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Defense Daily, Friday, July 6, 2018, Vol. 278, Issue 65

Boeing Plans Separate Tie-Up With Embraer For Defense

Boeing [BA] on Thursday moved a step closer to establishing a strategic partnership with Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer [ERJ], announcing a pending $3.8 billion majority ownership stake in a commercial aircraft joint venture and also said the two companies would create another joint venture in defense.A key part of the defense joint venture will be…

Officials Says Fully Automated Mine Countermeasure Vessels Still A Long Way Off, Updates Current Progress

Although unmanned programs are developing quickly, the Navy is not close to fully automated systems like a single stride counter-mine vessel, according to a service official. Howard Berkof, deputy program manager of PMS-406, within program Executive Office (PEO) Unmanned and Small Combatants (USC), told Defense Daily in an interview last month that the systems being developed…

Griffin Releases DoD Digital Engineering Strategy For New Weapons Projects

The Department of Defense’s lead technology official released a new digital engineering strategy Thursday to guide the Pentagon’s ability to handle increasingly complex acquisition priorities for new weapons systems.Michael Griffin, DoD’s new Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, announced the directive alongside plans for a new Digital Engineering Working Group (DEWG) and a…

American Industrial Partners Completes Acquisition Of Vertex Aerospace From L3

L3 Technologies [LLL] on Tuesday said it had completed the sale of its Vertex Aerospace businesses to the private equity firm American Industrial Partners for $540 million in cash.Last October, L3 said it planned to divest Vertex to focus on the products and solutions businesses within its Aerospace Systems segment. Vertex lost several major competitions…

General Atomics Using New Tank To Maximize Fuel Capacity On MQ-25 Offering

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) is planning to use a new tank structure to maximize fuel capacity on its offering for the Navy’s MQ-25 unmanned aerial tanker after successful production readiness testing in April, officials said on Thursday.The integrated fuel tank for the MQ-25 Stingray would increase fuel offload while minimizing technical risks, according…

NATO ESSM Block 2 Successfully Intercepts Test Target

NATO’s Seasparrow Project Office completed the first successful intercept flight test of the Raytheon [RTN]-built Evolved Seasparrow Missile (ESSM) Block 2 with its new active guidance seeker-head, the U.S. Navy said on Thursday.The ESSM Block 2 intercepted a Northrop Grumman [NOC] BQM-74E aerial target. The missile is planned to include both semi-active and active guidance…

EPF-10 Finishes Builder’s Trials

The Navy’s next Expeditionary Fast Transport vessel, the future USNS Burlington (EPF-10), successfully finished its builder’s trials on June 29, the Navy said on Thursday.The ship was built by Austal USA at its shipyard in Mobile, Ala. The trails lasted for a week and started pierside for dock trials. The Supervisor of Shipbuilding Gulf Coast…