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SMDR for Mon., October 23 Vol. 17, Issue 22

Lockheed Martin Wins Contract For Patriot Radar Replacement Prototype

A Defense Department group awarded Lockheed Martin [LMT] a contract for the technology maturation of a Patriot Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor (LTAMDS) prototype, the company said Oct. 19.The DoD’s Ordnance Technology Consortium (DOTC) is commissioned by the under secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (AT&L), and is a department initiative to smooth…

NASA Taps SpaceX, ULA To Launch Two Satellites

NASA has picked SpaceX to launch the Sentinel-6A ocean-observing satellite and United Launch Alliance (ULA) to launch the Landsat-9 Earth-imaging satellite, the agency announced Oct. 19.Landsat-9 is slated to lift off as early as December 2020 on an Atlas 5 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. ULA is a joint venture between Boeing [BA] and Lockheed Martin [LMT] The launch is…

Leonardo Scores Production Contract For MRAP-Based Counter-Drone System

The Army has awarded Leonardo DRS a contract to fulfill an urgent operational need to protect soldiers from enemy unmanned aerial systems (UAS).The $42 million contract for counter-UAS capability is a follow-on to a previous contract under which DRS and Moog [MOG.A, MOG.B]] built prototypes of a two-vehicle anti-drone defense system. The previous $16 million contract was…

DoD, Congress In ‘Dialogue’ On Proposed Space Corps

Prompted by a controversial House-passed proposal to create a space corps in the Air Force Department, the Department of Defense has begun a “very good dialogue” with Congress on how military space activities should be organized, according to Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord.“I think what we’re doing right now is having a very healthy debate…

Bigelow, ULA Aim To Place Inflatable Space Habitat Near Moon

Less than two weeks after Vice President Mike Pence indicated that the Trump administration plans to send astronauts to the Moon, Bigelow Aerospace and United Launch Alliance (ULA) announced Oct. 17 that they hope to deploy an inflatable space habitat in about five years to support such lunar exploration.The two companies said that they want to launch a Bigelow…

U.S. Navy And NATO Forces Conduct Air And Missile Defense Exercises Off Scotland

U.S. and NATO forces conducted a live-fire integrated air and missile defense (IAMD) exercise involving a ballistic missile and three anti-ship cruise missile targets during the Formidable Shield 2017 (FS17) exercise on Oct. 15.During a collective self-defense scenario, the USS Donald Cook (DDG-75) Arleigh Burke-class Aegis guided-missile destroyer successfully detected, tracked, and intercepted a medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM)…