The INSIDER Daily Digest -- May 8, 2023

By John Liang / May 8, 2023 at 1:55 PM

This Monday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on an upcoming U.S.-European air and missile defense exercise, future Army helicopters and more.

From May 8 to May 26, 20 ships from 13 nations will converge in the North Atlantic between Norway and Scotland to demonstrate allied interoperability in a live-fire joint and combined Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) environment, using NATO command-and-control structures:

Major U.S.-European air and missile defense 'live-fire rehearsal' set for North Atlantic

U.S. and European naval forces next week will kick off the 2023 iteration of Formidable Shield, a U.S. 6th Fleet and NATO integrated air and missile defense exercise that will fold in F-35 fighter aircraft from the United States and Norway as well as ground units with advanced air defense and long-range strike capabilities.

Doug Bush, the Army's top acquisition official, said recently that the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft program is eight months behind schedule, due in part to quality-control-related delays with the engines at the sub-vendor level:

While their prototypes wait for engines, FARA competitors touting their technology

As Bell and Sikorsky await the delivery of the Improved Turbine Engines for their respective prototypes in the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft competition, each company is making its best case to the Army for why its technology is preferred.

The Sentinel nuclear missile is three years into a seven-year engineering and manufacturing design phase:

GSC commander 'cautiously optimistic' on Sentinel delivery date

The commander of Air Force Global Strike Command is "cautiously optimistic" the service will be able to field Sentinel nuclear missile capabilities on the current timeline despite schedule concerns raised in recent weeks.

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States is "revising its regulations" to propose adding eight new military installations to its real estate jurisdiction:

CFIUS proposes expansion that could block Chinese land purchases near U.S. military bases

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States intends to propose its authority be expanded to include oversight of eight additional military installations where nearby land has been bought or eyed for potential purchase by foreign investors, including those with ties to China.

A prototype X-band radar project is one of three microelectronics efforts planned in FY-24 using operational systems development funding through this proposed $1 billion package:

DOD seeking FY-24 funding to develop prototype X-band domestic cruise missile defense radar

The Defense Department is planning a new-start project in fiscal year 2024 to develop select technologies needed for a prototype X-band domestic cruise missile defense radar -- a sensor needed to provide point defense of a limited number of critical targets.