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Defense Daily, Tuesday, August 22, 2017, Vol. 275, Issue 36

Boeing, Northrop Win Air Force Contracts For New ICBM

Boeing [BA] and Northrop Grumman [NOC] have edged out Lockheed Martin [LMT] for contracts to mature designs for the Ground-based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD), the replacement for the Air Force’s aging, nuclear-armed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the service announced late Aug. 21."We are moving forward with modernization of the ground-based leg of the nuclear…

Richardson Orders Operational Pause In Navy Amid Second DDG Collison In Three Months

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson on Monday ordered an operational pause in all U.S. fleets around the world following the second collision between an Aegis Arleigh Burke-class destroyer and a civilian ship within three months.Richardson said in a statement that between these collisions and a series of incidents in the Pacific theater,…

State Dept. Approves Possible $1.3 Billion Rocket Systems Deal With Romania

The State Department has approved a possible $1.3 billion deal to deliver High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) to Romania meant to boost that nation’s homeland defense efforts. Lockheed Martin [LMT] would serve as the prime contractor for the deal which was notified to Congress on Aug. 17.Under the deal, the Romanian government would acquire…

HASC Announces New Republican Staff Director

Jen Stewart, a Pentagon insider and former congressional aide, will return to Capitol Hill to become Republican staff director of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), the GOP-led panel announced Aug. 21.Stewart will replace longtime director Bob Simmons, who left in the spring to join the private sector (Defense Daily, May 1). Jenness Simler, who has…

LCS-9 Finishes Builder’s Trials

The Lockheed Martin [LMT]-built Littoral Combat Ship Little Rock (LCS-9) successfully completed builder’s trials last week, a milestone is preparing the fifth Freedom-variant LCS for acceptance trials within weeks, the company said Monday.The builder’s trials included company sea trails held in Lake Michigan designed to test how the ship performs under different operating conditions. The…

General Atomics’ MQ-9B Remotely Piloted Aircraft Completes FAA-Approved Flight

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) is one step closer to receiving full certification to deploy its MQ-9B Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) for NATO use after successfully completing a flight last week through various classes of non-restricted airspace.The MQ-9B SkyGuardian completed the 275-mile trip from the Laguna Army Airfield in Yuma Proving Grounds, Ariz., to…

Air Force Lab Tapping Six Firms For Aerospace Vehicle Research

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is in the midst of awarding contracts to six companies to develop cutting-edge aerospace vehicles.The lab has already announced three recipients this month: Aurora Flight Sciences, Lockheed Martin [LMT] and Northrop Grumman [NOC]. The companies will “conduct research to develop, demonstrate, integrate and transition new aerospace vehicle technologies…

Wreckage Of Famed WWII Cruiser Indianapolis Found Three Miles Under Pacific

More than 70 years after a Japanese submarine slammed two torpedoes into her side and sent the USS Indianapolis to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, the ship’s wreckage was found by a civilian research team.On the night of June 29, 1945, coming back from the island of Tinian to Leyte in the Philippines, having…