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SpeedNews Defense & Space 
AERO PRECISION INDUSTRIES LLC has $24.1m U.S. Defense Logistics Agency contract for aviation-related spare parts and related services.
Bell Drops Helicopter From Name 
Bell Helicopter has dropped the “Helicopter” from its name in a radical rebranding.
SpeedNews Defense & Space 
BRAZIL formally began integration phase of four Riachuelo-class (Scorpene) submarines Feb. 20 at submarine naval complex in Itaguai.
India Plans To Launch Second Space Observatory 
India is planning to launch its second space observatory—Astrosat-2—to conduct further studies in astronomy and astrophysics.
Astronomers Prepare To Fight NASA’s WFIRST Cancellation 
Astronomers are incensed to learn that the Trump administration is moving to cancel the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST).
NASA Assessing MRO Voltage Drop 
NASA’s aging Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), which doubles as a communications relay for the Curiosity and Opportunity surface rovers, is undergoing a troubleshooting session following a Feb. 15 low battery voltage event.
Selected U.S. Military Contracts For The Week Of Feb. 12-Feb. 16, 2018. 
Leidos, Reston, Virginia (W5J9CQ-18-D-0001); and General Dynamics One Source, Fairfax, Virginia (W5J9CQ-18-D-0002), will share in a $200,000,000 hybrid (cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price) contract for noncommercial technical services to assist in coordination, integration, and synchronization of geospatial information requirements and standards across the U.S. Army
SpeedNews Defense & Space 
ISRAEL AEROSPACE INDUSTRIES, U.S. Missile Defense Agency and Israel Missile Defense Organization completed flight test of the Arrow 3 weapons system Feb. 19 at test site in central Israel.
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Appointments and Passings 
The Aircraft Electronics Association has elected new members to its board of directors for three-year terms.
Upcoming Events 
Feb. 20-22—Connect 2018 — The 15th International Route Development Forum, Tbiisi, Georgia,
Holiday Notice 
In observance of Presidents Day in the U.S., Aviation Daily will not publish on Tuesday, Feb. 20. The next issue will be dated Feb. 21.
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SpeedNews Defense & Space 
U.S. SENATE confirmed former NASA administrator Mike Griffin as Pentagon undersecretary of research and engineering, Lisa Gordon-Hagerty as undersecretary for nuclear security at the Energy Dept., and John Gibson as Pentagon chief management officer.
Spacewalkers Complete Robot Arm Upgrades 
U.S. and Japanese spacewalkers retrieved and externally restowed Latching End Effectors (LEE) on Feb. 16 that were removed and replaced on the International Space Station’s (ISS) 58-ft.-long Canadian robot arm during spacewalking upgrades in January and October.
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