The INSIDER daily digest -- Dec. 1, 2022

By John Liang / December 1, 2022 at 2:00 PM

This Thursday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on a billion-dollar Army contract for surface-to-air missile systems meant for Ukraine and more.

The Pentagon this week announced a billion-dollar contract for six National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System batteries destined for Ukraine:

Army awards contract for more than $1B in missile system batteries, training, support for Ukraine

The Army awarded a contract to Raytheon Missiles & Defense for up to $1.2 billion to provide missile defense system batteries, training and support for Ukraine's military and security, the service announced Wednesday.

Weapon systems used in Ukraine have exploited vulnerabilities in the roofs of combat vehicles, where defense companies around the world have previously removed armor to save weight:

BAE: Looser Army requirements empowered vehicle bid to adapt to threats seen in Ukraine

Increased flexibility in requirements for the Army's competition to replace the Bradley Fighting Vehicle has enabled BAE Systems to adapt its proposal to leverage new information coming out of the war in Ukraine, a company executive said Wednesday.

AM General recently delivered to the Army’s program manager for towed artillery systems a pair of Extended Range Soft Recoil systems for live fire and mobility testing at Yuma Proving Ground, AZ, after receiving a July contract potentially worth $16 million:

Live-fire testing of prototype 155mm cannons eyes next-gen highly mobile artillery fleet

The Army will begin experimenting with prototype big guns in the Arizona desert next week to assess the potential for mounting artillery on wheeled vehicles, conducting live-fire tests of extended-range, soft-recoil technology paired with new tubes, including a Next-Generation Cannon, to possibly replace towed systems now vulnerable to counterbattery fire.

The Pentagon's latest report on the Chinese military looks at three potential threats to Guam:

DOD eyes China's Renhai-class cruisers, H-6K bombers and DF-26 as key Guam threats

The Pentagon's new status report on China's military power highlights three potential threats to Guam -- advanced air, sea and ground systems -- that could credibly strike U.S. military bases on the Western Pacific U.S. territory and complicate any attempt by Washington to counter a Beijing offensive against Taiwan.

A new Congressional Budget Office report released this week examines the age and condition of buildings used by the active Army and assesses their renovation and maintenance costs:

CBO: Highest maintenance costs for Army buildings are in admin, supply, operation and training

With a price tag of more than $50 billion to renovate, modernize and eliminate a maintenance backlog for thousands of Army buildings, the costs will be highest for buildings in administration, supply and operation and training, a recent report by the Congressional Budget Office found.