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The F-35 could be an example of a "highly-integrated, dense" weapon system. Photo: Air Force

Navy Awards Lockheed Martin $1.3 Billion For F-35 LRIP 11

The Navy on Monday awarded Lockheed Martin [LMT] a $1.3 billion contract modification for F-35 work, according to a Defense Department statement. The award is a not-to-exceed undefinitized contract modification to the previously awarded low-rate initial production Lot 11 advance acquisition contract. The award provides for the delivery of 13 aircraft. Work is expected to […]

Defense Daily, Tuesday, May 3, 2016, Vol. 270, Issue 23

Newsletter DARPA Developing Aircraft Brains That Can Think, Learn Mid-Mission The Defense Department’s top secret laboratories are working on artificial intelligence (AI) that will allow military aircraft to think, learn and adapt to threats mid-flight. Arati Prabhakar, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, said the ability of robotic brains to operate in the […]
SpaceX lands its Falcon 9 on its floating water barge after its April 8 launch. Photo: SpaceX.

SpaceX Sets Thursday For JCSAT-14 Launch

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) will launch the JCSAT-14 communications satellite early Thursday morning, the company said on Twitter. Launch will take place at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., on a Falcon 9. Launch window opens at 1:21 a.m. EDT. SpaceX said Monday in a tweet that a Falcon 9 static fire was completed […]

ScanEagle UAS recovered by "SkyHook" following seven-hour sortie at Wallops Island in February. Photo: Coast Guard

Boeing’s Insitu UAS Subsidiary Establishes Commercial Unit

Boeing’s [BA] Insitu subsidiary on Monday said it has established a commercial business unit to leverage the company’s experience in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for the emerging commercial market for UAS data collection. Insitu’s ScanEagle UAS has been used by the Navy for years and its RQ-21A Blackjack UAS is now operating with the Marine […]

Hellfire Firing
Photo: Lockheed Martin

France Requests $30 Million In Hundreds Of Additional Hellfire Missiles

The State Department approved a possible $30 million Foreign Military Sales (FMS) request to France for hundreds of additional Hellfire missiles and associated equipment, training, and support. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of the potential sale on April 29. France previously requested a sale of $42 million in various Hellfire missiles and […]

Artist's rendering of a potential Boeing-Sikorsky future vertical lift platform.

Army Still Deciding On Which FVL Capability Set To First Pursue

ATLANTA–The Army has yet to decide which Future Vertical Lift (FVL) capability set it will pursue first, but the service could get closer to that decision in the fall. Richard Kretzschmar, project manager for the Army’s Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP) and FVL, told reporters here Saturday the service’s plan is to bring the plan […]

Two Sedeish AW109 Helicopter 5 units. Photo: Saab.

Sweden Orders Saab To Continue Maintenance And Support For Helicopter 15 AW109s

Saab received an order from the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) for continued delivery of complete support and maintenance for Helicopter 15 (Finmeccanica’s AgustaWestland AW109) during 2018 and 2019, the company said Monday. The order covers all 20 of Sweden’s Helicopter 15 units. It includes material and technical personnel, base staff in the form of […]

Christopher Boyer, the new NIST Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board  chairperson. Photo: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

New NIST Advisory Board Chair Begins Term

Christopher Boyer has become the new chairperson of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board (ISPAB), Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director Willie May said Friday. Boyer currently serves as assistant vice president for global public policy at AT&T Services, Inc. [T], responsible […]

An Air Force official said the F-22 is an early adopter of Open Mission System (OMS) standards. Photo: Air Force.

DARPA Developing Aircraft Brains That Can Think, Learn Mid-Mission

The Defense Department’s top secret laboratories are working on artificial intelligence (AI) that will allow military aircraft to think, learn and adapt to threats mid-flight. Arati Prabhakar, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, said the ability of robotic brains to operate in the physical world is still relatively limited, so fears of rogue […]

Lockheed Martin is developing the avionics panel that will be installed in the V-280. Photo: Defense Daily.

Bell Helicopter Mates V-280 Wing To Fuselage

ATLANTA–Bell Helicopter Textron [TXT] achieved a major milestone in its V-280 tilt rotor aircraft development on April 21 when it mated the wing to the fuselage. Bell Director of Advanced Tilt Rotor Systems Steve Mathias told Defense Daily Saturday the production milestone means the company is about 50 percent through the process of building the […]