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SMDR for Mon., August 14, Vol. 17, Issue 17

Lockheed Martin Reveals New Missile Defense Radar

Lockheed Martin [LMT] is set to unveil a new air and missile defense radar demonstrator the week of Aug. 6 that will be the basis of the company’s offering to an expected upcoming Army competition for the future Integrated Air and Missile Defense System radar, the company said Aug. 7.This new radar system, the active electronically…

Navy Conducts Second Successful AMDR Missile Test

The U.S. Navy successfully completed a ballistic missile defense flight test with the AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) off the west coast of Hawaii the week of July 23, the Navy said Aug. 3.The flight test, called Vigilant Titan, started with the launch of a medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) target from the Pacific…

GD Marries Stryker And Avenger For Mobile Short-Range Air Defense

The Army could find the answer to its lack of mobile short-range air defense (SHORAD) in a couple of existing platforms that General Dynamics [GD] Land Systems, with the help of Boeing [BA], have mashed together into a new vehicle.By cutting the back off of a Stryker Infantry Combat Vehicle (ICV) variant and mounting a Boeing-made TWQ-1 Avenger air…

Income Dips, Sales Rise At Orbital ATK In Second Quarter

Orbital ATK [OA] on Aug. 3 posted lower earnings despite higher sales but the company said its tracking at or ahead of plan in 2017, leading it to raise its guidance for 2017.Net income fell 4 percent to $87.1 million, $1.51 earnings per share (EPS), from $90.7 million ($1.55 EPS) in 2016, driven by lower operating…

Air Force’s OCX, FAB-T Programs Face New Delays

Two troubled U.S. Air Force space-related acquisition efforts -- the Global Positioning System (GPS) Next Generation Operational Control System (OCX) and the Family of Advanced Beyond Line of Sight Terminal (FAB-T) – have experienced another round of delays.The Air Force said in a statement late July 31 that it expects OCX Blocks 1 and 2…

Launch Of JPSS-1 Satellite Slips Three Weeks

The launch of the first Joint Polar System Satellite (JPSS-1) has been delayed three weeks, from Sept. 21 to Oct. 12, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).“The date change gives engineers additional time to test a certain type of capacitor, a device that stores an electric charge, used on the spacecraft,” NOAA…

Hyten Argues For Faster Development, More Risk Tolerance

The commander of U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) said the American defense establishment has to move faster under the threat of being outpaced by its adversaries, particularly in the space and missile defense realms.The U.S. is currently being outpaced by its adversaries in defense matters because in recent decades the country has forgotten how to move…

NASA’s Satellite Servicing Program Passes Preliminary Design Review

NASA's Restore-L program, which aims to demonstrate the ability to robotically service satellites in space, has completed its preliminary design review (PDR), according to Space Systems Loral (SSL), which is building the mission’s spacecraft bus.The three-day review, which took place in late July at SSL facilities in Palo Alto, Calif., concluded that the Restore-L design meets system…

Air Force Delays Launching AEHF, SBIRS Satellites

The Air Force is pushing back the launches of two Lockheed Martin [LMT]-built satellites that were supposed to lift off in fall 2017.Each spacecraft – the fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-4) protected-communications satellite and the fourth Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) geosynchronous Earth orbit (GEO Flight-4) missile-warning satellite – is slated to ride on a United Launch Alliance (ULA)…