 its Sikorsky division has signed a strategic teaming agreement with Germany’s Rheinmetall to bid the CH-53K helicopter for the German Air Force helicopter competition, where it is battling against the Boeing [BA] CH-47. Rheinmetall is the lead teammate in its bid, Sikorsky said. “With Rheinmetall as the strategic partner for Sikorsky, we are convinced […]

Lockheed Martin Sikorsky Pairs With Rheinmetall for German Helo Competition

Lockheed Martin [LMT] said Tuesday its Sikorsky division has signed a strategic teaming agreement with Germany’s Rheinmetall to bid the CH-53K helicopter for the German Air Force helicopter competition, where it is battling against the Boeing [BA] CH-47. Rheinmetall is the lead teammate in its bid, Sikorsky said. “With Rheinmetall as the strategic partner for […]

Ann Roosevelt, Former Deputy Editor of Defense Daily, Dies

Ann Roosevelt, a veteran defense trade reporter who capped her career as deputy editor of Defense Daily before retiring in 2014, died peacefully at her home on Jan. 26 in Stanfordville, N.Y., her son said. In her reporting career, Roosevelt, 73, focused primarily on Army systems and missile defense. “Ann’s passion was certainly covering the […]

Air Force Global Hawk Upgrades Greenlighted

The Air Force has received Defense Department approval to update its fleet of RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft, prime contractor Northrop Grumman [NOC] announced May 5. The Milestone C decision allows the Air Force to proceed with various modernization activities included in its fiscal year 2016 budget request, said John VanBrabant, Northrop Grumman business development […]

Lockheed Martin Unveils New Desert Hawk UAS variant

Lockheed Martin [LMT] said May 6 that it has developed Desert Hawk 4, a longer-endurance variant of its hand-launched Desert Hawk 3 unmanned aerial system (UAS). Desert Hawk 4 can stay airborne for over 2.5 hours, up from the 1.5-hour flight time of Desert Hawk 3, which the British Army has operated for the past decade, […]