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Defense Daily, Monday, June 25, 2018, Vol. 278, Issue 57

Defense Watch: SpaceX Win, DoD Approps Activity, Transcom Nominee

SpaceX Contract. SpaceX has edged out United Launch Alliance (ULA) for a U.S. Air Force contract to place a classified satellite in orbit in late fiscal year 2020. Under the $130 million contract, announced late June 21 and awarded through the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program, SpaceX’s new Falcon Heavy rocket will launch the…

Army Wants Experimental Attack Helicopters Flying By 2023

 Within the next five years, the Army wants at least two AH-64 Apache-sized armed reconnaissance helicopter prototypes up and flying, according to a notice the service issued June 22.The so-called “Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft Competitive Prototype (FARA CP)" seeks to design, build, and test technically mature aircraft in an operationally relevant environment, the Army said…

Commerce Department Gearing Up For New Role In Space Situational Awareness

The U.S. Commerce Department, which the Trump administration recently tapped to replace the Department of Defense in providing space object tracking information to industry, expects to finish taking over its new role in about a year, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said June 22.Commerce plans to send “initial delegations” to Vandenberg Air Force Base in California…

Senate Appropriators Believe Coast Guard Needs 12th National Security Cutter

Even though they didn’t provide funding for a 12th National Security Cutter (NSC) in their markup last week of the Department of Homeland Security’s fiscal year 2019 budget request, the Senate Appropriations Committee says it still believes the Coast Guard needs the vessel.“The Committee continues to believe that the Coast Guard’s fleet of twelve High…

Sikorsky/Boeing 'Defiant' Utility Rotorcraft Prototype On Schedule For 2018 First Flight

In Palm Beach, Fla., a team of Sikorsky and Boeing [BA] engineers is diligently progressing toward a 2018 first-flight of the SB-1 Defiant next-generation rotorcraft.“We continue to achieve milestones in support of flying Defiant in 2018,” the company said in a prepared statement emailed to sister publication R&WI. “The Sikorsky-Boeing team continues its rigorous testing program ahead…