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Defense Daily, Friday, September 1, 2017, Vol. 275, Issue 44

AM General Adds $2 Billion To Already Lucrative International Humvee Sales

The international market for wheeled tactical trucks has once again rewarded AM General, this time with $2.2 billion deal to sell thousands of Humvees to allies and partners around the world.Announced Aug. 29, the deal adds another major win to a litany of Humvee sales the company has racked up since the U.S. Army turned…

Air Force Lifts F-35A Altitude Limit At Luke AFB

The U.S. Air Force has lifted a temporary altitude restriction that required Lockheed Martin [LMT] F-35A Lightning IIs at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona to fly below 25,000 feet.The altitude limit, which ended Aug. 30, was imposed at the training base June 20 after five pilots experienced oxygen deprivation-like symptoms above 25,000 feet in…

White House Technology Council Focuses On Industry Partnerships In First IT Modernization Report

The White House’s American Technology Council (ATC) published its federal information technology (IT) modernization report Wednesday detailing a new risk-based approach to IT implementation and cyber security policy with a larger focus on commercial partners.The Trump administration’s technology council has released its first report, and is proposing the president implement two year-long plans to upgrade…

F-35B Flies In Show-Of-Force Mission Over Korean Peninsula

Participating for the first time in exercises with South Korea and Japan, the Marine Corps F-35B Joint Strike Fighters flew in a show-of-force flyover in direct response to North Korea’s recent provocative missile launch.On Aug. 30, the short-takeoff and vertical-landing version of the jet flew as part of a “sequenced bilateral mission” with other aircraft…

Air Force’s X-37B Spaceplane To Launch Next Week

The U.S. Air Force's Rapid Capabilities Office is making final preparations to launch the fifth mission of the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) on Sept. 7, the service said Aug. 31.The Boeing [BA]-built unmanned reusable spaceplane, which will lift off on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, will host…

Navy Ships To Support Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort

The commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command ordered the amphibious assault ship the USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) and dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD-51) to get underway from their Virginia homeports to support post-Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, the Navy said Wednesday.Adm. Phil Davidson said the ships were set to leave from their homeports in Norfolk,…

State Department Approves Upgrade Program For Australian MH-60R Aircraft

The State Department on Thursday said it has approved a potential 10-year $360 million upgrade program for 24 Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk helicopters used by Australia’s navy mainly for anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare missions.The aircraft were delivered between 2013 and 2016 as part of a $3 billion Foreign Military Sale (FMS).The follow-on FMS contract would be…

Lockheed Wins Two Submarine Contracts Worth $101 Million Total

The U.S. Navy awarded Lockheed Martin [LMT] $101 million combined in two contract actions for previously awarded contracts in support of submarine systems, according to Wednesday Defense Department announcements.The company won a firm-fixed-price undefinitized contract action (UCA) modification for up to $71 million as part of a previously awarded contract for electronic warfare equipment in support…