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Defense Daily, Tuesday, November 7, 2017, Vol. 276, Issue 27

Administration Asks Congress for Billions More To Fund Extra Missile Defense, Ship Repairs, And Troops

The Trump administration sent Congress a set of Defense Department Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget amendments on Monday to increase funding for missile defense, repair damaged Navy ships, and increase Afghanistan troop levels.The letter introducing the request covers about $4 billion in additional efforts to defend against the threat of North Korean missiles through “enhancements”…

Army Plans To Buy A Dozen Light Tank Prototypes From Two Industry Teams

The Army is about a week away from issuing a request for proposals (RFP) for its new light tank that will accompany infantry brigades into combat and eventually will buy 12 prototypes from two companies whose vehicles will compete for a production contract.Nov. 17 is the target date to publish the official RFP for the…

Lockheed Begins Delivering F-35 Simulators To U.S. Allies

F-35 prime contractor Lockheed Martin [LMT] has begun delivering full-mission simulators for the fighter jet to foreign customers, the company announced Nov. 6.The Israeli, Italian, Japanese and Norwegian air forces have become the first international recipients of the pilot-training system, which features a virtual cockpit in a 360-degree dome, Lockheed Martin said. The simulator is…

Israeli Private Equity Firm To Acquire Majority Stake In IAI Satellite Business

Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) on Monday said that it has agreed to have the private equity firm FIMI invest $40 million in its satellite imagery services business, ImageSat International (ISI), in exchange for 54 percent stake in the business.Terms of the deal include ISI buying the new EROS C observation satellite from IAI, and for…

Air Force Taps Lockheed To Develop Laser Demonstrator For Fighter Jet

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has awarded Lockheed Martin [LMT] a $26.3 million contract to design and build a high-power laser demonstrator that could be tested on a fighter jet by 2021, the company announced Nov. 6.AFRL received six bids to provide the fiber laser, named the Laser Advancements for Next-generation Compact Environments…

DISA Focused On Analytics, Software-Based Solutions For Future Procurement Projects

The Department of Defense’s technology agency is focused on acquiring support services for its Joint Regional Security Stacks (JRSS) network protection system and updated cyber analytics capabilities as it sets its procurement priorities for fiscal year 2018 and beyond.Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) held its Forecast to Industry event Monday and pushed for greater partnerships…

Expeditionary Transport Finishes Acceptance Trials

The ninth Austal USA-built Expeditionary Fast Transport vessel, the USNS City of Bismark (EPF-9), finished acceptance trials in October, the company said last Friday.The trials included “intense comprehensive tests” in the Gulf of Mexico by the Austal-led team while the ship was underway, demonstrating the successful operation of the ship’s major systems and equipment.The trials…

DHS Has Cyber Threat Sharing Structures In Place But Enhancements Needed, IG Says

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has met the requirements of a two-year old law to establish policies and procedures to share cyber threat indicators with the private sector and other federal agencies but the data could be better presented and more needs to be done to increase participation in the sharing effort, according to…