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Harris, L3 Chiefs Don't See Roadblocks To Closing Deal

With just a “fraction” of their respective businesses overlapping, the corporate chiefs behind the largest defense merger ever don’t expect any major regulatory hurdles in combining Harris Corp. [HRS] and L3 Technologies [LLL] into a $16 billion-plus sixth prime contractor on schedule in mid-2019.“We do believe our businesses are complementary and we’ll go through a…

Air Force Officials: Extent of Damage to F-22s at Tyndall Still Unknown

The Air Force continues to assess the potential damage to multiple F-22 Raptor fighter jets inflicted last week by Hurricane Michael at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida.It remains to be seen exactly how many aircraft were impacted and the extent of the damage, Air Force officials said Oct. 14. Air Force leadership declined to provide…

TSA Issues Biometric Roadmap To Enhance Security, Improve Traveler Experience

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on Monday issued its first roadmap for the adoption of biometric technologies to strengthen aviation security while improving the passenger experience at airports and, like its sister agency Customs and Border Protection (CBP), it plans to focus on facial recognition technology.The roadmap puts forth four goals for the biometric vision,…

Majority of F-35 Aircraft Cleared For Flight After Fuel Tube Tests

Less than a week after the Pentagon’s entire fleet of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters was temporarily grounded to investigate a suspect fuel tube, the majority of the aircraft are back to flight-ready status, officials said Oct. 15.More than 80 percent of domestic and internationally based F-35s have been cleared and returned to flight operations, said…

Army Testing Honeywell’s Virtual Imaging Technology On Bradleys, Potential Interest For NGCV

Honeywell [HON] officials said the Army will continue testing its advanced helmet visioning system to create a virtual line of sight on Bradley fighting vehicles, with potential interest in integrating the system as a component on its next-generation combat vehicle (NGCV).Gerhard Schroter, senior business development manager for Honeywell Aerospace, told Defense Daily at last week’s…

Guard Response Limited By Number of Aviation Assets, Lengyel Says

In discussing the National Guard Bureau's response to Hurricane Michael last week, Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel, chief of the National Guard Bureau, said that the Guard needs more aviation assets, particularly Boeing [BA] CH-47 Chinooks, for on-call response to contingencies, including national disasters."Aviation is almost always a limiting factor," Lengyel told the Defense Writers…

Department of Energy Starts Process to Turn Plutonium Disposal Plant Into Weapon Factory

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) last week notified MOX Services that the agency will terminate the company’s contract to build a long-delayed plutonium disposal plant at the Savannah River Site in Aiken, S.C.The semiautonomous Department of Energy agency sent the letter one day after a federal appeals court lifted a lower court’s injunction against halting construction…