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Defense Daily, Monday, April 21, Vol. 162, Issue 15

Defense Watch Coast Guard sUAS Funding. There is no funding in FY ’14 and none is requested in FY ’15 for the Coast Guard’s eventual small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS), the service tells Defense Daily via an email response to questions. The Coast Guard is developing an acquisition plan for the sUAS and the eventual [...]

The USS Donald Cook arriving in Rota, Spain. Photo: U.S. Navy

Navy Confident Of Design Process For Next Version of DDG-51 Destroyers

The Navy is confident it can transition to the next version of the Arleigh Burke-class (DDG-51) destroyers in the 2016 timeframe now that the service has settled on a new radar and can begin detailed design, the program manager for the ship class recently said. The Navy plans to begin construction on the flight III [...]

The Navy's MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Takeoff and Landing Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (VTUAV). Photo by Northrop Grumman

DoD Reports Four Programs With Nunn-McCurdy Breaches

The Defense Department reported four programs in its 2013 Selected Acquisition Report (SAR) summary with critical or significant Nunn-McCurdy unit cost breaches to their current or original Acquisition Program Baseline (APB). Joint Precision Approach and Landing System (JPALS) Increment 1A and Vertical Takeoff and Landing Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (VTUAV) had critical breaches, which are [...]

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Defense Watch

  Coast Guard sUAS Funding. There is no funding in FY ’14 and none is requested in FY ’15 for the Coast Guard’s eventual small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS), the service tells Defense Daily via an email response to questions. The Coast Guard is developing an acquisition plan for the sUAS and the eventual Request [...]

Excalibur Firing
Photo: U.S. Army

Army Transitions To Excalibur Ib Production, Aims Toward Full Rate Production Decision

The Excalibur Program Office April 3 said it transitioned to Increment Ib production and heads toward a summer decision on full-rate production, now that it has completed assembly of the last Increment Ia-2 projectile, officials with Program Executive Office (PEO) Ammunition and Raytheon [RTN] said. Developer Raytheon, meanwhile, is working on some Excalibur advances. First [...]

The Marine Corps' seabasing construct revolves around a variety of amphibious ships, Military Sealift Command ships and aircraft to move people and goods from the sea to shore for operations.

Marines’ Expeditionary Force 21 Concept Suggests Some MSC Ship Upgrades

The Marine Corps’ new Expeditionary Force 21 capstone concept calls for alternative platforms to supplement amphibious ships in both seabasing as well as responding to crises, and the solution to that may include a new mission module for the Littoral Combat Ship, command and control upgrades to the Joint High Speed Vessel or even additional [...]

Defense Daily, Friday, April 18, Vol. 162, Issue 14

Navy’s Long-Awaited Draft RFP For UCLASS Shared With Industry–Not The Public By Mike McCarthy The Navy submitted its long anticipated draft request for proposals for the Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) program on Thursday to four competing companies already conducting early designs for the aircraft, but the service did not publicly release the [...]

The Navy's X-47B unmanned aircraft demonstrator designed for carrier operations and the precursor to UCLASS. Photo: U.S. Navy

Navy’s Long-Awaited Draft RFP For UCLASS Shared With Industry–Not The Public

The Navy submitted its long anticipated draft request for proposals for the Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) program on Thursday to four competing companies already conducting early designs for the aircraft, but the service did not publicly release the document. “The purpose of the draft RFP is to solicit industry to design, develop, [...]

The Marine Corps' short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) F-35B performs a vertical landing. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

DoD Reports Increase In F-35 Acquisition Costs

F-35 acquisition costs increased $7.4 billion over a year, up 1.9 percent from last year, according to the 2013 Selected Acquisition Report (SAR) submitted to Congress Thursday. Acquisition costs rose from $391.2 billion in the 2012 SAR to $398.6 billion, according to the Defense Department, while overall lifecycle costs decreased $89.4 billion. Operating and support [...]

SEACON provides submarine cable system to ROV/AUV industries. Photo: SEACON

TE Connectivity To Acquire Undersea Tech Company SEACON Group

Electronic connecting company TE Connectivity [TEL] on Thursday said it has agreed to acquire SEACON Group for $490 million in cash, expanding its capabilities in solutions for harsh environments and strengthening its position in the oil and gas industry. SEACON Group, which is based in California, serves the military marine and subsea sectors for remotely [...]