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SMDR for Mon., November 6 Vol. 17, Issue 23

MDA Awards Raytheon $1.5 Billion To Support AN/TPY-2 and SBX Radars

The Missile Defense Agency awarded Raytheon [RTN] a $1.5 billion indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity follow-on contract to support the Army Navy Transportable Radar Surveillance Model 2 (AN/TPY-2) and Sea-Based X-Band (SBX) radars, the Defense Department said Oct. 27.The AN/TPY-2, built by Raytheon, is used for Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense systems to detect, classify, and…

Air Force Space And Missile Systems Center Eyes Faster Acquisition

The U.S. Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) is engaged in a multi-pronged effort to speed up its acquisition of satellites and other equipment, the center’s leader said Nov. 2.One step involves giving leaders of SMC’s directorates more responsibility for the smaller programs they manage, said Lt. Gen. John Thompson, who became the…

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 Oct. 25 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) in 2016, beating consensus estimates by six cents a share.…

Foreign Minister: South Korea Not Considering Additional THAADs

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said Oct. 30 that the administration of President Moon Jae-in is not considering additional deployments of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system, according to Korean press reports.Kang disclosed this policy decision in a statement to the legislature during a parliamentary audit of the ministry. This included…

MDA Awards $10 Million Contract Mod To MTSI For Improved Missile Defense Modeling Tools

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) awarded Modern Technology Solutions Inc. (MTSI) a $10 million modification Oct. 23 to increase a contract ceiling under an effort to develop models of new interceptor and sensor concepts for missile defense development.The modification raises the value of a 2014 contract to almost $35.5 million. The work aims to develop new interceptor…

Rep. Bridenstine Pledges To Pursue ‘Consensus Agenda’ At NASA

Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.), President Donald Trump’s nominee to be NASA administrator, pledged Nov. 1 to be a nonpartisan leader of the space agency despite concerns among Senate Democrats about putting a politician in the job.“We need a consensus agenda,” Bridenstine testified at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. “I…

Air Force ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ About New GPS Ground System

The U.S. Air Force’s troubled Global Positioning System (GPS) Next Generation Operational Control System (OCX) has made progress in its development recently, but the ground-control system still has major hurdles to overcome to become fully capable, according to a key general.The progress was highlighted by the Nov. 2 announcement that the Air Force has accepted…