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Air Force Awards First Contract for New Missile Warning Satellite

Lockheed Martin [LMT] was awarded Tuesday a contract not to exceed $2.9 billion for three Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) Geosynchronous Earth Orbit Space Vehicles intended to enhance the U.S. military’s early missile warning and surveillance capabilities in space.The contract includes requirements analysis, design and development, critical path flight hardware procurement, early manufacturing and risk reduction efforts…

Analysts: 'Unanswered Questions' For the Cost of a Space Force

A new Pentagon report released Aug. 9 described several potential steps and proposals to build up to President Donald Trump’s desired Space Force, but was scarce on cost estimates.The Defense Department’s final report to Congress said the department will lay out specific budget numbers for a potential Space Force when it releases its legislative proposal…

Army Readying Contracts To Develop Autonomous Explosive Ordnance Disposal UGVs

The Army is planning imminent awards for upgraded unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) and robotic payloads needed to better counter unexploded ordnances (UXO).Army officials at a Tuesday event on explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) said five Other Transaction Authority (OTA) awards to begin developing new autonomous vehicles with enhanced robotic payloads could arrive this month.The Common Robotic…

Spencer Sees Readiness Improvement In First Year, $2.5 Billion Savings For Two-Carrier Buy

Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer last week said the service has made large strides in readiness in his first year on the job and also revealed a new two-aircraft carrier buy analysis is looking at $2.5 billion in savings.Spencer told a media roundtable on Aug. 7 that his biggest surprise upon becoming Secretary of…

Marine Corps Releases RFI For New Lightweight Hard Armor Plates

The Marine Corps released a request for information (RFI) Tuesday to gauge industry’s ability to deliver lightweight hard armor plates needed to replace its Enhanced Small Arms Protective Insert (ESAPI), with an eventual contract award expected by the end of FY ‘19.Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) said its looking for industry partners who could deliver…

L3 Acquires UAS Company With Technology For Fixed-Wing And Vertical Flight

L3 Technologies [LLL] in late June acquired Latitude Engineering, a small company that has developed technology to enable unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to take off and land vertically and also fly as a fixed wing aircraft.L3 disclosed the $15 million cash deal in a July 26 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that discussed…