DoD Seeks $2.3B To Bolster US Chip Making

WASHINGTON: The Pentagon is seeking $2.3 billion to improve its ability to make specialized semiconductors for military use, as well as to fund next-generation chip innovation. Semiconductors, used in almost every advanced weapon, are especially critical to enabling a range of defense “disruptive technologies,” such as hypersonics, AI, and 5G — all of which receive significant funding in the proposed 2022 budget.

Source: DoD Seeks $2.3B To Bolster US Chip Making « Breaking Defense – Defense industry news, analysis and commentary

NASA Says Time to Jettison LPTA 

Department of Defense (DOD) joined the General Services Administration (GSA) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in severely curtailing use of the vilified Lowest Price Technically Acceptable (LPTA) source selection criteria in federal contracting process. The LPTA has long been decried by contractors as an unfair and dangerous method to cut costs and provide shoddy services and products to the federal government.

Source: NASA (and All Federal Agencies) Says Time to Jettison LPTA – TargetGov TargetGov

DoD Estimates New Missile Defense Program To Cost $17.7B 

WASHINGTON: The Pentagon has a fresh estimate for how much its new ballistic missile defense program will cost over the next decade-plus, now that the department’s Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation office has wrapped up its review of the effort.

Source: DoD Estimates New Missile Defense Program To Cost $17.7B « Breaking Defense – Defense industry news, analysis and commentary

Pyreos announces gunfire detection sensor

Pyreos has chalked up a significant design win with Safe Zone Technologies Inc which supplies gunfire detection systems for indoor spaces.In this application ezPyro infrared detectors are used for high-speed muzzle-flash detection and analysis. The Pyreos sensor is integrated into a very small networked multi-sensor solution which is easily installed within public buildings such as retail stores, schools, and offices. Pyreos began shipping ezPyro sensor subsystems in volume to Safe Zone in late 2019. The design-in cycle lasted just four months and benefitted from Pyreos’ extensive range of reference boards, APIs, engineering application support, and comprehensive design information. ezPyro’s analysis speed, low cost and small form factor were all key factors in Safe Zone’s selection.

Source: PYREOS ANNOUNCES COMMERCIAL SUCCESS IN GUNFIRE DETECTION AND IDENTIFICATION WITH SAFEZONE – Pyreos

Electronics in Space: Satellite Components 

Is rocket science really that hard? The adage, “it’s not rocket science,” would have you believe so. And, spoiler alert: it’s true – even for aerospace engineers. Rocket science, being in space, and making satellites are very difficult endeavors. This article examines why space is an extremely challenging place for electronics systems to be. We’ll look at how we have overcome some of the most challenging parts of getting to and being present in space, and highlight some of our top tried-and-true, space-ready components products.

Source: Electronics in Space: Satellite Components | Arrow.com

Biden Arms Sale Freeze Likely To Thaw, Including UAE’s F-35s 

BEIRUT: The UAE is likely to receive its first F-35s by 2027, Bilal Saab, senior fellow at the Middle East Institute and former Pentagon official in charge of security cooperation in the Middle East tells Breaking Defense.

Source: Biden Arms Sale Freeze Likely To Thaw, Including UAE’s F-35s « Breaking Defense – Defense industry news, analysis and commentary

Lockheed Martin secures $2.77B U.S. Army contract 

Lockheed Martin has been awarded a ~$2.77B hybrid (cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price) contract. The contract is for Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (‘GMLRS’) Alternative Warhead rocket pods, GMLRS Unitary Warhead rocket pods, Low-Cost Reduced Range Practice rocket pods, cybersecurity services, integrated product support and other services. Work locations and funding to be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 31, 2024.

Source: Lockheed Martin secures $2.77B U.S. Army contract | Seeking Alpha

Raytheon Technologies secures $518.44M AMRAAM Contract

Raytheon Technologies has been awarded a ~$518.44M firm-fixed-price, incentive contract for Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (‘AMRAAM’) Production Lot 34, with priced options for Lots 35 and 36.Contract provides for the production of the Lot 34 AMRAAMs, Captive Air Training Missiles, guidance sections, AMRAAM Telemetry System, initial and field spares, and other production engineering support hardware and activities. Work to be performed in Tucson, Arizona, and is expected to be completed Dec. 31, 2023. The contract involves unclassified Foreign Military Sales.

Source: Raytheon Technologies secures $518.44M Air Force contract | Seeking Alpha

SPACECOM To Tighten Ties To Japan 

WASHINGTON: Japan is on deck this year as the next US ally to formally tie a knot to Space Command, following in the footsteps of France and Germany. “SPACECOM is working on a memorandum of understanding for collaboration with Japan,” confirmed a spokesperson today.

Source: SPACECOM To Tighten Ties To Japan « Breaking Defense – Defense industry news, analysis and commentary

L3Harrris wins contract for support of ULA’s Vulcan Centaur

United Launch Alliance (ULA) has extended L3Harris Technologies’ (NYSE:LHX) contract to provide mission-critical avionics and related services in support of the Vulcan Centaur rocket for U.S. Space Force launches.

Source: Mission-Critical Avionics + Services For ULA’s Vulcan Centaur Contracted To L3Harris Technologies

NASA to release LandSat Next Earth-observation satellite imaging sensors solicitation in March

GREENBELT, Md. – U.S. space experts are making plans to ask industry to narrow-down choices for space sensor systems for a next-generation Landsat Earth-observation imaging satellite in the late 2020s with enhanced sensor capabilities.

Source: sensors Earth-observation Landsat Next | Military & Aerospace Electronics

Lockheed Martin Wins Space Contract 

In 2020, Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) received $123 billion in contract awards including awards which are optional in nature. With a change in administration, there’s some doubt about how defense budgets will develop going forward. We won’t directly see any big changes in financial results when there’s a transition in administration and weapon system acquisition tends to be a multi-year trajectory, so changes might actually not be as obvious as some expect, but it remains highly interesting to look at how contracts awards are developing.

Source: Lockheed Martin Wins Space Contract (NYSE:LMT) | Seeking Alpha