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Defense Daily, Thursday, June 28, Vol. 278, Issue 60

NASA Delays Webb Telescope’s Launch To 2021

The often-delayed launch of the James Webb Space Telescope has slipped another 10 months based on the findings of an independent review board, NASA announced June 27.The launch, which was previously slated for May 2020, is now scheduled for March 30, 2021, the agency said. Former aerospace industry executive Tom Young, the review board’s chair, told…

House Backs More Funding To Replace A-10 Wings

The U.S. House of Representatives late June 26 passed an amendment to the fiscal year 2019 defense appropriations bill aimed at speeding up the installation of new wings on the Air Force’s aging A-10 Thunderbolt II close-air-support aircraft.The amendment, offered by Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) and approved by voice vote, adds $65 million to the…

DHS Developing Risk Framework For Supply Chain, Other Priorities

The Department of Homeland Security in July expects to begin rolling out announcements related to a top-down framework it is developing for managing risks to critical infrastructure, including the supply chain, a senior department official said on Wednesday.“We need to develop a framework across the federal government for internal purchasing, on how to have a…

JSF To Undergo About 60 Software, Hardware Upgrades Over Next Decade, Babione Says

ATLANTA--As the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program moves from low-rate initial production into full-rate production, a top official with prime contractor Lockheed Martin [LMT] said on Tuesday the program's focus shifts from initial development to sustainment and continuous capability development and delivery (C2D2) necessary to keep it relevant for decades to come. To that…

Australia Purchases $185 Million In Components Needed To Integrate CEAFAR 2 Radar With AEGIS

The State Department has approved a $185 million deal with Australia for components needed to integrate the CEAFAR 2 Phased Array Radar System with the AEGIS combat system on their naval ships. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of the foreign military sales (FMS) on Wednesday.The deal includes long lead items needed to…

DoD IG: Army Miscounted Apaches Needed For Training, Test

U.S. Army officials have justified the number of operational AH-64E gunships it will buy, but not the 167 Apaches the service says it needs for test and training at a price tag of $3.5 billion, according to the Pentagon's spending watchdog.In an audit report of the Apache program published June 25, the Defense Department Inspector…

White House Objects To Missile Defense Provisions In Senate Defense Bill

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) objected to several missile defense-related provisions in the Senate’s draft FY ’19 defense authorization act in a statement Tuesday.The administration objects to Section 1660D of the bill, S. 2987, which would require the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) to develop a space-based missile defense intercept later irrespective…

Oshkosh Receives $49 Million To Automate Army Loading Trucks

Oshkosh Defense [OSK] received a $49 million award Tuesday to integrate self-driving autonomous technology on the Army’s Palletized Load System (PLS) trucks. The contract calls for Oshkosh to install autonomous kits on 70 PLS, with options for up to 150, that allow soldiers to be removed in high-risk situations while retaining full operational capabilities for…

JAGM Cleared For Production, Achieves Milestone C

The U.S. Army’s Hellfire missile replacement, the Lockheed Martin [LMT] Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM), achieved a milestone C decision and has been cleared for low-rate initial production (LRIP).The JAGM is scheduled to eventually succeed the Army’s use of Hellfire missiles on all rotary-wing and fixed-wing aircraft that currently fire Hellfires. The older missiles were also…

SPAWAR Awards ATI $100 Million To Manage New Information Warfare Consortium

The Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) has awarded Advanced Technology International (ATI) a three-year, $100 million contract to manage its new consortium to rapidly procure information warfare tools, officials said Wednesday .ATI is tasked with managing the industry partners taking part in SPAWAR’s Information Warfare Research Project (IWRP), which is set to open immediately…