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RVSS Expansion on Hold. Customs and Border Protection has delayed its plans to expand a sensor system along the southwest and northern borders. The agency told interested vendors in a Nov. 21 announcement that “it no longer intends to release a solicitation towards the end of calendar year 2017, or at any time in the […]

Navy Awards CSRA $38.5 Million Task Order To Upgrade H-60 Seahawk Helicopters

CSRA LLC. has received a $38.5 million task order to upgrade H-60 Seahawk helicopters used by the Navy and those included in foreign military sales. The subsidiary of CSRA, Inc. [CSRA] is tasked with providing design, assembly and support for the prototyping and system installation needed for modifications to the H-60 helicopters. “Naval H-60 aircraft […]

Mexico Approves Sikorsky’s S-92 Helicopter For Future Deliveries

Lockheed Martin’s [LMT] Sikorsky Aircraft has received approval from the Mexican government to operate its S-92 helicopters in the country for all production configurations, including offshore oil and gas transportation and search & rescue missions. Mexico’s Directorate General of Civil Aeronautics delivered the Offshore and Utility Type Certificate for the S-92 on Nov. 6 after […]

Troopers from the 5th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, observe from a Bradley Fighting Vehicle during the readiness demonstration, Presidenski Range, Trzebian, Poland, Sep. 25. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shiloh Capers)

Bradley Missile Shield Testing Pushed To January

Testing of the anti-guided missile shield the Army has chosen for the Bradley Fighting Vehicle has been pushed into January because of difficulty marrying the Iron Fist active protection system to the platform. The Army’s ground combat systems program office (PEO GCS) has spent months installing the Iron Fist APS on a hybrid A3/4 version […]

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 […]

State Department Approves $10.5 Billion Deal With Poland For Patriot Missile Defense System

The State Department has approved a possible $10.5 billion deal with Poland for the sale of a Patriot missile defense system. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress on Nov. 14 of the foreign military sale for Raytheon’s [RTN] Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Patriot Configuration-3+ system to Poland, which includes radar sets, […]

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 […]

Senate Panel Backs Bridenstine To Head NASA

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on Nov. 8 narrowly approved Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) to be NASA administrator. By a party-line 14-13 vote, the panel sent Bridenstine’s nomination to the full Senate for its consideration. Before the committee vote, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), the panel’s top Democrat, reiterated his opposition to having a […]