Defense Business Briefing -- Nov. 16, 2021

Welcome to today's Defense Business Briefing, your weekly roundup of the latest defense industry news.

This week's top story

GD, Rafael, KMW announce European Trophy joint venture

General Dynamics European Land Systems, Rafael and Krauss-Maffei Wegman have formed a joint venture to sell and maintain Rafael's Trophy active protection system in Europe, the companies announced Nov. 11.

News & notes

Mercury Systems completes Avalex Technologies purchase

Mercury Systems this week announced the completion of its acquisition of Avalex Technologies.

Lockheed Martin doubling PAC-3 MSE production capacity in 2022 to meet demand

Lockheed Martin is readying to ramp up production of Patriot Advanced Capability-3 Missile Segment Enhancement interceptors in 2022 with a new manufacturing line that -- when paired with beefed up supplier agreements -- will double the annual output of the new guided missiles.

Attorneys: New CMMC approach shows evolution to strengthen defense contractor cyber posture, recognizing potential barriers

The evolution of the Defense Department's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program reflects a response to concerns from the defense industrial base, according to attorneys, who said recent major changes show the Pentagon is taking into account pre-existing mechanisms for contractor compliance with cyber standards and is considering how the program can be implemented effectively.

Austal USA to run San Diego waterfront ship repair facility

Austal USA announced it will operate a waterfront ship repair facility in the Port of San Diego.

Capella Space to demonstrate synthetic aperture radar capability for SDA

Capella Space announced it will demonstrate optical inter-satellite link compatibility with the Space Development Agency's national defense space architecture.

What's happening

The week ahead

Senior defense officials are scheduled to speak at several events and conferences this week.

For Inside Defense subscribers

Army includes seven battlefield scenarios in Project Convergence

YUMA PROVING GROUND, AZ -- The Army included seven different scenarios at the Project Convergence 21 experiment that wrapped up this week, that were designed to illuminate how new technology will alter doctrine for the future battlefield, an official said Nov. 9.

Air Force, Navy to consider possibility of joint tactical trainer program

The Air Force and the Navy "will evaluate the possibility" of a joint program to field an advanced tactical trainer as both services review industry responses to recent requests for information.

Army to consider cutting force structure to pay for modernization

YUMA PROVING GROUND, AZ -- The Army could consider reductions to its force structure in the coming years to free up needed dollars, Army Secretary Christine Wormuth said Nov. 9.