September 11, 2017

Headlines – September 11, 2017


Air Force pilot killed during training near Nellis Air Force Base –
A pilot was killed in a crash during a training flight at the Nevada Test and Training Range Tuesday, officials at Nellis Air Force Base said in a release Sept. 8.
Iron Dome poised for first US-based intercept test in SHORAD demo –
Israel is readying its Iron Dome for its first intercept test in the United States as part of the U.S. Army’s demonstration aimed at selecting an interim solution for a medium- and short-range air defense system.


U.S. Army wants to buy lightweight precision munitions fast –
The U.S. Army is looking for ways to rapidly buy lightweight precision munitions for unmanned aircraft systems as it burns through more expensive missiles carrying out a wide variety of missions.
L3 gets Compass Call contract, names Gulfstream as airframe provider –
After months of being mired in legal disputes, the U.S. Air Force’s Compass Call crossdeck program is speeding ahead.
MSPO: Naval Group details bonuses for Poland if granted Scorpene submarine deal –
Naval Group is offering Poland the creation of 2,000 local jobs as part of industrial cooperation on its offer of the Scorpene attack submarine, said a spokesman for the French shipbuilder.
Bell Helicopter ‘within days’ of first ground trials for V-280 Valor tilt-rotor –
The build of the Bell Helicopter V-280 Valor tilt-rotor demonstrator aircraft is 100 percent complete, the company announced Sept. 6, and the aircraft is about to begin ground runs in advance of a first flight.
ViaSat wins wearable network cyber contract –
ViaSat has been awarded a contract to provide cybersecurity for wearable network platforms.
Vencore wins nuclear detection contract –
Vencore has been awarded a $6.4 million follow-on task order to continue support Air Force nuclear detection efforts.
Leidos wins tactical signature contract –
Leidos has been awarded a $31.4 million Navy contract to support acoustic signature systems.
Trump took credit for fast-tracking a Super Hornet deal with Kuwait. But it was all approved last year –
President Trump on Sept. 7 announced that he had intervened to “expedite” the sale of $5 billion worth of Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornets to Kuwait, and was “pleased to report” that the deal has now been authorized.
Vehicle makers set to to submit bids to complete lineup for UK’s MRV-P program –
Armored vehicle companies are to submit bids to the U.K. Ministry of Defence later this month in a three-way competition to complete the lineup of a new family of protected mobility vehicles destined for the British Army.
On edge: ‘New Cold War’ tensions high in Eastern Europe –
Russia is preparing to kick off its wargame exercises – just as east-west relations are at their most strained since the fall of the Soviet Union.
Introducing Fletcher, a vehicle-mounted, laser-guided rocket launcher –
An international team led by Arnold Defense is set to offer special forces and others a vehicle-mounted, laser-guided 2.75 rocket launcher when it debuts a demonstrator system at the Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition this week.


Here’s the technology in which DOD’s innovation hubs will be investing –
For industry looking to align its research and development money to the needs of the U.S. Department of Defense, figuring out what Pentagon leadership is interested in is vital intelligence. And at the Sept. 6 Defense News Conference, leaders from four key Pentagon innovation centers laid out what their groups would be focusing on in the next few years.
Trump review leans toward proposing mini-nuke –
The Trump administration is considering proposing smaller, more tactical nuclear weapons that would cause less damage than traditional thermonuclear bombs — a move that would give military commanders more options but could also make the use of atomic arms more likely.
Navy still probing possibility of cyberattack in destroyer collisions –
Almost “every three-letter agency” in Washington, D.C., has assisted in an investigation into the possibility that a recent deadly collision involving a Navy destroyer in the Pacific was caused by a cyberattack, the vice chief of Naval Operations told lawmakers this week.

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