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Defense Daily, Wednesday, August 23, 2017, Vol. 275, Issue 37

Aerojet, Orbital Join Northrop Grumman’s GBSD Team

Aerojet Rocketdyne [AJRD] and Orbital ATK [OA] both announced late Aug. 21 that they have joined the Northrop Grumman [NOC] team that will compete against Boeing [BA] to develop the U.S. Air Force’s Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD).Northrop Grumman spokesman Tim Paynter said that “both Aerojet Rocketdyne and Orbital ATK are providing propulsion solutions.” While…

Airbus Delivers 400th Lakota Utility Chopper On Time And Under Budget

Next week Airbus Helicopters will deliver the Army its 400th UH-72 Lakota light utility helicopter (LUH), another milestone for a program that has consistently run on-time and under-budget for a decade. The official handover will occur Aug. 29 at Fort Rucker, Ala., where the Army trains its helicopter aviators.The UH-72 serves as the light utility helicopter…

Newest Navy LPD Completes Acceptance Trials

The Huntington Ingalls Industries [HII] Ingalls Shipbuilding-built latest Amphibious Transport Dock, the future USS Portland (LPD-27), completed acceptance trials on Aug 18, the Navy and company announced Monday.Acceptance trials are conducted with the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) to demonstrate the ship’s readiness for delivery. This comprised a set of over 200 underway…

HII Finishes DDG-61 Overhaul And Redelivers Back To The Navy

Huntington Ingalls Industries [HII] Ingalls Shipbuilding division redelivered the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Ramage (DDG-61) to the Navy on Monday after completing nine months of overhaul and modernization work.The overhaul and modification work, conducted at HII’s Pascagoula, Miss. facility, included procurement of materials, ship alterations, and repairs. HII highlighted the ship was redelivered…

NASA’s Newest Orion Crew Capsule Powered Up For First Time

The Orion crew capsule that will be the first to fly aboard NASA’s new Space Launch System (SLS) heavy-lift rocket has been powered up for the first time, Orion prime contractor Lockheed Martin [LMT] announced Aug. 22.The event, which took place Aug. 11 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, “was the first time the…

Top Three Fitzgerald Commanders Relieved Of Duty

The U.S. Navy relieved of duty the top three officers of the USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) last Thursday months after the ship collided with a merchant vessel near Japan (Defense Daily, June 19).DDG-62’s commanding officer Cmdr. Bryce Benson, executive officer Cmdr. Sean Babbitt, and command master chief Master Chief Petty Officer Brice Baldwin were relieved by…

DoD Plans More Emergency Response Prototyping Hackathons

The Department of Defense’s innovation partnership unit, MD5, is building on its successful disaster relief capabilities event with two more events scheduled for early 2018 designed to bring together field experts and budding entrepreneurs to work on emergency solutions needed in complex environments.The DoD’s MD5 National Security Technology Accelerator wrapped up its emergency response prototyping…

UK Awards Northrop Grumman Extension For Identity Services Contract

Northrop Grumman [NOC] has received a two-year extension on an existing contract with the United Kingdom Home Office to continue providing services, systems operations and maintenance for a forensic and biometric program used by law enforcement.The value of the extension to the Forensic and Biometric Interim Capability (FABrIC) wasn’t disclosed. Northrop Grumman in 2015 won…

DHS Officials Say Select Border Fencing Has Helped In The Past

Physical barriers that have been erected in the past 10 years along select stretches of the United States’ border with Mexico have helped stem the flow of illegal activity, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials said on Tuesday ahead of a visit by President Donald Trump to the border in Arizona.In the Yuma, Ariz., sector…