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Defense Daily, Tuesday, December 27, 2011

April 11, 2012


The Marine Corps has halted work on Boeing’s [BA] unmanned cargo helicopter, the A160T Hummingbird, because of “technical issues” with the system designed to fly higher and deliver greater payloads, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) and the company confirmed yesterday.

Boeing was notified of the 60-day stop-work order on Dec. 15. The work suspension will allow the Navy and Marine Corps to evaluate the A-160T and determine the best course of action, NAVAIR spokeswoman Jamie Cosgrove said. She and Boeing would not specify problems underlying the technical issues…more

General Dynamics [GD] Canada yesterday said it received a $126 contract modification for more Light Armored Vehicles (LAV) for a Foreign Military Sale.
This latest contract modification raises the value of the original contract, announced Jan. 4, to $264 million and a total of 155 LAVs (Defense Daily, Jan. 5).
The vehicles provided under this FMS contract will be 73 LAV IIs. The vehicles are a 300 horsepower 8×8 with a gross vehicle weight of up to 32,000 lbs (14,500 kg). The vehicles will be produced in six different variants… more
Northrop Grumman [NOC] and ITT Exelis [XLS] yesterday said they have teamed to compete for the  Army’s new vehicle-mounted, software-defined radio.

The Army issued a draft request for proposals Nov. 4 for the Mid-Tier Networking Vehicular Radio (MNVR). The radio is expected to replace canceled Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) Ground Mobile Radio (GMR) being developed by Boeing[BA]. The GMR incurred cost growth of more than 50 percent, primarily due to a reduction in the numbers of radios to be acquired, triggering a Nunn-McCurdy breech and an intensive review leading to the program cancellation. The service contract will terminate at its expected expiration date in March…more

Sequester Stance. Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and more than 80 House Democrats decry Republican attempts to alter so-called sequestration cuts to the Pentagon–which could increase long-term defense reductions by $600 billion because of a budget-cutting panel’s failure–in a letter to President Barack Obama. They write they support his… more
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