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Turkey Receives First of Five CH-47 Chinooks on Order

Turkey took delivery of the first of five CH-47 helicopters on Saturday, part of the second batch of Chinooks it is approved to buy from Boeing [BA]. Turkey is a foreign military sales customer for the CH-47F. The country initially ordered six Chinooks with the final delivery in November 2016, according to a Boeing spokesperson. Turkey […]

UTC’s Predikto Acquisition Will Improve F-35 Engine Analytics, Company Says

United Technologies Corp.’s [UTX] recent acquisition of Predikto will provide military maintenance technicians with improvements on their ability to predict when unscheduled events will occur within F-35, F-22, F-16 and eventually KC-46A engines. The acquisition will integrate Predikto’s predictive analytics software across UTC’s entire portfolio, including aftermarket support for in-service military aircraft engines manufactured by subsidiary […]

Mi-17 helicopters operated by the 2nd Wing of the Afghan National Army Air Force take off at Multinational Base Tarin Kowt in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, Feb. 23, 2013. (U.S. Army photo/Released)

US Government Lets Hundreds of Millions In Contracts for Afghanistan Rotorcraft Services

The Defense Department on Aug. 24 let more than a quarter-billion-dollars in helicopter-related contracts, mostly for rotorcraft services in support of the ongoing war in Afghanistan. Columbia Helicopters, based in Aurora, Oregon, was awarded an option year modification by U.S. Transportation Command in the amount of $243 million to a previous service contract to provide […]

Defense Watch

Backup Icebreaker. The National Science Foundation, which manages and funds the U.S. Antarctic Program, is conducting a market survey for potential long-term backup or on-call icebreaking services that could be used for the resupply of its McMurdo Station, pointing out that the vessel it currently relies on for icebreaking, the U.S. Coast Guard’s Polar Star, […]

Next-gen Nuke Missiles Sail Through Senate

The Senate on Thursday approved a 2019 Pentagon spending bill that provided a small boost for development of a next-generation, nuclear-tipped air-launched cruise missile, and met the White House’s funding request for development of the next nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile. While the Senate approved less funding for both efforts than did the House, the big-ticket […]

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NNSA Takeover of Savannah River Would Be ‘Logical,’ Eventually, DoE Official Says

It would be “logical” for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to take over as landlord of the Savannah River Site in Aiken, S.C., “at some point,” the site’s top federal manager told attendees of a local group’s breakfast meeting Wednesday. Savannah River Site Manager Michael Budney’s remarks before the Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness […]

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), a longtime House Armed Services Committee member, was indicted Tuesday on corruption charges. Photo: Duncan Hunter

Indictment of HASC Member Hunter Could Affect Supported Defense Efforts

The indictment Tuesday of longtime House Armed Services Committee (HASC) member Rep. Duncan D. Hunter (R-Calif.) raises questions for how his championed U.S. military projects will be affected should he be convicted and forced to give up his seat. Duncan, a Marine Corps combat veteran who is running for re-election this November in California’s 50th […]

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BVLOS Commercial Drone Flights Launch at Grand Sky

Grand Sky Drone Park at Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota kicked off the country’s first approved beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) large commercial unmanned aircraft system (UAS) flight operations Monday. To mark the occasion, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson was present in addition to North Dakota politicians and representatives from partners General Atomics, Harris [HRS] […]

Business Opportunities

TSA to Host Industry Day for Innovation Task Force BAA The Transportation Security Administration Innovation Task Force will hold an Industry Day on Sept. 6 to discuss its 2018 Broad Agency Announcement (BAA), which is seeking potential solutions in a number of areas, including alarm resolution, identify verification, automated security design, and more. The event […]

Contract Awards

TSA Awards K4 Solutions $8M for Continued Support of Contact Center The Transportation Security Administration has awarded K4 Solutions, Inc., a potential $7.8 million bridge contract for continued operation and maintenance of the agency’s primary incoming portal for receiving inquiries from employees, the public, industry, and other government organizations. The TSA Contact Center responds to […]