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Airbus, Hungary Tie Up as Hungary Boosts Defense Spending

Airbus Helicopters will produce high-precision mechanical parts in Hungary under the terms of a new, long-term partnership. That production is the first example of cooperation under a Memorandum of Understanding announced Monday between Airbus Helicopters and Hungary as part of the country’s “Zrinyi 2026” defense development program. Under the program started last year, Hungary has […]

Alexander, Top Senate Appropriator for Civilian Nuke-Weapon Agency, to Retire

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), who this year secured full construction funding for a crucial defense-uranium plant in his home state, on Monday announced he will leave the Senate after 2020. Alexander chairs the crucial Senate Appropriations energy and water subcommittee, in which capacity he is the gatekeeper for upper chamber funding of the Department of […]

Defense Watch: Kyl Exit, Inhofe Stock, New LMT CFO, FLOTUS V-22

Kyl Leaving Senate in 2019. Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) will leave the Senate at the end of 2018, according to a Dec. 12 letter to Arizona Governor Doug Ducey. Kyl, who was nominated to the state’s junior Senator seat following the August death of Sen. John McCain, never intended to fill in for the remainder […]

German Military Orders Seven H145Ms for Search and Rescue

The German armed forces, or Bundeswehr, has ordered seven Airbus H145M search-and-rescue (SAR) helicopters to replace its “obsolete” SAR fleet of Bell [TXT] UH-1Ds, which entered service in the 1970s, Airbus said  Dec. 13. Airbus, which is to be responsible for logistics support, repair, and maintenance of the H145s, is to deliver the rotorcraft in […]

Defiant First Flight Delayed Until Early 2019

First flight of the SB-1 Defiant compound helicopter prototype has been pushed to 2019, officials from program partners Boeing [BA] and Lockheed Martin [LMT] announced Dec. 12. Sikorsky, which developed the underlying X2 technologies on which the Defiant is based, has long publicized 2018 as the year the Black Hawk-sized Defiant would first leave the […]

Business Opportunities

DHS CWMD Office Issues RFI for Support Services The Department of Homeland Security Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Office has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to industry for administrative, programmatic, systems engineering, research analysis, and scientific support services to facilitate the acquisition of radiological, nuclear, chemical and biological detection systems. Respond by Dec. […]

Contract Awards

MCR Federal on $48M DHS Cost Analysis Services Contract MCR Federal, LLC, says it has won a spot on the Department of Homeland Security Cost Analysis Division’s Specialized Cost Services Blanket Purchase Agreement that has a shared ceiling value of $48 million over five years. MCR will provide cost estimation and analysis services across the […]

Tech Developments

Australian Airport Evaluating Smiths Detection’s CT Checkpoint Scanner Smiths Detection says that Melbourne Airport in Australia is evaluating the company’s computed tomography (CT)-based checkpoint screening system, along with new automated screening lanes and a software platform that networks the lanes. For the trial, Smiths is supplying its HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX scanner, iLane.evo automated screening lane […]

FAA Plans Proposed Rulemaking for Remote Drone Identification

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) next spring plans to issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) related to remote identification of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operating around airports and the national airspace to help law enforcement and other authorities rapidly identify potentially wayward drones and their operators, an agency official says. The “intent” of the […]

TSA Eyeing 2020 to Begin Operationalizing Biometrics at Airport Checkpoints

The Transportation Security Administration in 2019 plans to further expand evaluations of facial recognition technology used to help identify select travelers at airport security checkpoints with a goal to begin operationalizing the biometric technology beginning in 2020, according to an agency official. This year TSA, in partnership with Customs and Border Protection, began pilot tests […]