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The Los Angeles-class submarine USS Hartford (SSN-768), surfaces near Ice Camp Sargo during Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2016. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Navy Starts Submarine Arctic Ice Exercise

The U.S. Navy, in cooperation with British and Canadian partners, started its biennial ICEX (Ice Exercise) 2018 in the Arctic Ocean this week. ICEX is a five-week exercise that involves the Navy testing its operational readiness in the Arctic while training in the region and working with allies and partners. It notably features several submarine […]

A Missile Defense Agency Ground-Based Interceptor is launched from Vandenburg Air Force Base, Calif. as part of Flight Test Ground-Based Interceptor (FTG)-15. Photo: Missile Defense Agency.

Northrop Grumman Awarded $475 Million Contract To Model Missile Defense, MDA Director Says No GBI Tests In ‘18

Earlier this week the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) awarded Northrop Grumman a non-competitive contract worth up to $475 million to develop, integrate, test, and field missile defense modeling and simulation tools. The March 5 sole source contract covers task orders from March 2018 through March 2023. The MDA said the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) award includes the […]

A T-45C Goshawk training jet approaches an aircraft carrier. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy)

Navy Reveals Only Seven T-45 PEs Since September, Found One Main Cause

The head of Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) said Tuesday the Navy has made progress in reducing physiological episodes (PEs) in the T-45 trainer aircraft, having only seven since last September. Vice Adm. Paul Grosklags told the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower that of those seven cases, two were mechanical failures, one dealt with […]

The future USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) arrives at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia on April 14, 2017, after returning from builder's sea trials. (Photo by U.S. Navy)

Navy And Congress Grapple With How To Increase Fleet And Maintain Shipbuilders

Members of Congress and Navy officials grappled this week with how to maintain shipbuilders, lower costs, and increase the size of the Navy towards the 355-ship goal given long timelines and limited shipyards. During a Tuesday hearing of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, Rep. Mike Conway (R-Texas) inquired about changing […]

Navy Names Eight Competitors For C4I Engineering Product Contracts

The Navy on Feb. 23 awarded eight companies multiple award indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contracts ranging from $13 to $19 million to compete for orders on engineering products supporting command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence (C4I) systems. The Defense Department specified the engineering products include software applications, web service development, and database or database management systems for […]


Navy Backers In Congress Unsatisfied With Navy’s FY ’19 Budget

Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower, called the Trump administration’ FY ’19 Navy budget shipbuilding request not “robust” enough compared to what he thinks it needs. The Navy requested about $22 billion to build 10 ships in FY ’19, which is only a modest increase over the FY […]


Navy Requests Relatively Modest $1.5 Billion In Unfunded Priorities List

The Navy requested a relatively modest $1.5 billion in spending in its FY ’19 unfunded priorities list, with no additional aircraft or ships requested. The annual list sent to Congress in late February with projects not funded under the formal budget request process is much smaller than the $5.3 billion FY ’18 list. That one […]

Artist rendering of Lockheed Martin's HELIOS laser weapons system. (Image: Lockheed Martin)

HELIOS Laser To Be First Fully Integrated On U.S. Ship

Lockheed Martin’s [LMT] new $150 million contract to develop and build two High Energy Laser and Integrated Optical-dazzler with Surveillance (HELIOS) weapon systems for the Navy marks several first including the first laser weapon fully integrated for the lifetime of a U.S. Navy ship. The Navy awarded the contract in late January and expects the […]

Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command. Photo: U.S. Air Force.

Hyten Says Space Sensors Needed For Missile Defense

The Commander of U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) said space sensors are necessary for midcourse missile defense discrimination in a speech about how the Defense Department needs to move forward on missile defenses. Although the U.S. needs to improve a number of things in missile defense, the highest priority in capabilities is improved sensors, Air Force […]

Lockheed Martin Wins BAE Subcontract To Supply VLS To UK’s New Type 26 Frigates

BAE Systems awarded Lockheed Martin [LMT] a contract for an undisclosed sum to supply the MK 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS) for the UK Royal Navy’s new Type 26 frigates. BAE is the prime contractor for Britain’s new Type 26 Global Combat Ship (GCS) frigates. The VLS is capable of launching anti-air, anti-submarine, surface-to-surface, and strike-length missiles. BAE […]