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Defense Daily, Friday, October 27, 2017, Vol. 276, Issue 20

F-35 Sustainment Woes Hurting Readiness, GAO Says

The U.S. Department of Defense’s new fleet of F-35 Lightning IIs is experiencing spare parts shortages and other sustainment problems that are hurting the readiness of the fighter jets, according to a report released Oct. 26 by the Government Accountability Office (GAO)."Squadron officials at multiple F-35 locations that we visited expressed enthusiasm for the unique capabilities…

Marine Corps' Next High-Speed Ship-To-Shore Connector Could Be Unmanned

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – When Marines next storm a beach in wartime, they likely will be preceded by robots of all sorts, including autonomous or semi-autonomous high-speed amphibious vehicles, according to a senior Marine Corps official.Robotics and autonomy may even be the answer to the Marine Corps’ lengthy but fruitless search for an amphibious vehicle that…

Raytheon Posts Solid Third Quarter Results On Missile, Radar Programs

Led by strong results in its businesses that produce missile and sensor systems, Raytheon [RTN] on Wednesday reported solid third quarter financial results with earnings and sales both higher.Net income increased 5 percent to $572 million, $1.97 earnings per share (EPS), from $544 million ($1.84 EPS) a year ago, beating consensus estimates by six cents…

L3's Earnings Dive On Charge Related To Contract Loss; Will Divest Vertex Business

As expected, L3 Technologies [LLL] on Thursday posted lower net income in the third quarter stemming from a charge at one of its operating units that lost a recompete of an Army aviation support contract, but the company posted a solid increase in sales and strong bookings.L3 is currently protesting the loss of the aviation…

GD Knifefish Unmanned Undersea Vessel Finishes Contractor Trials

General Dyanimcs [GD] completed contractor trials for the U.S. Navy’s Knifefish mine countermeasure (MCM) unmanned undersea vessel (UUV), the company said Thursday.In tests managed by GD off the coast of Boston, the Knifefish operated in multiple mine test target fields at-sea, which used buried, bottom, and volume style Navy mine-test targets. GD said the vessel…

U.S. Buys Six More A-29 Light-Attack Planes For Afghanistan

The Afghan Air Force, which has 20 A-29 Super Tucano light-attack planes, will receive six more through a recently announced U.S. Air Force purchase.“The order of these six A-29s is part of the Afghan Air Force modernization plan that is a [U.S. secretary of defense]-approved initiative to grow the Afghan Air Force into a sustainable…

New Defense Information Sharing Center Announces Official Formation

The new National Defense Information Sharing and Analysis Center (NDISAC) is aiming to address cyber threat analysis and data sharing challenges among the defense industry following its official formation Wednesday. After merging with the Defense Industrial Base Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (DIB-ISAO) in September, and taking on that organization’s cyber threat center, NDISAC is…

Lockheed Martin And Navantia Renew Surface Vessel Collaboration In MoA

Lockheed Martin [LMT] and Spain’s Navantia signed a memorandum of Agreement (MoA) renewing their partnership supplying surface vessels, Lockheed said Thursday.The companies first started to collaborate 20 years ago by building and delivering the Aegis Combat System to Spain in the F-100 frigate. Lockheed highlighted the F-100 was the first frigate to incorporate Aegis in…

Despite Email Glitch, GAO Denies ManTech Protest For Air Force Proposal

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has denied ManTech International Corp.’s [MANT] protest for a potential $98 million Air Force contract after an email glitch caused its proposal to miss the required deadline. ManTech will no longer be considered for a contract to assess National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency cloud migration efforts after emails containing the company’s proposal…