Archive: Army

Northrop Grumman Demonstrates Advanced EHF Satellite Interface With Terminals

Northrop Grumman [NOC] said earlier this month it has demonstrated the interface compatibility of the next-generation Advanced Extremely High Frequency (EHF) military communications satellite with user ground terminals using the new Extended Data Rate (XDR) waveform and protocols. The tests were conducted using an Army user terminal as well as a terminal configuration to be […]


Boeing Gains $77 Million Pact For LAIRCM Laser Tracker Gear The Air Force gave the McDonnell Douglas Corp. unit of The Boeing Co. [BA] a $77 million contract change for laser tracker gear. McDonnell Douglas, at its Long Beach, Calif. installation, is being awarded an undefinitzed contract modification for CCP 0575, Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasure […]

Defense Watch

The Latest Word On Trends And Developments In Aerospace And Defense D-Day. Mark the calendar. Put the Air Force acquisition shop on speed-dial. The Defense Acquisition Board meets today to decide the fate of the KC-X aerial refueling tanker replacement program. A decision whether the initial contract worth up to $40 billion goes to Boeing […]

Edgewood Chem/Bio Center to test Chemical and Biological Detectors

The Army’s Edgewood Chemical Biological Center Technology Evaluation Team will be sponsoring Technology Readiness Evaluations in the current fiscal year to evaluate advanced chemical detector technologies of Toxic Industrial Chemicals and to evaluate advanced biological detectors and collectors as well as combined detector/collector technologies that can distinguish air samples as biological threat versus non-biological threat […]

General Dynamics Protests Lockheed Martin CAMC2 Win

By Ann Roosevelt General Dynamics [GD] C4 Systems Feb. 8 protested to the Government Accountability Office the Army’s award to Lockheed Martin [LMT] of production and support for the Common Army/Marine Command and Control (CAMC2). "It would be inappropriate to comment because the matter is in litigation," a General Dynamics spokeswoman said. The contract was […]

Army, Navy Fire Scouts: Similar Look, But Treading Different Paths

Looking across the production line at Northrop Grumman’s [NOC] Mississippi facility, it’s hard for anyone to tell the difference between the Army and Navy variants of the MQ-8B Fire Scout. But the differences are there and they extend beyond payloads and capabilities. The official Army program is the Future Combat System (FCS) Class 4 Unmanned […]

Army Orders More AeroVironment Raven UAVs

AeroVironment Inc. [AVAV] Feb. 7 announced a $45.8 million Army award for additional RQ-11B Raven small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and associated services by the exercise of a one-year option under an existing multi-year contract. Each Raven system typically consists of three aircraft, a ground control station, system spares, and related services. In fiscal year […]

JFCOM Lays Out 2008 Plans For Noble Resolve

By Calvin Biesecker The U.S. Joint Forces Command (JFCOM) and U.S Northern Command (NORTHCOM) have begun planning for this year’s experimentation campaign for homeland defense and military support of civilian authorities, with a focus on five key areas. The five focus areas for Noble Resolve this year are information sharing, maritime domain awareness, counter-weapons of […]

Report Slams SLAMRAAM For Lack Of Criteria

The Surface-Launched Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (SLAMRAAM) program lacks effective evaluation yardsticks because the Army has relied on a plan provided by Raytheon Co. [RTN] instead of following more objective rules, according to the Project on Government Oversight (POGO), a private watchdog group. POGO based its finding on a report of the Department of […]

JIEDDO: Costing The Enemy More Every Day

By Ann Roosevelt For the enemy involved in IEDs, the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) is out to raise the risks of that effort every day, according to the director. "You’re an enemy in one of those networks, in one of those theaters, where we’re fighting, tomorrow’s got to be more risky than […]