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Defense Daily, Wednesday, June 27, 2018, Vol. 278, Issue 59

Senate Appropriators Back More F-35s For Navy, Marines

The Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense panel (SAC-D) approved a $675-billion fiscal year 2019 defense appropriations bill June 26 that would fund 89 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, 12 more than the Trump administration requested.The Marine Corps and Navy would get a total of 41 F-35Bs and F-35Cs, up from the request for 29 jets, according to…

House Passes Bevy Of Homeland Security Bills

The House on Monday night passed seven homeland security bills dealing with transportation security, cyber security, immigration and identity management.The bipartisan bills passed by voice vote.“In today’s dynamic threat environment, we must continually evaluate and improve our readiness and response to any threat to our homeland,” Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee,…

Boeing HorizonX Invests In Drone Delivery Firm Matternet

Boeing’s [BA] year-old ventures unit on Tuesday announced its fourth investment in autonomous aircraft systems, leading a funding round in Matternet, a startup firm that has developed unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and related software for delivering small packages.The $16 million Series A funding also includes Swiss Post, Sony Corp.'s [SNE] Sony Innovation Fund, and Levitate…

Australia Orders Six MQ-4C UAVs For $1 Billion

Australia’s government announced on Tuesday it is ordering an initial six Northrop Grumman [NOC] MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for $1 billion in a cooperative program with the U.S. Navy.The Australian government said the new aircraft will complement its new P-8A Poseidon aircraft by helping undertake intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions; aiding in…

MDA’s Greaves: Space-Based Interceptors Would Be A Big Change

The director of the Missile Defense Agency on Tuesday said adding space-based interceptors for missile defense “would require a significant change in national policy” and are expensive. He also noted the Poland Aegis Ashore site is about 18 months behind schedule and spoke approvingly of President Trump’s directive for a new Space Force.Speaking at a…

Army Awards Leonardo DRS $193 Million For First Vehicle Missile Shields On Abrams Tanks

The Army is moving forward with integrating the first active protection system (APS) for U.S. military vehicles capable of withstanding anti-tank missile threats with a $193 million deal to Leonardo DRS to install the Trophy system on its M1 Abrams tank fleet.Under the deal, awarded on June 15, Leonardo will begin integrating the Trophy APS,…

Bell: V-280 Built From Scratch As Production-Ready Aircraft

Call it a prototype or an experimental aircraft, but with the V-280 Valor, Bell is offering the Army a vertical lift platform it can take almost directly into production, according to company officials.“This is meant to be a production aircraft,” Scott Drennan, director of innovation at Bell, said June 25 at the annual expo of…

State Department Approves $860.4 Million Deal With Spain For Five AEGIS Systems

The State Department has approved a $860.4 million deal with Spain for five AEGIS weapons combat system for its ship fleet.The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of the foreign military sales (FMS) on Tuesday.Spain has also requested six shipsets for Digital Signal Processing, five shipsets for Amazon [AMZN] Web Services computing infrastructure, five…

Survey FInds Optimism On Economy, M&A Activity In Aerospace, Defense And Federal Services

Corporate dealmakers are optimistic about the economy and believe mergers and acquisitions (M&A) will pick up over the next year due to changes in tax laws and more budget certainty, according to a survey of the aerospace, defense and government services sectors by the investment banking firm KippsDeSanto & Co.“Across all the sectors we surveyed,…

Army Upgrading More Strykers To A1 Configuration, Testing AI System On Bradleys

The Army announced upgrades Tuesday for two of its vehicles with a $258 million deal to modernize more Stryker fighting vehicles to the A1 configuration and a new prototype agreement to test artificial intelligence software on Bradley M2A3s. General Dynamics [GD] received the new contract on June 21 to update 116 Stryker flat-bottom vehicles to…