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Defense Daily, Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, Vol. 264, Issue 24

DEFENSE WATCH Saab-Brazil. Brazil awards Saab a $5.3 billion contract for the development and production of 36 Gripen NG fighter jets, according to a company statement. Saab and Brazil also sign a 10-year industrial cooperation contract to transfer technology from Saab to Brazilian industry. Brazil in December 2013 selected Saab over Boeing’s F/A-18 and Dassault’s [...]

Orbital's Antares rocket suffered a catastrophic launch failure Oct. 28 at Wallops Island while performing a Cargo Resupply Services (CRS) mission for NASA. Photo: NASA.

Antares Failure Investigation Focusing On First Stage Engines

Orbital Sciences [ORB] said Friday its investigation into the Oct. 28 Antares failure is prioritizing finding, cataloging and securing any elements remaining from the first stage propulsion system. The company said in a Thursday statement evidence suggests the launch failure initiated in the first stage, after which the vehicle lost its propulsive capability and fell [...]

Trident II missile being deployed. Photo: DoD.

W76-1 Life Extension Program Reaches Production Phase Halfway Point

The United States has reached the halfway point in the production phase of its W76-1 nuclear warhead life extension program (LEP) effort, according to the head of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). Frank Klotz told reporters Oct. 29 the United States expects to complete the W76-1 LEP during fiscal year 2019. The goal of [...]

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Saab-Brazil. Brazil awards Saab a $5.3 billion contract for the development and production of 36 Gripen NG fighter jets, according to a company statement. Saab and Brazil also sign a 10-year industrial cooperation contract to transfer technology from Saab to Brazilian industry. Brazil in December 2013 selected Saab over Boeing’s F/A-18 and Dassault’s Rafale, according [...]

Airbus A350 passenger plane flying at the Farnborough Air Show this year. Pascal Andrei, head of Aircraft Security at Airbus, said at AVSEC World he hired 15 hackers find cyber vulnerabilities on the aircraft. Photo: Airbus Group

Only A Matter Of Time Before A Cyber Plane Hack, Airline Security Official Warns

So far theories of how to hack into an airplane have been “debunked,” but given the way hackers openly share information and the status that that would come with a cyber plane hack it’s only a matter of time before it is done, an official with Air Canada said this week. Over time elite hackers [...]

RF-7800H Harris manpack. Photo: Harris

Harris Corporation Receives $18 Million Order for Falcon III Radios FROM Central Asian Nation

Harris Corp. [HRS] received an order for Falcon III wideband tactical radios from a Central Asian country worth $18 million, the company said on Thursday. The nation in Central Asia will receive the RF-7800H high-frequency (HF) manpack and RF-7850M multiband hand-held radios. The RF-7800H is the first HF manpack radio with high-speed wideband data capabilities, [...]

Defense Daily, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, Vol. 264, Issue 23

ATK Posts Higher Income, Sales In Second Quarter By Calvin Biesecker ATK [ATK] on Thursday reported higher net profit and sales in its second quarter driven by an acquisition in the company’s business that provides bullets, guns and related accessories in the sporting market. Net income edged up 2 percent to $95 million, $2.97 earnings [...]

P-3 Orion. Photo: Lockheed Martin

Greece Requests $500 Million Overhaul and Upgrade of P-3Bs

The State Department approved a possible $500 million Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Greece for P-3B aircraft overhaul and upgrade plus associated equipment, parts, training, and logistical support. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of the potential sale on Oct. 6. The primary contractor would be Lockheed Martin [LMT] if Congress approves the [...]

Javelin Weapon System
Photo: Raytheon

Estonia Seeks 350 Javelin Missiles Worth $55 Million

The State Department approved a potential $55 million Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Estonia for Javelin missiles and associated parts, equipment, training, and logistical support. The principle contractor would be Javelin Joint Venture, a partnership between Raytheon [RTN] and Lockheed Martin [LMT]. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the certification notifying Congress of the [...]

Artist’s illustration of the GPS IIF satellite. Photo: Boeing.

Air Force’s GPS IIF-8 Satellite Signals Controllers Proper Functioning

The Air Force’s eighth Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF-series satellite (GPS IIF-8) signaled to controllers it is functioning properly about 3.5 hours after Wednesday’s launch, according to prime contractor Boeing [BA]. Successful liftoff took place at 1:21 p.m. EDT Wednesday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. United Launch Alliance (ULA) was the launch provider, [...]