The INSIDER daily digest — Aug. 31, 2020

This Monday INSIDER Every day Digest has information on AFWERX, the Marine Corps’ presidential helicopter alternative program and extra.

Inside Protection just lately chatted with AFWERX Director Col. Nathan Diller:

AFWERX is contemplating launching extra packages in dual-use know-how sectors whereas additionally eyeing export choices for its inaugural Agility Prime effort that is pushing to convey electrical vertical takeoff and touchdown suppliers to market amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Marine Corps has delayed testing of the next-generation presidential helicopter program by six months:

The Marine Corps has pushed again the scheduled begin of testing for the VH-92A presidential helicopter by six months, which can enable the Marine operational squadron extra time to familiarize itself with the plane and stop overlap between testing and the busy presidential election cycle.

Each the Home and Senate variations of the fiscal yr 2021 protection coverage invoice direct the Pentagon to ascertain a menace intelligence sharing program for the protection industrial base:

The Protection Division’s initiatives for sharing cyber menace intelligence with contractors are set for a serious enlargement beneath the fiscal yr 2021 protection coverage invoice at the moment being negotiated by Home and Senate lawmakers.

Earlier this month, the Subsequent Era Jammer-Mid Band pod — a deliberate alternative for the ALQ-99 jamming pod fielded in 1971– flew on an EA-18G throughout a flight take a look at at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD:

The Subsequent Era Jammer-Mid Band program, the Navy and Marine Corps $8.7 billion maritime airborne digital assault modernization effort, achieved an essential developmental milestone this month when a prototype was flown for the primary time on an EA-18G Growler, a key step for a undertaking that suffered critical design setbacks three years in the past.

The Navy earlier this summer time awarded L3Harris a $35 million contract to develop and produce a Medium Unmanned Floor Vessel with choices value as much as $281 million to ship eight further ships:

L3Harris Applied sciences’ new contract to construct the Navy’s Medium Unmanned Floor Vessel consists of the maritime know-how agency Gibbs & Cox in addition to the Louisiana-based shipbuilder Swiftships as subcontractors, in line with an L3Harris government.