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Boeing Withdraws From Pentagon Nuclear Missile Program Over Bidding Process

On Wednesday, American aerospace company Boeing announced its withdrawal from the Pentagon’s Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) project, citing concern with the bidding process.

“After numerous attempts to resolve concerns within the procurement process, Boeing has informed the Air Force that it will not bid Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) under the current acquisition approach," said Todd Blecher, a spokesperson for Boeing’s defense, space and security division, multiple reports reveal.

“We’ve evaluated these issues extensively and determined that the current acquisition approach does not provide a level playing field for fair competition,” Bletcher added.

The GBSD program refers to replacing 450 Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) in service with the Air Force Global Strike Command since the 1960s. With the exception of existing silos and warheads, every element of the ICBM system will be modernized as part of the GBSD program, according to published documentation from aerospace and defense technology company Northrop Grumman. New missiles, command and control, infrastructure and launch systems will be developed to improve capacity, accuracy and performance through 2075, Sputnik reported.

With Boeing dropping out of the project just one week after the Air Force requested final proposals to replace the Minuteman system, Northrop Grumman remains the only bidder. In 2017, Boeing and Northrop were each awarded contracts worth $349.2 million and $328 million, respectively, to come up with proposals. The Air Force was planning to evaluate both competing proposals to get the most economical prices for the missile system rehaul.

According to defense consultant Loren Thompson, Boeing decided to pull out of the competition because of Northrup’s Grumman’s 2018 acquisition of Orbital ATK, a major player in the production of rocket motors.

“Because Northrop owns the biggest maker of solid rocket motors in America, Boeing doesn’t think it can price its missiles competitively,” Thompson told the Washington Post.

Noting that Northrop Grumman’s recent acquisition would leave the company acting as a monopoly figure in sector, the official indicated it might make congressional lawmakers uneasy about the move. However, it is presently unclear how the bidding process for the GBSD program will proceed.


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Missed this one but releative reminded me of it.

Armed forces will end their search for Savoura CEO and son

The Canadian Armed Forces will end their search operations to find Savoura CEO Stéphane Roy and his 14-year-old son Justin on Saturday. The pair have been missing since July 10, when they did not return from a fishing trip in northern Quebec as planned.

In their investigation, the Canadian Armed Forces searched over 20,000 square kilometres in the area between Lac-de-la-Bidière in northern Quebec and Ste-Sophie, where Roy’s operations are based.

The search team consisted of over 90 people from the armed forces, the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association, the Canadian Coast Guard and the Sûreté du Québec. The search and rescue efforts involved multiple planes and helicopters.

The armed forces are handing the search back over to the Sûreté du Québec, which will treat the case as a missing persons investigation.


Rescue helicopter crashes as search for Quebec father and son continues

One of the helicopters involved in the search for a prominent Quebec businessman and his son crashed Sunday.

Quebec provincial police said those on board were transported to hospital with minor injuries.

Stéphane Roy — the president and founder of the company that sells greenhouse-grown produce under the Savoura brand — and his son were expected to return by helicopter from their cottage in Quebec's Mauricie region on Wednesday.

The pair has not been heard from since.

The Canadian Armed Forces has been searching possible flight paths from the cottage to the family home in the Saint-Jérôme area.

The search area, originally 20,000 square kilometres, has now been reduced by about 40 per cent.

"We are now putting our resources in an area that is much smaller," said Maj. Christian Labbé.

The rescue helicopter crashed on property belonging to Roy's company, Les Serres Sagami, in Sainte-Sophie, Que.

No distress signal from Roy's helicopter was received. The army says this could have been caused by missing, or malfunctioning, equipment.