Author Archives: Dan Parsons

Marines Take Over Testing Of Robotic Resupply Helicopter

The Marine Corps will take over testing of an autonomous UH-1 Huey after a successful final test of the robotic aircraft on Dec. 13 in which it demonstrated the ability to perform combat resupply missions without a pilot. Developed by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and Aurora Flight Sciences, the Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System […]

Bell V-280 Tiltrotor Prototype Achieves First Flight

The V-280 Valor advanced tiltrotor lifted off Dec. 18, marking a first for Bell Helicopter’s offering in the Army’s Joint Multirole technology demonstration (JMR-TD). The company did not immediately provide information about the duration or other characteristics of the V-280’s first flight. Video and still images from the company show the aircraft lifting off from […]

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Pentagon Begins Year Of Restructure With Uncertain Funding

The Pentagon begins 2018 again operating under a stopgap funding measure that limits spending while officials begin a systematic restructuring of the department and anticipate further changes prescribed by a flurry of reports due in coming months. A new National Defense Strategy (NDS) focusing on streamlining the Pentagon bureaucracy and achieving greater efficiency is expected […]

Hill Air Force Base F-35As fly in formation over the Utah Test and Training Range, March 30, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/R. Nial Bradshaw)

Defense Watch

Editor’s Note. This will be the last issue of Defense Daily in 2017. Our next issue will be dated Jan. 3, 2018. Happy Holidays! F-35 Production. Lockheed Martin plans to deliver about 90 F-35 Lightning IIs to U.S. and foreign customers in 2018, up from 66 fighter jets this year and 46 in 2016, a […]

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BAE Takes Home Howitzer Contract Carrying Full-rate Production Option

BAE Systems has been given the green light and a hefty check by the Army to upgrade the final lot of M109 Paladin self-propelled guns to the modern A7 configuration, a move that all but clears the vehicle for full-rate production, according to a company executive. The Army on Dec. 21 awarded BAE a $227 […]

Aerial drone image of an M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank crew, from the 1st Armor Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, conducting Table VI Gunnery at Fort Stewart, Ga. December 8, 2016.

Army Pays GD $2.6B For Abrams Tank Upgrades

General Dynamics [GD] on Dec. 21 closed on a $2.6 billion deal to upgrade nearly 800 M1 Abrams tanks to the most modern configuration. The fixed-price incentive contract includes upgrading 786 M1A1 main battle tanks to the M1A2 System Enhancement Package Version 3 (SEPv3) and a number of M1A1s to M1A2S and M1A2-K configurations, bringing […]

Defense Department Business, Modernization Restructure Set For Jan. 2 Launch

Deputy Secretary of Defense Pat Shanahan is further restructuring the Defense Department by handing off day-to-day operations of the Pentagon to a chief management officer so he can focus on big-ticket acquisition programs and modernization. The Pentagon in February is expected to publish its National Defense Strategy (NDS), which will lay out the administration’s vision […]

Green Berets assigned to 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), enter and clear a room during a Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat (SFAUC) training exercise near Stuttgart, Germany, Nov. 16, 2017.  The SFAUC exercise tests the Green Berets’ ability to lead direct action strikes in urban areas.  Urban combat is a skill 10th Group routinely trains on with multinational Special Operations partners. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Christopher Stevenson)

New Army, Marine Corps Manual Lays Out Plans For Future Urban Combat

With half the world’s population living in cities, both the Army and Marine Corps foresee intense urban combat as a likely element of future wars, leading to the publication of a new manual on how to fight those battles. In megacities, which will be home to 70 percent of the world’s population by 2050, the […]

CH-47 Chinook transports a HUMVEE during a sling load operation as part of the Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) 17.2 at Fort Bliss, Tx on July 24, 2017.

DOT&E Report: WIN-T Increment 2 Ready For Combat

Procurement of the Army’s mobile network was halted when tests showed it was vulnerable to a near-peer adversary, but recent tests show the slimmed-down version of the maligned Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) is ready for combat, according to a classified report on the system’s most recent evaluation. Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC) conducted follow-on […]

The V-280 Valor advanced tiltrotor achieves first flight at Bell Helicopter's Amarillo, Texas, facility. (Bell Helicopter photo)

Bell V-280 Tiltrotor Prototype Achieves First Flight

The V-280 Valor advanced tiltrotor lifted off Dec. 18, marking a first for Bell Helicopter’s offering in the Army’s Joint Multirole technology demonstration (JMR-TD). The company did not immediately provide information about the duration or other characteristics of the V-280’s first flight. Video and still images from the company show the aircraft lifting off from […]