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Defense Daily, Monday, August 21, 2017, Vol. 275, Issue 35

Defense Watch

FlightWave Drone. FlightWave Aerospace Systems, a California-based startup, has introduced the Edge, a small, tri-copter, fixed-wing unmanned aircraft that takes off vertically like a helicopter and flies horizontally like a plane. FlightWave says the aircraft has an endurance of more than two hours and is rugged enough to fly in rain or strong wind. The…

Air Force Readies ORS-5 Space-Tracking Satellite For Aug. 25 Launch

The U.S. Air Force’s Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) office has completed a flight readiness review for the ORS-5 space-tracking satellite, keeping the mission on track for an Aug. 25 launch, the service announced Aug. 18.Built by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Lincoln Laboratory, ORS-5 is slated to lift off on an Orbital ATK [OA] Minotaur…

Trophy APS Adds Weight To Abrams While Shielding Tank From More Threats

Mounting the Trophy active protection system (APS) on an M1 Abrams results in a net increase in weight of about half a ton to the already 73-ton tank, but achieves a vehicle survivability level that only an unacceptably heavy amount of traditional armor could provide.With Trophy installed “you are protected against a broader range of…

Trump Elevates U.S. Cyber Command, Streamlining Cyber Operations

President Donald Trump on Friday elevated that status of U.S. Cyber Command in move he said would improve responses to cyber security threats and position better position it for resourcing.The transition of U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) from a sub-unified combatant command under U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) to a separate unified combatant command was expected and…

Navy Conducts First LRASM Free Flight

The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin [LMT] conducted the first free flight launch of the company’s Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) from an Air Force B-1B Lancer bomber on Aug. 17 during a test over Point Mugu Sea Range, Calif., the service said Friday.This was the first end-to-end functionality test of the LRASM, testing the…

Japan Plans To Expand Missile Defense Systems, Includes Aegis Ashore

The Japanese government plans to increase its missile defense systems, the Japanese Defense Minister said Thursday at a joint press availability with Japanese and U.S. government officials.Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, through an interpreter, said his government “will continue to promote cooperation in ballistic missile defense, including acquisition of new assets, and enhanced capability in…

First DARPA Test Of Elevated Sensor Mast On Commissioned Ship

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency recently demonstrated the prototype of an elevated sensor aboard a commissioned U.S. Navy vessel for the first time, the agency said last Monday.The Towed Airborne Lift of Naval Systems (TALONS) is an effort to demonstrate a low-cost, elevated sensor mast. TALONS is part of DARPA’s Phase 1 research for…

HEICO To Acquire Antenna Developer AeroAntenna

Electronic component and product developer and manufacturer HEICO Corp. [HEI] on Friday announced its largest acquisition, a $336.5 million cash deal for AeroAntenna Technology Inc. (AAT) that would give the company a new product line.The cash price includes a $20 million earn out provision if the company meets its earnings targets. The deal price also…