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Defense Daily, Tuesday, September 5, 2017, Vol. 275, Issue 45

Defense Watch

Congress Returns. After a month-long recess, lawmakers will return to Capitol Hill Sept. 5 facing a host of unfinished business, including the fiscal year 2018 defense authorization and appropriations bills and an overall budget agreement for FY 2018, which begins Oct. 1. The full Senate is expected to take up its version of the defense…

Lockheed Martin Receives CH-53K Low-Rate Production Award

The Marine Corps on Thursday awarded Lockheed Martin [LMT] a $304 million low-rate initial production (LRIP) contract for two CH-53K helicopters, another milestone in the $27 billion program for the service’s new heavy lift aircraft.The Pentagon in April approved the Navy’s request to move into the production and deployment phase for the CH-53K King Stallion…

NASA Tests New Rocket's Engine Controller

NASA has completed a series of five hot-fire tests with the engine controller for the new Space Launch System (SLS) heavy-lift rocket, the agency announced Aug. 31.The testing, which began in March, wrapped up Aug. 30 with a 500-second firing of an RS-25 engine and its flight controller on a test stand at NASA’s Stennis…

Raytheon Nabs $614 Million Modification For 17 SM-3 Block IIAs, Decreasing Contract Value

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) awarded Raytheon [RTN] a $614 million modification to produce 17 Standard Missile (SM)-3 Block IIA missiles and other associated work, reducing the overall contract overall value.The Aug. 28 modification directed Raytheon to build  the missiles, perform production support and engineering efforts, obsolescence monitoring, technical baseline engineering support, quality assurance and…