Author Archives: Vivienne Machi

About Vivienne Machi

Reporter: Air Force, aerospace and Capitol Hill Defense Daily Ph: 703-522-5916

Defense Watch: Space Wargame, New GD Spox, AUSA Roundup

Senate Confirms DoD Nominations. The Senate confirmed several Defense Department nominees during voice votes Oct. 11. They include: Army Gen. Robert Abrams for U.S. Forces-Korea commander; Vice Adm. Craig Faller for U.S. Southern Command commander; Vice Adm. Andrew “Woody” Lewis, 2nd Fleet commander; ret. Air Force Maj. Gen. Robert McMahon for Assistant Secretary of Defense […]

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)

Engine Developers Win IDIQ Awards to Develop New Tech for Air Force

Rolls-Royce on Thursday was awarded a $100 million contract to develop new advanced turbine engine technologies for the Air Force. The indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract is for phase 1 of the service’s Advanced Turbine Technologies for Affordable Mission-Capability (ATTAM) program. Awardees will “develop, demonstrate, and transition advanced turbine propulsion, power and thermal technologies that provides improvement […]

Two Boeing-Saab T-X aircraft fly over St. Louis (Boeing photo)ces_STL_4/27/2017_RMS#307321_MSF17-0022 Series_Photos by John Parker

No Protest for T-X Contract Award to Boeing

The way is clear for Boeing [BA] to safely secure three major aircraft development contracts worth billions as its two competitors declined to protest the Air Force’s T-X trainer aircraft award. Boeing was awarded the advanced pilot trainer contract in late September along with its partner in the competition, Sweden-based Saab. Lockheed Martin [LMT] had […]

F-35Bs belonging to the U.S. Marine Corps fly in formation alongside South Korean and Japanese aircraft during a show-of-force mission over the Korean Peninsula on Aug. 28. (Photo by Republic of Korea Air Force)

F-35s Grounded Worldwide For Fuel Tube Inspection

The U.S. military’s most sophisticated fighter aircraft fleet was temporarily suspended from operations beginning Thursday as the Defense Department worked to determine which of their platforms had a suspect part that could have caused the aircraft’s first-ever crash in September. The Pentagon’s F-35 joint program office announced Oct. 11 that flight operations would halt for […]

Artistic rendering of Aerovironment's Shrike 2 UAV and Switchblade loitering munition paired with General Dynamics' armored reconnaissance vehicle in development for the U.S. Marine Corps. (Image: Aerovironment)

General Dynamics, Aerovironment Aim to Pair Drones with Ground Vehicles for Army, Marines

A new industry partnership could bring the Army and Marine Corps a step closer to incorporating manned-unmanned teaming concepts into combat operations. Unmanned aerial vehicle-maker Aerovironment has partnered with General Dynamics Land Systems [GD] to integrate two of its systems onto the vehiclemaker’s new armored reconnaissance vehicle (ARV), in development for the Marines, the company […]

Boeing MH-139, the company's offering to replace the Air Force's UH-1N helicopters based on Leonardo Helicopter’s AW139. Artist conception: Boeing.

Competitors Will Not Protest Air Force Award for Huey Replacement Helicopter

Lockheed Martin’s [LMT] Sikorsky subsidiary and Sierra Nevada Corp. will not protest the Air Force’s recent contract award for the UH-1N “Huey” helicopter replacement, securing the lucrative contract for the winning team of Boeing [BA] and Italy-based Leonardo. “After a thorough review of the debriefing materials, Sikorsky has chosen not to protest the U.S. Air […]

U.S. Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis meets with China's Minister of Defense Gen. Wei Fenghe at the People's Liberation Army's Bayi Building in Beijing, China, on June 28, 2018. (DoD photo by Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith)

Trump Administration, DoD Zero In on Threats from China

President Trump’s administration is making clear through recent speeches, published reports and legislation that the U.S. economy — and within it, the defense industrial base — is suffering due to a series of targeted, deliberative efforts by China. In 2017, Trump directed the Department of Defense (DoD) to lead a multi-agency analysis of the health […]

An artist’s rendering of Lockheed Martin’s JASSM. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Lockheed Martin Awarded $390 Million for JASSM Lot 16 Production

The Air Force on Friday awarded Lockheed Martin [LMT] a $390 million contract to continue production of the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff missile (JASSM) currently in use on several of the service’s fighter and bomber fleets. The contract is for Lot 16 production and includes 360 JASSM-extended range (JASSM-ER) missiles, three foreign military sales (FMS) separation […]