Welcome to today's Defense Business Briefing, your weekly roundup of the latest defense industry news.
Raytheon and United Technologies announced they have agreed to combine in an all-stock "merger of equals" to create a new company dubbed Raytheon Technologies.
AeroVironment said it has paid $25.7 million to acquire Pulse Aerospace, which develops small vertical takeoff and landing unmanned aircraft systems.
Many defense contractors, particularly those in the services industry, say they're intensely focused on their hiring practices and benefits as the market for the workers they need tightens.
Tom Kennedy, the chief executive of Raytheon, first approached Greg Hayes, the CEO of United Technologies, about the possibility of a merger in 2018.
President Trump questioned whether the recently announced merger of Raytheon and United Technologies would reduce competition in the defense industry.
Members of the House Oversight and Reform Committee are seeking a "comprehensive" investigation into TransDigm, even after the company last month agreed to refund $16.1 million the Defense Department inspector general previously deemed excess profit.
The planned merger between Harris and L3 Technologies still requires approvals from the European Union, Turkey and the Justice Department, according to Chris Kubasik, L3's chief executive.
Mercury Systems, which continues to rapidly acquire new companies, is consolidating multiple West Coast facilities gained through acquisitions into an expanded manufacturing facility, according to its chief executive.
Science Applications International Corp. said sales in its most recent quarter reached $1.6 billion, up 37% from the same three-month period a year earlier.
The Aerospace Industries Association said it has named Benjamin Stone vice president of membership and strategic development, leading AIA's membership and business development activity and overseeing its Supplier Management council.
The House Armed Services Committee will hold the marathon mark-up of its fiscal year 2020 defense authorization bill this week.
The Trump administration is asking Congress to pass new legislation delaying implementation of a ban on the government sending federal dollars to companies and organizations that use certain Chinese telecommunications equipment and services.