The INSIDER daily digest -- April 12, 2023

By John Liang / April 12, 2023 at 2:22 PM

This Wednesday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the Army lifting its stop-work order on the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft program, coverage of high-energy lasers and more.

Work on the multibillion-dollar Black Hawk helicopter replacement effort can now continue:

Army lifts stop-work order on FLRAA following GAO ruling

The Army has lifted a stop-work order on the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft, the eventual replacement for the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, following the Government Accountability Office's ruling last week denying a bid protest that temporarily halted the program's progress.

The Army wants to lengthen the range of its high-energy lasers:

Army eyes new FY-24 project to extend reach of cruise-missile killing, high-energy laser

The Army is looking to launch a new-start project in fiscal year 2024 to extend the killing range of high-energy lasers to destroy enemy cruise missiles at greater distances, seeking $8 million in applied research funding for advanced beam-control component developments for counter-cruise missiles.

The Pentagon recently issued a list of "large lot procurement" programs that are slated for multiyear contracts:

DOD outlines 'large lot procurement' plans for key missile systems

The Defense Department has released new details about its plans to use "large lot procurement" to buy several missile systems that are slated for multiyear contracts and have been deemed critical to potentially aiding Taiwan in a possible conflict with China, according to budget documents submitted to Congress.

Savings, benefits projected for FY-24 plan to bulk-buy naval strike missiles

The Defense Department's first-of-its-kind plan to bulk-buy 516 Naval Strike Missiles (NSM) in fiscal year 2024 under a five-year contract would save $153.6 million and bring greater stability to the industrial base, according to the DOD comptroller's office.

Pentagon comptroller: Multiyear authorities would save nearly $80M for PAC-3 MSE, $67M for GMLRS

Newly released Pentagon documents show that requests by the Army to implement multiyear procurement authorities for Patriot Advanced Capability-3 Missile Segment Enhancement and the Guided Multiple Launch Rocket system would save $80 million and nearly $67 million respectively.

Document: DOD's multiyear procurement of missile programs