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DDN Weekly - 07.10.18

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…

Tech Developments

OSI Systems’ CT Checkpoint Scanner Approved in EuropeOSI Systems [OSIS] says its computed tomography (CT)-based checkpoint parcel scanner has received Standard C2 approval by the European Civil Aviation Conference for airport checkpoints. The standard means that large electronics such as laptops do not have to be removed for screening. The OSI’s Rapiscan Systems division is…

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 June 26.Spain has also requested six shipsets for Digital Signal Processing, five shipsets for Amazon [AMZN] Web Services computing infrastructure, five Operational…

Report: Switching From Russian To U.S. Helicopters Undercuts Afghan Capability

Afghanistan’s military is fielding UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters that lack the lift capacity and flight capabilities of the Russian Mi-17s it currently flies, which are also simpler to fly and maintain than the U.S.-made aircraft, according to a U.S. Defense Department watchdog report.The Defense Department is replacing the Mi-17 with Black Hawks to provide additional…

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…

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…

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…