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The Solid State Radar Integration Site (SSRIS) at Lockheed Martin’s Moorestown, NJ, facility. (Photo: Lockheed Martin)

Lockheed Martin Meets Another LRDR Milestone, Full-Rate Production To Start Before End Of Year

Lockheed Martin [LMT] finished another technical milestone for its Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR), completing a closed loop satellite track with tactical hardware and software, setting the company up to start full-rate production before the end of the year, officials announced this week The company said this marked a “significant achievement” on the way to […]

Artist rendering of LHA 8 Bougainville amphibious assault ship. Huntington Ingalls said that increase volume on the Bougainville helped contribute to higher sales in the second quarter. Rendering by HII.

HII Starts Building Next Amphibious Assault Ship

Huntington Ingalls Industries [HII] started fabrication of the future USS Bougainville (LHA-8) at its shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss., on Oct. 15. The ship is largely being produced in the Pascagoula facility and it is scheduled to be delivered by 2024. LHA-8 is set to be the first Flight I LHA Replacement Program ship and third […]

A U.S. Air Force F-16. Photo: Air Force.

Air Force: Loss of Consciousness Deemed Cause of Fatal 2017 F-16 Crash

The Air Force on Tuesday released an accident investigation board report determining the cause of a fatal F-16 Thunderbird crash this past April. Maj. Stephen Del Bagno, an F-16CM pilot assigned to the Thunderbird squadron, fatally crashed after suffering loss of consciousness while performing in a routine aerial demonstration training flight April 4 at the […]

F-22 Raptors from Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., taxi after landing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio for safe haven, Oct. 9, 2018. The F-22 is one of several planes taking safe haven at Wright-Patterson AFB as Hurricane Michael threatens their home station. (U.S. Air Force photo by Wesley Farnsworth)

Air Force Officials: Extent of Damage to F-22s at Tyndall Still Unknown

The Air Force continues to assess the potential damage to multiple F-22 Raptor fighter jets inflicted last week by Hurricane Michael at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. It remains to be seen exactly how many aircraft were impacted and the extent of the damage, Air Force officials said Oct. 14. Air Force leadership declined to […]

Honeywell has completed tests with its helmet mounted display virtual imaging technology on DARPA's GXV-T test vehicle. Photo: Honeywell.

Army Testing Honeywell’s Virtual Imaging Technology On Bradleys, Potential Interest For NGCV

Honeywell [HON] officials said the Army will continue testing its advanced helmet visioning system to create a virtual line of sight on Bradley fighting vehicles, with potential interest in integrating the system as a component on its next-generation combat vehicle (NGCV). Gerhard Schroter, senior business development manager for Honeywell Aerospace, told Defense Daily at last […]

Christopher Kubasik, L3 Technologies Chairman, President and CEO. Photo: L3 Technologies

Harris, L3 Chiefs Don’t See Roadblocks To Closing Deal

With just a “fraction” of their respective businesses overlapping, the corporate chiefs behind the largest defense merger ever don’t expect any major regulatory hurdles in combining Harris Corp. [HRS] and L3 Technologies [LLL] into a $16 billion-plus sixth prime contractor on schedule in mid-2019. “We do believe our businesses are complementary and we’ll go through […]

Customs and Border Protection is implementing facial recognition checks for travelers departing the U.S. by air. Photo: CBP

TSA Issues Biometric Roadmap To Enhance Security, Improve Traveler Experience

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on Monday issued its first roadmap for the adoption of biometric technologies to strengthen aviation security while improving the passenger experience at airports and, like its sister agency Customs and Border Protection (CBP), it plans to focus on facial recognition technology. The roadmap puts forth four goals for the biometric […]

Guard Response Limited By Number of Aviation Assets, Lengyel Says

In discussing the National Guard Bureau’s response to Hurricane Michael last week, Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel, chief of the National Guard Bureau, said that the Guard needs more aviation assets, particularly Boeing [BA] CH-47 Chinooks, for on-call response to contingencies, including national disasters. “Aviation is almost always a limiting factor,” Lengyel told the Defense […]

BF-17, Major Richard "BC" Rusnok & BF-18, LtCol Jon "Miles" Ohma

Majority of F-35 Aircraft Cleared For Flight After Fuel Tube Tests

Less than a week after the Pentagon’s entire fleet of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters was temporarily grounded to investigate a suspect fuel tube, the majority of the aircraft are back to flight-ready status, officials said Oct. 15. More than 80 percent of domestic and internationally based F-35s have been cleared and returned to flight operations, […]

Harris Corp.  Chairman, President and CEO William Brown. Photo: Harris

Harris, L3 Technologies In Deal Billed As Merger Of Equals

Harris Corp. [HRS] and L3 Technologies [LLL] on Sunday morning announced a blockbuster deal that would create the sixth largest U.S. defense contractor with about $16 billion in sales and a market capitalization of $33.5 billion, with Harris shareholders owning 54 percent of the business and L3’s the rest. The company’s said that the merger […]