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DDI for Fri. August 4, 2017, Vol. 19, Issue 30.

Navy Awards Lockheed Martin $3.7 Billion In Additional F-35 LRIP Aircraft

The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command awarded Lockheed Martin [LMT] a $3.7 billion modification to a previously awarded Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Lot 11 F-35 advance acquisition contract for additional aircraft, the Defense Department said July 28.This undefinitized not-to-exceed modification provides for the procurement of 50 aircraft for non-DoD participants and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. This…

Half-billion Dollars Fails To Establish Afghan Intelligence Capability

Nearly half a billion dollars was spent developing a domestic intelligence capability for Afghanistan and the government has no way to know if the investment has paid off, according to the watchdog overseeing U.S. spending to rebuild the southeast Asian nation.The Defense Department has spent $457.7 million on two programs – Legacy Afghanistan and the…

Qatar Closes $6 Billion Seven Ship Deal With Italy

Qatar announced the conclusion of a nearly $6 billion deal with Italy to buy seven naval vessels during a visit by the Italian foreign minister in Doha, Qatar.During a joint press conference on August 2 between both countries’ foreign ministers, Qatar Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said this deal is within a larger…

MDA Successfully Tests THAAD Against MRBM, South Korea To Install Remaining THAAD Launchers

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency conducted the 15th successful Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system intercept test, this time against a medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) target, the agency said July 30.Sister publication Defense Daily first reported this test on July 24 after the Coast Guard posted a notice to mariners about an upcoming rocket launch…

Navy Awards Lockheed Martin Hundreds Of Millions of Dollars In F-35 Support Equipment And Services

The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) awarded Lockheed Martin [LMT] a $211 million modification to a previously awarded contract for the procurement of production non-recurring special tooling and special test equipment for F-35 aircraft, the Department of Defense said on July 31.This comes after the Navy awarded the company a $3.7 billion modification to the Low Rate…

House Committee Calls On Federal Agencies For All Documents On Kaspersky

A House committee is cracking down on the use of anti-virus software supplied by Russian cyber security firm Kaspersky Labs, with a letter sent out to 22 agencies calling for all information regarding any possible use of the company’s products, which is expected of potential ties to the KremlinHouse Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar…

First U.S. Public Cyber Security Training Facility Opens In Baltimore

A first-of-its-kind public cyber security training facility, the Baltimore Cyber Range, operated by security firm Cyberbit and designed to simulate large-scale virtual networks and replicate attacks opened on August 3.Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, and representatives from a consortium consisting of Cyberbit and its Israeli-based parent company Elbit Systems [ESLT], and Electronic Technology Associates (ETA) were…

State Dept. OK’s Sale of A-29 Aircraft To Nigeria

The U.S. State Department has approved the possible sale of 12 Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) A-29 Super Tucano turboprop aircraft to Nigeria to counter terrorist groups and drug traffickers, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced Aug. 3.The deal, including weapons, training, spare parts and support equipment, would have a total value of $593 million, DSCA said.…