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The Solid State Radar Integration Site (SSRIS) at Lockheed Martin’s Moorestown, NJ, facility. (Photo: Lockheed Martin)

Lockheed Martin Meets Another LRDR Milestone, Full-Rate Production To Start Before End Of Year

Lockheed Martin [LMT] finished another technical milestone for its Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR), completing a closed loop satellite track with tactical hardware and software, setting the company up to start full-rate production before the end of the year, officials announced this week The company said this marked a “significant achievement” on the way to […]

Artist rendering of LHA 8 Bougainville amphibious assault ship. Huntington Ingalls said that increase volume on the Bougainville helped contribute to higher sales in the second quarter. Rendering by HII.

HII Starts Building Next Amphibious Assault Ship

Huntington Ingalls Industries [HII] started fabrication of the future USS Bougainville (LHA-8) at its shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss., on Oct. 15. The ship is largely being produced in the Pascagoula facility and it is scheduled to be delivered by 2024. LHA-8 is set to be the first Flight I LHA Replacement Program ship and third […]

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) transits the Atlantic Ocean in September 2018. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Navy Approves First 3D Printed Metal Component For Use On A Ship

The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) approved the first ever additive manufacturing (AM) printed metal part for shipboard installation, the command said on Thursday.  Additive manufacturing is another term for 3D printing. The component in question is a prototype drain strainer orifice (DSO) assembly and it will be installed on the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry […]

AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar array at the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii. (Photo: Raytheon(

AMDR Tracks Multiple Targets And First Missile Through Intercept

Raytheon [RTN] on Wednesday said its new AN-SPY-6(V) air and missile defense radar (AMDR) has tracked multiple targets simultaneously as well as its first track of a ballistic missile through intercept in a test. The test occurred at the Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii in mid-September, where it detected, acquired, and tracked […]

The AN/TPQ-53 Radar System. (Photo: Lockheed Martin.)

Lockheed Martin Nabs Contract To Extend Q-53 Range

Lockheed Martin [LMT] said Monday it won a U.S. Army contract modification to extend the range of the AN/TPQ-53 (Q-53) radar range as part of a full-rate production configuration. This update will have the company insert Gallium Nitride (GaN) into the Q-53, which the company said will add power for capabilities like long-range counterfire target […]

Lockheed Martin’s AESA ARES radar technology demonstrator using gallium nitride (GaN) technology. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Lockheed Martin And Raytheon Advance In Patriot Radar Replacement

Lockheed Martin [LMT] and Raytheon [RTN] confirmed Monday they are both advancing in the U.S. Army’s Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensors (LTAMDS) downselect to replace the legacy Patriot missile defense radar system. LTAMDS seeks to replace the current MPQ-65 Patriot radar. A year ago Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman [NOC], and Technovative Applications won […]

Adm. James Foggo, commander of Allied Joint Forces Command, U.S. Naval Forces Europe, and U.S. Naval Forces Africa. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Foggo Says NATO Exercise To Deter Russia, Warns About Sub Threat

The Navy’s top admiral in charge of the service’s forces in Europe acknowledged the upcoming Trident Juncture 18 NATO exercise is, in part, aimed at deterring potential Russian actions against the alliance. Adm. James Foggo, commander of Allied Joint Forces Command, U.S. Naval Forces Europe, and U.S. Naval Forces Africa, emphasized in a press briefing […]

Undersecretary of the Navy Thomas Modly is briefed by Capt. Jeffrey Grimes, commanding officer of Naval Base Guam, during a visit on Sept. 30, 2018. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Navy Leadership To See Draft FSA Next Month, Unmanned A Priority

The undersecretary of the Navy said the service’s leadership should be getting a draft of the next Force Structure Assessment (FSA) in November. Then the Navy leaders will have a chance to adjust the report before a final report is released some time next year, Undersecretary Thomas Modly told reporters at a Defense Writers Group […]

An AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missiles (AARGM) impacting target. (Photo: Northrop Grumman)

Northrop Grumman Wins $171 Million Contract For More AARGMs

Northrop Grumman [NOC] won a $171 million U.S. Navy contract for Lot 7 full rate production of the AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missiles (AARGMs), the company announced Tuesday. This award covers U.S., Italian Air Force, and Royal Australian Air Force users of the AARGM. The AARGM supersonic, air-launched tactical missile upgrades the legacy Raytheon [RTN] […]

An E-2D Advanced Hawkeye is arrested during testing at the Runway Arrested Landing Site (RALS) at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

GA Finishes AAG Testing For Greyhounds and Hawkeyes

General Atomics [GA] said Tuesday it and the U.S. Navy have finished performance testing for the Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) for the C-2A Greyhound, E-2C+ Hawkeye, and E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Navy aircraft, taking a step in allowing propeller aircraft to land on the Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78). This performance […]