Archive: Army

Sonobuoy SBIR Effort Gaining Interest From Other Services

By Geoff Fein KaZak Composites, Inc., has developed a sonobuoy that can be deployed from a Navy P-3C aircraft from an altitude of 30,000 feet and from a distance of 30 miles from a target, a company official said. Currently, P-3s have to fly at low altitudes to drop sonobuoys to prevent damaging the sonobouy. […]

Lockheed Martin, Kaman Aerospace Demonstrate Unmanned Helo Supply

Lockheed Martin [LMT] and Kaman Aerospace Corp. [KAMN] said they recently demonstrated for the Army and Marine Corps that it’s feasible to transport supplies to ground troops by unmanned helicopter. During 45 minutes of operation at Ft. Eustis, Va., an unmanned K-MAXr helicopter demonstrated autonomous take-off and landing, pick-up and delivery of a 3,000-pound sling […]

Raytheon, Blackwater Team Up For JLTV Competition

By Ann Roosevelt Raytheon [RTN] and BlackwaterUSA have come together as "Team Innovation" to compete for the Army-Marine Corps Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), officials said. Raytheon decided to get into the competition because of its work as a major systems integrator, a core business, John Manning, Raytheon JLTV program manager, told Defense Daily in […]

DoD Eyes Stretching Out Coming MRAP Order, Unclear if MRAP II Will Be Part

By Emelie Rutherford As it prepares for what could be its final order of mine-resistant vehicles next month, the Pentagon is considering spreading out vehicle delivery to allow more time for deciding on the acquisition program’s future, the Pentagon’s top weapons buyer said. Pentagon acquisition executive John Young also told reporters yesterday that the follow-on […]

Gimbaled Camera Coming This Month For FCS Class I UAV

By Ann Roosevelt This month, the Future Combat System’s (FCS) Class 1 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), produced by Honeywell [HON] takes another step forward–with the addition of gimbaled sensors, according to Army officials. Right now, the UAV has fixed electro-optical and infrared cameras. To change the view, the vehicle must be maneuvered. With gimbaled sensors, […]

Lockheed Martin Universal Fire Control System Successfully Launches GMLRS

Lockheed Martin [LMT] May 28 announced it used its new Universal Fire Control System (UFCS) to launch the first Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) rockets from a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) wheeled vehicle launcher during a recent test at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. The UFCS is an evolutionary block upgrade of […]

First Army THAAD Unit Activates

By Ann Roosevelt Alpha Battery, 4th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, 32nd Army Air & Missile Defense Command yesterday became the first Army Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile system battery at Ft. Bliss, Texas. Lockheed Martin [LMT] is the prime contractor for THAAD, which is managed by the Missile […]

Without War Supplemental, Pentagon Asks Congress To Reprogram Funds

By Emelie Rutherford As promised, the Pentagon asked lawmakers for permission on Tuesday to internally reprogram $9.66 billion to cover Army personnel and operational costs as it waits for Congress to pass a delayed war-supplemental funding bill. "This emergency action was necessary to extend Army and defense-wide operations in the absence of requested supplemental appropriations […]

FCS Capabilities: Expanding, Focusing, Soldier Power

By Ann Roosevelt FT. BLISS, Texas–Lifting the fog of war at the sharp end of the spear to make the soldier more effective is the goal of accelerating Future Combat Systems (FCS) technologies for the current force. The Army is pushing responsibility down as far down the ranks as possible, and the new FCS technologies […]

Lockheed Martin Enhanced EQ-36 Radar Ready For LRIP

Lockheed Martin [LMT] said it recently completed a successful Critical Design Review (CDR) for the Enhanced AN/TPQ-36 counter-fire target acquisition (EQ-36) radar. The on-schedule completion of this final design step clears the way for the program to move into an initial production phase for five radar systems. The Army’s new EQ-36 radar will provide the […]