Archive: Army

Lockheed Martin To Build More Arrowhead Targeting Systems

By Ann Roosevelt NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.–Lockheed Martin [LMT] April 7 announced the Army awarded it a $172 million follow-on contract for Arrowhead electro-optical systems for AH-64 Apache helicopter crews. The Arrowhead kit upgrades the infrared sensors and associated electronics on the Army’s Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (TADS/PVNS). "It’s a state of the […]

Cody: Army Aviation Must Keep Making The Hard Choices

By Ann Roosevelt NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.–Army aviation must not defer hard decisions to remain agile, lethal and successful, according to the Army Vice Chief of Staff. "The branch since its inception has made the hard choices," Gen. Richard Cody told the Army Aviation Association of America annual conference here. Army aviation has opportunities, despite being […]

BAE Systems Unveils Helmet-Mounted Display Technology

By Ann Roosevelt NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.–BAE Systems yesterday unveiled its Q-Sight family of helmet displays and tracking products that can bring improved situational awareness to Army pilots, according to officials. "It’s a revolutionary means of moving light using holographic wavelength," John Nix, vice president of business development for BAE’s defense avionics, said at the Army […]

Army Stretched, But Not Hollow Or Broken, Casey Says

By Ann Roosevelt NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.–Six and a half years of war may have stretched the Army, but it’s by no means broken, according to the the Chief of Staff. "We’re stretched and stressed there’s no question about that," Gen. George Casey told the Army Aviation Association of America Annual Conference at National Harbor, Md. […]

Army Expects $500 Million Savings On Chinook Multi-Year Contract

By Ann Roosevelt NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.—By June, Boeing [BA] expects to have signed on to a five-year contract to support the CH-47 Chinook helicopter expected to save the service $500 million, according to officials. "We’ve estimated half a billion savings," Col. Newman Shufflebarger, Army Chinook project manager, said yesterday at the annual Army Aviation Association […]

Supporting The Army Means Timely And Full Funding, Cody Says

By Ann Roosevelt Sustaining the all volunteer force in a time of war and an evolving future seen as one of persistent conflict means the Army needs the funding for the FY ’08 supplemental request and the FY ’09 budget to avoid "substantial impacts" on readiness and unneeded uncertainty and stress in the force, according […]

DoD IG Raps Army Paper Trail In Body Armor Contracts

By Ann Roosevelt The Defense Department Inspector General (DoD IG) finds that contract documentation between January 2004 and December 2006 Army body armor procurement was not adequately maintained, according to Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) requirements. However, the Army has said repeatedly that its top priority is soldier protection, and responds saying: "Since its initial fielding […]

Lockheed Martin Signs $198 Million U.K. Situational Awareness Contract

Lockheed Martin [LMT] U.K.-led Team Athena has signed a $198 million contract with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) for the Land Environment Air Picture Provision (LEAPP) situation awareness program. LEAPP is expected to give ground commanders decision-quality data in near real-time that they can use to coordinate, plan and strike effectively, the company said April […]

BAE Systems To Produce More M777A2 Howitzers

BAE Systems has received a $176 million order from the Defense Department for 87 additional M777A2 155mm towed howitzers. The order adds to the 589 M777A2 howitzers already on order for the U.S. armed forces, of which more than 300 have been delivered. The 155mm towed howitzers purchased under this contract will be delivered in […]

NNSA Calls On Corps of Engineers To Manage Big Plutonium Project

By George Lobsenz The National Nuclear Security Administration, under fire for design, cost and management problems on several major projects, has signed an agreement to have the Army Corps of Engineers serve as construction manager for the Pit Disassembly and Conversion Facility, a first-of-its-kind plutonium disposal facility. Officials at NNSA, the Energy Department’s semi-autonomous nuclear […]