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Defense Daily, Tuesday, November 14, 2017, Vol. 276, Issue 31

General Atomics Acquires U.S.-Based Operation Of Surrey Satellite Technology

General Atomics (GA) on Monday said it has acquired the majority of assets of the Colorado-based operation of Britain’s Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL) to support the growth plans of its Electromagnetic Systems Group (EMS) in the development and delivery of small satellite and advanced payload systems.Terms of the deal were not disclosed. SSTL is…

Saab, Raytheon Team To Improve Army Shoulder-Fired Weapons

In addition to an urgent-need procurement of more than 1,000 recoilless rifles, the Army has tasked industry with developing new ammunition for the weapons.The Army’s project manager for crew served weapons is overseeing the purchase of 1,111 M3E1 Carl Gustaf recoilless rifles made by Swedish firm Saab. The $40 million procurement is being made under…

Rocket Lab’s Second Electron Rocket Reaches Launch Site

Rocket Lab’s second Electron rocket has arrived at its launch site on New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula, the company said Nov. 14.Potential dates for the rocket’s flight will be announced in the coming weeks, the company said. Besides being a test vehicle, the rocket will carry a Planet Earth-imaging Dove satellite and Spire Lemur-2 satellites for…

SNC's Dream Chaser Spaceplane Flies, Lands In Key Test

The Dream Chaser reusable spaceplane, which Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) is developing to carry cargo to the International Space Station, successfully completed a free-flight test for the first time in California, the company said Nov. 13.During the Nov. 11 test, a Columbia Helicopters Model 234-UT Chinook helicopter lifted the unmanned Dream Chaser with a 200-foot-long cable…

DHS Still Pushing For Cyber Protection Office To Improve Information Sharing

In the wake of the recent massive Equifax [EFX] data breach, the Department of Homeland Security hopes to establish a new cyber security and infrastructure protection office to improve information sharing practices with industry.DHS plans on working with the House Homeland Security Committee to move forward legislation intended to bring together existing authorities, held mostly…

U.S. Three-Carrier Group Conducted Training With Japan And South Korea Navies

The U.S. Navy held two separate international training exercises with Japan and South Korea this Sunday while conducting rare coordinated operations with three U.S. carrier strike groups in the Western Pacific.Last week the U.S. Navy announced the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), USS Nimitz (CVN-68) and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) were conducting coordinated operations to demonstrate…

NATO Briefs Industry On Over $817 Million In Air And Missile Defense Opportunities

The NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency on Monday briefed North American and European industry on over $817 million in upcoming air and missile defense program business opportunities in 2018 and later, the alliance said.The NCI Agency said that projected requirements for the next decade could further “significantly increase” that initial estimate.These opportunities are part…

MQ-9 Reaper Demonstrated Remote Detection Of Submerged Targets

The General Atomics [GA] MQ-9 Reaper/Predator B unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) successfully detected and tracked submerged contacts during an Oct. 12 U.S. Navy exercise, the company said on Monday.This exercise had the Navy deploy sonobuoys that gathered acoustic data to track underwater targets. The data was then transmitted to and processed aboard an MQ-9. The…