Archive: Army

Pentagon Preparing To Buy $1.7 Billion In MRAPs, Possibly Final Hurrah For Program

By Emelie Rutherford The Pentagon is expected to order 1,610 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles in coming days, though the $1.7 billion purchase will not include the next-generation MRAP II vehicles, sources said. "It’s definite" the MRAP II vehicles will not be included in the order, likely to be placed with multiple companies, one […]

Northrop Grumman, Oshkosh, JLTV Armor Successful In Tests

Northrop Grumman [NOC] and Oshkosh Defense [OSK] announced their offering for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) family has undergone successful armor testing as the Army-Marine Corps program nears selecting competing teams to move forward. Oshkosh and Plasan USA, which was selected to design and engineer the vehicle’s armor in February, conducted ballistic and mine-blast […]

AeroVironment Awarded $200 Million USSOCOM Contract For Puma AE

AeroVironment Inc. [AVAV] recently said the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) has selected Puma AE as its All Environment Capable Variant (AECV) for its Small Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) requirement under a contract with a potential total of $200 million. The one-year Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract, with four one-year options provides for the […]

Air Force, Army Brass Discuss New UAS Concept of Operations

By Emelie Rutherford Army and Air Force brass met yesterday to start developing a common concept of operations (CONOPS) for unmanned aircraft used in joint operations across the full spectrum of conflict. The meeting at Langley AFB, Va., follows an agreement the two services reached early this year to develop a process to identify and […]

New Distance Record For Lockheed Martin GMLRS

The Army recently established a new 85-kilometer distance record for the Lockheed Martin [LMT] Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System rocket, the company said. The rocket destroyed a target 85 kilometers from the launch site during a system demonstration at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. The previous maximum range for GMLRS was 70 kilometers. The Army’s […]

SOCJFCOM Aims To Improve SOF-Conventional Force Integration

By Ann Roosevelt Special Operations Command-Joint Forces Command (SOCJFCOM) works to improve how Special Operations Forces (SOF) and conventional forces operate together to benefit warfighter readiness, the commander said. Much of the work is to "ensure different elements of military power talk to each other," Army Col. Wesley Rehorn, SOCJFCOM commander, said at the recent […]

Navistar Defense Receives More Orders For Severe Service Vehicles

Navistar Defense LLC [NAV] yesterday said it has received six more delivery orders for severe service vehicles. The orders, awarded by Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command, combined with two previous delivery orders placed on Sept. 28, are collectively worth up to $37 million for 291 vehicles and parts, the company said. Under the contract, […]

Pennsylvania National Guard Stryker Unit Prepares For Iraq

By Ann Roosevelt The Defense Department yesterday said the 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT), 28th Infantry Div., Pennsylvania National Guard is among the units scheduled to deploy to Iraq in early 2009. "Everyone pretty much knew it was coming," Public Affairs Spec. Matthew Jones told Defense Daily. The SBCT sent two infantry companies and […]

FCS Needs No New Funds To Accelerate, Officials Say

By Ann Roosevelt No new funds will be requested to accelerate the Army’s approximately $160 billion Future Combat System (FCS), service leaders said yesterday while detailing plans to accelerate the first mature technologies and equipment to the Infantry Brigade Combat Teams (IBCTs) ahead of the Heavy Brigade Combat Teams (HBCTs). Lt. Gen. Stephen Speakes, Army […]

Army Tightens FCS Focus On Infantry And Current Fight

By Ann Roosevelt The Army today is expected to detail its decision to revamp its $160 billion major modernization program Future Combat Systems (FCS) to focus first on Infantry Brigade Combat Teams (IBCTs) rather than Heavy BCTs and compressing the test schedule to support immediate needs in the current operational environment, sources said. The Army […]