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State Department, DoD Launch $40 Million Initiative For Countering Foreign Election Interference

The State Department and Department of Defense have announced a new $40 million initiative to improve offensive responses or countering disinformation campaigns ahead of anticipated Russian interference in the 2018 midterm elections. DoD will transfer funds to the State Department’s Global Engagement Center (GEC) to work on building capabilities to deter election interference and fund […]

Lockheed Martin Wins BAE Subcontract To Supply VLS To UK’s New Type 26 Frigates

BAE Systems awarded Lockheed Martin [LMT] a contract for an undisclosed sum to supply the MK 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS) for the UK Royal Navy’s new Type 26 frigates. BAE is the prime contractor for Britain’s new Type 26 Global Combat Ship (GCS) frigates. The VLS is capable of launching anti-air, anti-submarine, surface-to-surface, and strike-length missiles. BAE […]

Canada Reveals Eligible Suppliers For F-18 Replacement Fighters

The Canadian government on Feb. 22 released the five eligible suppliers that will be allowed to submit proposals to replace the government’s aging CF-18 fighter fleet. The government’s Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) listed Airbus Defense and Space with the UK, Boeing [BA], France’s Dassault, Lockheed Martin [LMT] and Sweden’s Saab. Suppliers were named by aircraft manufacturers and foreign government partners invited […]

Sikorsky Protests Air Force’s Huey Replacement Program

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin [LMT] company, has filed a pre-contract-award protest with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) over the Air Force’s UH-1N Huey replacement program, saying the service expects the winning bidder to hand over too much intellectual property. Based on discussions with the Air Force, Sikorsky said Feb. 14 that it is concerned about “overreaching” requirements […]

Leonardo Drops Lakota Lawsuit, Clearing Way For Airbus Army Sale

Following a loss in court on a related case and a scathing rebuke from a competing aircraft manufacturer, Leonardo Helicopters has decided to withdraw a lawsuit challenging the Army’s purchase of Airbus UH-72 Lakota helicopters in fiscal 2017. “In light of the Appellate Court ruling, Leonardo Helicopters has decided to discontinue any further legal action regarding the sole-source award […]

State Department Approves $1.2 Billion Apache Upgrade Deal With Netherlands

The State Department has approved three foreign military sales (FMS), including a $1.2 billion deal with the Netherlands for support to upgrade 28 AH-64D Block II Apache Attack Helicopters to the AH-64E configuration. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of the proposed FMS on Feb. 20, which includes requests for 51 new engines, seventeen […]

Bell Drops ‘Helicopter’ From Name In Rebranding Effort

Bell Helicopter is rolling out a new rebrand campaign, dropping the “helicopter” from its name as it looks to broaden its flight innovation opportunities. The aircraft manufacturer Bell will continue the roll-out over the next year, which includes a new logo and a mission statement to broaden its business portfolio. “Bell has always been about […]

MDA Budget Request Increases $2 Billion From Last Year

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is requesting $9.9 billion in the FY ’19 budget request, which is an increase of about $2 billion over the FY ’18 request. An MDA official confirmed this request continues missile defense acceleration that began in the 2017 Above Threshold Reprogramming (ATR) and the FY ‘18 Missile Defeat and Defense […]

U.S. and Israel Complete Flight Test Of Arrow-3 Missile Defense System

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) successfully completed a flight test of the Arrow-3 missile defense system Feb. 19, the agency said Feb. 19. Arrow-3 is designed to intercept ballistic missiles outside the atmosphere. The test had an Arrow-3 interceptor launched “and completed its mission” in central Israel. The […]