Posts from GovCon Wire 4/30/18

PwC: Global Aerospace & Defense M&As Reached $15B in Q1 2018

A new PwC report says the value of global mergers and acquisitions in the aerospace and defense sector hit $15 billion in the first quarter of fiscal 2018, reflecting a 28 percent increase over the previous quarter and a 19 percent rise from the same period last year…
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NASA Issues Draft RFP for Commercial Lunar Payload Services Contract

NASA has announced plans to conduct a full and open competition for a multiple-award indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to deliver scientific payloads to the Moon. In a draft request for proposals notice posted Friday on FedBizOpps, the space agency said it seeks contractor-provided assets to integrate, transport and operate instruments and technology demonstration payloads intended for the lunar surface…
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Report: Greece Greenlights $1.45B F-16 Aircraft Modernization

Greece’s government council for foreign affairs and defense has approved a plan to buy F-16 aircraft upgrade services from the U.S. through a potential $1.45 billion contract, Reuters reported Saturday
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James Mattis Calls for National Security Exceptions to Russia Sanctions Law

Defense Secretary James Mattis has called for waivers to allow U.S. allies to prevent any sanctions related to the procurement of Russian-made weapons, Military.com reported Friday. Mattis told lawmakers Thursday at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing that Congress should make “national security exceptions” to the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act and fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act in support of U…
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State Dept OKs Potential $911M AH-1Z Helicopter Sale to Bahrain

The State Department has approved Bahrain’s request to buy 12 Bell Helicopter-built AH-1Z attack helicopters and related equipment and services through a potential $911.4 foreign military sales agreement…
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Lockheed Receives $829M Army FMS Contract for Multiple Launch Rocket Systems

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has secured a potential $828.7 million contract from the U.S. Army to produce Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems for Finland, South Korea and Romania. The Defense Department said Friday
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Matt Desch: Iridium’s Broadband Service Could Complement LEO Constellations

Matt Desch, CEO of Iridium Communications, has said he observed new low-Earth orbit satellites work to support broadband services that the company already offers along with very small aperture terminals, SpaceNews reported Thursday
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General Dynamics to Help Manage Navy’s Nuclear Regional Maintenance Department Under Potential $210M Contract

A General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) subsidiary has received a potential $210.4 million contract to help the U.S. Navy manage a nuclear regional maintenance department at the Naval Submarine Base New London in Connecticut…
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Harris Adds Louisiana-Pacific CFO Sallie Bailey to Board of Directors

Sallie Bailey, executive vice president and chief financial officer at building materials manufacturing company Louisiana-Pacific, has joined Harris‘ board of directors. In her current role, Bailey oversees LP’s accounting, financial reporting, treasury, internal audit, information technology and corporate communications functions, Harris said Friday
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Orbital ATK Completes Static Firing Tests of Missile Rocket Motor

Orbital ATK has completed a series of three ground-based static firing tests of a rocket motor for tactical missiles at both cold and hot extreme temperatures. The company said Friday it performed the tests over a period of three weeks at its Rocket Center, W…
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Aurora Flight Sciences, DARPA Agree on X-Plane Tech’s Commercial Transition

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and Boeing‘s Aurora Flight Sciences subsidiary have agreed to transition aircraft technology developed through the DARPA-funded Vertical Takeoff and Landing Experimental Plane program to commercial applications…
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Ball Aerospace Completes Second Testbed Assessment Under DARPA’s Hallmark Program

Ball Aerospace has completed the second of five assessments on a space system testing platform being developed for the Air Force Research Laboratory and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The company said Thursday it demonstrated the open and development approach for the Space Evaluation and Analysis Capability testbed through DARPA’s Hallmark program…
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VIDEO: SM-2 Launch From USS Antietam

PHILIPPINE SEA (March 10, 2018) The guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) fires a standard missile 2 (SM-2) from the vertical launching system in the ship’s forecastle during a missile exercise for MultiSail…
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