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Defense Daily, Friday, June 29, 2018, Vol. 278, Issue 61

Air Force Grounds Light-Attack Aircraft Experiment After Crash

The U.S. Air Force has suspended flying for its light-attack aircraft experiment while it investigates the recent fatal crash of one of the participating planes, the head of Air Combat Command (ACC) said June 28.“We haven’t figured out what happened yet,” Gen. James “Mike” Holmes told the Defense Writers Group. “Because there’s no operational mission…

Senate Panel, House Advance FY 2019 Defense Appropriations Bill

The Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC) and the full House passed their respective versions of the fiscal year 2019 defense appropriations bill June 28.The Senate panel approved its version by a 30-1 vote, while the House cleared its legislation by a 359-49 vote. Both bills would provide about $675 billion for defense (Defense Daily, June 26). The…

CBP Set To Begin Face Recognition Evaluations Of Pedestrians, Vehicle Occupants At Land Ports

Over the next two months Customs and Border Protection will begin testing face recognition technology to help identify travelers entering the U.S. on foot and inside vehicles as the agency begin to sort out how it will use face recognition at land ports of entry for people entering and departing the country.In July, CBP will…

Army Selects Leonardo DRS To Deliver Interim SHORAD System

The Army said on Wednesday it has selected Leonardo DRS to lead the effort on delivering an interim short range air defense system (SHORAD) to be integrated on Stryker combat vehicles. Leonardo is tasked with providing mission equipment for an Initial Maneuver (IM) SHORAD system capable of defeating unmanned air systems (UAS), rotary-wing and fixed-wing…

Boeing, Singapore Defense Agency To Develop Analytics For Aircraft Performance

Boeing [BA] and a Singaporean defense agency on Thursday agreed on a joint research and development project on data analytics to better understand how well military aircraft are performing and predict future needs for operations and maintenance.The deal is between Boeing’s nearly year-old Global Services segment and Singapore’s Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA). Boeing…

First Boeing Chinook Block II Enters Final Assembly

The first of three U.S. Army CH-47F Chinook Block II test aircraft was loaded into final assembly Wednesday, marking a major milestone in the effort to dramatically overhaul the Boeing [BA]-built heavy-lift helicopters.Boeing developed and is now producing the evolutionary upgrade package for the U.S. Army and Special Operations Forces under a $276 million contract…

Boeing Receives $1.5 Billion Contract To Build 28 Super Hornets For Kuwait As Planned

The Navy awarded Boeing [BA] a $1.5 billion contract to build and deliver 26 F/A-18 Super Hornets to Kuwait, the Defense Department said on Wednesday.Under the contract, Boeing will provide 22 F/A-18E single seat aircraft and six F/A-18F two seaters.Almost 70 percent of the work will be split between El Segundo, Calif., and Hazelwood, Mo.…

Bell Pitches 407GXi as Evolutionary Upgrade to Navy TH-57 Trainer

With its 407GXi, Bell [TXT] is offering the Navy an evolutionary upgrade to its TH-57 fleet, and the company is banking on the service seeing value in a modern version of the single-engine training helicopter it has now.Based on a request for proposals published in October, the Navy is in the market for a commercial,…

Army Network Officials To Hold Tactical Cloud Industry Day In August

The Army has announced a new industry day in August to broaden its search for industry partners able to deliver battlefield-ready cloud computing services as part of its tactical network modernization effort.Officials from the Army’s Network Cross Functional Team (CFT) and Program Executive Office Command, Control, Communications – Tactical (PEO C3T) are encouraging non-traditional IT…