Archive: Army

General Dynamics Foundation, U.K. MoD, Conference Examines Network Future

Senior U.K. military commanders and experts will debate the future of land digitization at a conference next month organized by General Dynamics [GD] UK Research Foundation and the U.K. Ministry of Defense. The May 8 London conference will be the latest in the Whither Warfare series, and will examine progress in the delivery of network […]

Pentagon’s Acquisition Chief Taking Steps To Improve Program Execution

By Geoff Fein The Pentagon’s chief weapons buyer is looking to a number of efforts such as competitive prototyping to improve program execution and help deliver systems and technologies to warfighters quicker. John Young, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, is also examining ways to rein in costs, bring stability to acquisition […]

iRobot FCS Contract Work Tops $60 Million

By Ann Roosevelt iRobot Corp. [IRBT] Future Combat Systems (FCS) contract is now valued at about $63 million with the April 21 announcement of a $6 million agreement on the acceleration of the Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle (SUGV) with the FCS Lead Systems Integrator (LSI) Boeing [BA] and SAIC [SAI] . SUGV is a tactical […]

Congress Short-Changes Defense; Huge Funding Increases Needed To Support Existing, Future Programs Including Procurement Of Major Weapons Platforms: AIA Report

The federal government needs to step up to the challenge and fully fund myriad defense programs, specifically including procurement of ships, tanks, planes, missiles and more, the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) stated in a new report. The AIA noted that its warning comes as war costs, bills to pay for replacing or repairing platforms damaged […]

Modernization Continues At ATK Lake City Ammunition Plant

By Ann Roosevelt ATK [ATK] continues modernizing the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence, Mo., even as the plant produces about 1.4 billion cartridges a year as the primary production source for small caliber ammunition. "The only remaining small caliber Army ammunition plant is Lake City…we are considered a national asset," Randy Wisian, ATK […]

Successful Test For Lockheed Martin ATACMS Unitary Missile

Lockheed Martin [LMT] successfully launched an Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) Unitary missile from a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launcher equipped with a Universal Fire Control System (UFCS) during a flight test March 20 at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. The missile flew the planned trajectory and hit the target at a range […]

Apache Block III Prepares For First Flight, Officials Say

By Ann Roosevelt The first prototype flight of the Block III version of the AH-64 Apache helicopter is scheduled for July 9, according to Army and Boeing [BA] officials. The Block III Apache was not designed for Apache battalion commanders, Mark Hayes, Army Training and Doctrine Command Capabilities Manager, said at the Army’s Quad A […]

Army Light Utility Helicopter Program Costs Rise In SAR

By Ann Roosevelt Modifications and procurement changes account for a program cost increase of more than 11 percent for the Army’s new Light Utility Helicopter (LUH), produced by the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. (EADS), officials said. The most recent Defense Department Selected Acquisition Report released April 7 reported the LUH "[p]rogram costs increased […]

IAC Advanced Diagnostics Credited With Saving Apache Helicopter

By Ann Roosevelt NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.–Intelligent Automation Corporation (IAC) said its advanced Health and Usage Monitoring Systems (HUMS) installed on Army AH-64 Apache helicopters is credited with accurately detecting and diagnosing impending tail rotor swashplate bearing faults in five Apaches. Tear down analysis, conducted on the tail rotor swashplate assembly, confirmed that the extent of […]

Lockheed Martin DAGR Successful In Recent Testing, Company Says

By Ann Roosevelt Lockheed Martin [LMT] said it recently completed another series of successful tests of the Direct Attack Guided Rocket (DAGR) semi-active laser guidance kits for 2.75 inch/70mm rockets. The DAGR guidance kit adapts to rockets such as the Hydra 70 and CRV-7, with high explosive and blast fragmentation warheads, to provide guided-rocket performance […]