Archive: Army

A two-ship formation of A-29 Super Tucanos fly over Kabul, Afghanistan during a mission on April 28, 2016. The A-29 Super Tucanos are the Afghan Air Force's newest airframe in their inventory.

(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Larry E. Reid Jr., Released)

U.S. Commander: Afghan Air Force Living Up To U.S. Investment In Aircraft, Training

Validating the significant U.S. investment in aircraft and pilot training, the Afghan air force is becoming proficient at supporting its own ground troops in combat with only minimal guidance from U.S. personnel, according to a U.S. Army colonel recently returned from leading a brigade through a nine-month deployment to the war zone. “In southern Afghanistan, […]

Bell Helicopter V-280 Valor prototype readying for first ground run in Amarillo, Texas. (Photo by Bell Helicopter)

Bell Completes Construction Of V-280 Valor Tiltrotor Prototype

Bell Helicopter has completed construction of its first V-280 advanced tiltrotor prototype that is being prepared to fly later this year. The V-280 Valor program has achieved 100 percent build completion on the prototype aircraft and is preparing for an initial ground run at the company’s Amarillo, Texas, assembly center. “We remain focused on providing […]

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Army Awards General Dynamics Half-Billion Dollars For Abrams Tank Upgrades

In the past two months, the Army has put General Dynamics [GD] on contract to build prototypes of the most advanced versions of the M1A2 Abrams tanks that includes advances in lethality, mobility and protection. The two contracts – awarded July 31 and Aug. 31 – total $580 million for development and integration of improvements […]

Photo: AM General

AM General Adds $2 Billion To Already Lucrative International Humvee Sales

The international market for wheeled tactical trucks has once again rewarded AM General, this time with $2.2 billion deal to sell thousands of Humvees to allies and partners around the world. Announced Aug. 29, the deal adds another major win to a litany of Humvee sales the company has racked up since the U.S. Army […]

Oshkosh Defense JLTV Offering L-ATV
Photo: Oshkosh Defense

Real-time Casualty-Count Gear Validated For JLTV Test

Ravenswood Solutions was awarded a contract to provide its “FlexTrain” instrumentation for a real-time casualty assessment (RTCA) communications network characterization at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif. The event will evaluate instrumentation to be used during the larger Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) multi-service operational test and evaluation (MOT&E) scheduled for […]

The Army Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) is a large-scale, semi-annual field evaluation of network and non-network capabilities. The U.S. Army Electronic Proving Ground (USAEPG) traditionally provides test and evaluation support and instrumentation to NIEs. However, with NIE 14.2, the latest evaluation, USAEPG provided the additional support of a network forensics team that made a positive impact on network troubleshooting, reliability and network protection. (Photo by Amy Walker, U.S. Army PEO C3T // RELEASED)

Army Launches $4B Program For Management Of Commercial IT Hardware

The Army wants to hire a company to manage the purchasing and maintenance of network hardware under a $3.9 billion contract announced Aug. 24. A request for proposals (RFP) for the Common Hardware Systems (CHS) program was released Aug. 24 by the Army’ Program Executive Office for Command, Control and Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T), which expects […]

Photo illustration of DARPA's Mobile Force Protection counter-drone system.

DARPA Launches Development Of Plug-And-Play Counter-Drone System

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has hired three firms to find ways of defeating the small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) that have become one of the most pervasive threats to the military at home and abroad. Three teams – Dynetics Inc., Saab Defense and Security USA and nonprofit development firm SRC Inc. – […]

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Photo: Airbus.

Airbus Delivers 400th Lakota Utility Chopper On Time And Under Budget

Next week Airbus Helicopters will deliver the Army its 400th UH-72 Lakota light utility helicopter (LUH), another milestone for a program that has consistently run on-time and under-budget for a decade.  The official handover will occur Aug. 29 at Fort Rucker, Ala., where the Army trains its helicopter aviators. The UH-72 serves as the light […]

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.

Trophy APS Adds Weight To Abrams While Shielding Tank From More Threats

Mounting the Trophy active protection system (APS) on an M1 Abrams results in a net increase in weight of about half a ton to the already 73-ton tank, but achieves a vehicle survivability level that only an unacceptably heavy amount of traditional armor could provide. With Trophy installed “you are protected against a broader range […]

A M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank from 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment engages a target during the company’s Combined Arms Live-Fire Exercise at Fort Stewart, Georgia Feb. 4, 2017.

Army ‘Tees Up’ Decision On Abrams Tank Missile Shields

ABERDEEN TEST CENTER, Md. – By October the Army will have decided whether to outfit a brigade’s worth of Abrams tanks with the Trophy active protection systems (APS) that the service has been studying for months. The Army’s program executive office for ground combat systems (PEO GCS) has finished collecting information that will “tee up” […]