Archive: Army

Battle Command A Major Focus For Army Operations, General Says

By Ann Roosevelt The Army’s new operational doctrine, Field Manual 3-0, requiring forces to be able to conduct simultaneous offense, defense and stability operations reflects and goes beyond the new realities from current conflict. "One of the big [changes] ones, I think is this whole idea of battle command and the centrality of the commander […]

Army Sky Warrior Makes Its Debut

By Ann Roosevelt NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.–The Army’s Extended Range Multi-Purpose Unmanned Aircraft Weapon System made its debut here April 8 at the Army Aviation Association of America’s annual convention. "What a great opportunity to preview our first representative production item here of the Warrior aircraft," Col. Tim Crosby, deputy Program Executive Office Aviation, said standing […]

Bell Helicopter Teams With Army To Advance CBM Technology

Bell Helicopter Textron [TXT] and the Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate (AATD) are teaming to advance the state-of-the-art for Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) Technologies. Bell will begin testing various elements of this system later this year with the program targeted to complete in 2010. The Bell team includes risk-sharing partners Honeywell [HON] and Goodrich [GR], […]

Blackhawk and Atlantic Turbines Form Vector-Hawk Aerospace

Blackhawk Modifications and Atlantic Turbines International have entered a teaming agreement to expand turbine engine capabilities, forming a new company, Vector-Hawk Aerospace, headquartered in Daleville, Ala. The new company will operate separately from the existing businesses of each company, to offer Pratt & Whitney [UTX] PT6A powered government operators a one-stop option for new engine […]

Rockwell Collins, OADS LandSafe(tm) System Offers Brownout Solution

Rockwell Collins [COL] and Optical Air Data Systems, LLC (OADS) have teamed to introduce a new solution called LandSafe(tm) to help helicopters navigate and land safely in degraded visual environments, especially brownout conditions. The LandSafe solution was developed through an exclusive licensing agreement between the two companies and incorporates commercial-off-the-shelf fiber optic laser technology to […]

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 […]