Defense Business Briefing -- June 28, 2022

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

This week’s top story

DIU’s new training effort seeks to ease commercial tech transition

A new immersive commercial acquisition program from the Defense Innovation Unit seeks to reduce barriers to transitioning new technologies from nontraditional vendors to military components by teaching service contracting professionals about the process.

News & notes

Hunter: Air Force has ‘struggled’ to reach agreement with Boeing on contracts

The Air Force is currently negotiating with Boeing to resolve critical issues on major contracts that could entail further financial penalties for the company, according to the service’s top acquisition official.

MQ-25 operational capability pushed to September 2025 due to supplier issues

The Navy’s unmanned MQ-25 Stingray will reach initial operating capability in September 2025, approximately six months later than planned, a program official said.

MDA selects Raytheon, Northrop to advance in GPI design contest; Lockheed sidelined

The Pentagon has narrowed the competition for development of a Glide Phase Interceptor, selecting Raytheon Technologies and Northrop Grumman to continue refining concepts for a counter-hypersonic missile in a move that sidelines Lockheed Martin from the contest and sets up high-level review of the two remaining designs in early 2023.

What’s happening

The week ahead

Senior defense officials will speak about national security issues around Washington this week.

For Inside Defense subscribers

Army, Sikorsky announce Black Hawk $2.3B procurement deal

Sikorsky will provide the Army, other government agencies and foreign militaries with at least 120 Black Hawk helicopters through 2027 thanks to a multibillion-dollar procurement deal that has options to nearly double in size.

House Armed Services Committee defeats amendment that would mandate KC-Y competition

Shortly after midnight on June 23 during the House Armed Services Committee’s marathon session to fashion the fiscal year 2023 defense policy bill, a bipartisan group of lawmakers voted down an amendment that would prohibit the Air Force from awarding the contract for the KC-Y “bridge tanker” unless the service conducted a competition.