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The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG-63) operating in the South China Sea in  2013.
(Photo: U.S. Navy)

GD NASSCO Nabs $148 Million Contract For USS Cowpens Modernization

The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) awarded General Dynamics’ [GD] National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. (NASSCO) a $148 million contract for the FY ’18 modernization of the USS Cowpens (CG-62). The firm-fixed price contract covers a “long-term” modernization period availability for the Ticonderoga-class cruiser that includes modernization, maintenance, and repairs. The contract includes options that, […]

Defense Watch

Space-Based Sensors. The Defense Department is exploring options to build a constellation of small satellites that could detect and track hypersonic weapons. The MDA is expected to complete a systems engineering assessment of the sensor requirements involved in such a system by this fall, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Air Force Gen. […]

State Department Clears Latvia For UH-60M Purchase

Latvia is cleared to buy four UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters from Sikorsky [LMT] under a potential $200 million deal approved by the U.S. State Department. The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced the deal Aug. 3. It includes the four aircraft in standard U.S. government configuration along with 10 General Electric [GE] T-700 engines and 10 embedded GPS systems. […]

Alion Submits Final Proposal For Canadian Navy Ship

Alion Science and Technology on August 9 said its Canadian subsidiary submitted its final bid to the Canadian government for that country’s new warship program, which is worth between $42 billion and $46 billion for 15 ships. Alion, one of three bidders for the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC), is offering a solution based on the Dutch De […]

UK Could Work with US Aerospace Firms on Tempest Fighter Jet

The United Kingdom is planning to work “quite closely” with U.S.-based aerospace industry partners as it develops its future next-generation fighter aircraft, the nation’s defense secretary said Aug. 7. The U.K. Ministry of Defence (MoD) revealed the design for the Tempest fighter jet – which would replace its fleet of Eurofighter Typhoons by the 2040s […]

DoE Inches Closer to Warhead-Core Production in NM After Finishing Environmental Review

To support a manufacturing effort crucial to future U.S. nuclear arms-modernization programs, the Department of Energy still plans to drastically increase the amount of plutonium permitted inside a building at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, according to a recently completed environmental review. In a final environmental assessment dated July 18 and posted online […]

Various helicopter participate in Composite Air Operation flights. Photo courtesy of Wim Das and Kees Otten

‘Hot Blade’ Exercise Focuses On Interoperability Of European Aviation Forces

The most recent in a series of European Defense Agency (EDA) exercises demonstrating interoperability among European militaries was held May 7-24 at the Beja Airbase in Portugal. Called “Hot Blade” 2018, the exercise saw participation from Belgium, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Portugal and Slovenia. It was the 12th exercise under the EDA’s Helicopter Exercise Program. The […]

Business Opportunities

TSA Issues Innovation Task Force BAA for 2018 The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has issued a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for its Innovation Task Force (ITF) seeking concept papers and proposals to understand existing market capabilities and identify vendors capable of enhancing the transportation security system. The ITF wants to obtain potential solutions to a […]

Contract Awards

CGI Wins $530 Million Cyber Security Contract To Protect Federal Agencies The U.S. federal business of Canada’s GGI Group [GIB] has received a potential six-year, $530 million contract from the U.S. General Service Administration (GSA) to provide federal agencies with cyber security capabilities under the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program. CGI Federal won the CDM […]

Tech Developments

Saint-Gobain Introduces New Products for RPM Applications Saint-Gobain Crystals has introduced the Extended Live Plastic detector for radiation portal monitor (RPM) applications, enhancing the capabilities of the radiation detection systems. Ohio-based Saint-Gobain says the Extended Life Plastic enables RPM systems to operate with high uptime, low probability of escapes, and more affordably. Customs and Border […]