Author Archives: DDN Staff

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 […]

The CH-53K King Stallion arrives at Naval Air Station, Patuxent River on June 30, 2017.  Photo courtesy U.S. Navy. (PRNewsfoto/Lockheed Martin)

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 […]

The Pentagon, headquarters of the Department of Defense.  DoD photo by Master Sgt. Ken Hammond, U.S. Air Force.

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 […]

RQ-4 Global Hawk
Photo: Northrop Grumman

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 Desert Hawk UAS variant

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, […]

A Tomahawk taking to the skies. Photo: U.S. Navy

Raytheon Delays Testing New Seeker for Tomahawk Missile

Raytheon [RTN], which is proposing to add a new seeker to the Tomahawk cruise missile so the U.S. Navy weapon can hit moving targets on land and at sea, has delayed a key flight test of the seeker by several months. Raytheon, which originally planned to fly the multi-mode seeker on the nose of a […]

An Indago UAS prepares to survey cyclone damage in Vanuatu. (Heliwest photo)

Lockheed Martin’s Indago UAS Maps Cyclone Damage

Lockheed Martin’s [LMT] Indago small unmanned aerial system (UAS) recently deployed to Vanuatu to help the impoverished Pacific archipelago nation recover from a devastating natural disaster, the company announced May 4. During a two-week mission that ended in mid-April, the five-pound, quad-rotor Indago, operated by Australia’s Heliwest, collected video and photographs to map damage caused […]

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Defense Watch

NDAA Markups: SASC released its markup schedule for the National Defense Authorization Act, days after the corresponding House committee approved its own version of the bill. The full committee markup–which runs May 13-15—will remain closed this year, as decided by a SASC vote. Subcommittees were allowed to choose whether to open their own markups. The […]