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Inside the Air Force highlights

May 19, 2017 |
Courtney Albon

Some must-reads from this week's Inside the Air Force:

1. The Air Force last week awarded Raytheon a $52 million contract to build the Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar after a 2014 protest led to a recompete -- and Northrop Grumman, one of the companies that initiated the protest, opted not to bid the second time around.

Full Story: Northrop Grumman confirms it did not bid in 3DELRR recompete

2. A forthcoming "deep-dive" review of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's cost could serve as a model for other major acquisition programs, according to the Pentagon's director of defense pricing.

Full Story: F-35 cost 'deep-dive' could set blueprint for larger Pentagon initiative

3. General Atomics won a nearly $400 million Air Force contract to build 36 MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial systems "in the fiscal 2016 production configuration," the Defense Department announced this week.

Full Story: General Atomics to build 36 new Reapers under $400M contract