Archive: Army

UH-72A Lakota.
Photo: Airbus.

Leonardo Drops Lakota Lawsuit, Clearing Way For Airbus Army Sale

Following a loss in court on a related case and a scathing rebuke from a competing aircraft manufacturer, Leonardo Helicopters has decided to withdraw a lawsuit challenging the Army’s purchase of Airbus UH-72 Lakota helicopters in fiscal 2017. “In light of the Appellate Court ruling, Leonardo Helicopters has decided to discontinue any further legal action […]

UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters carrying distinguished visitors arrive for Army Day 2018, Feb. 9, 2018, Kuwait Naval Base, Kuwait. Army Day was the opening event for U.S. Central Command’s Component Commanders Conference that allowed U.S. Army Central to showcase the Army’s capabilities at the theater level. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Ty McNeeley, U.S. ARCENT PAO)

Army Could Curtail Some Overseas Missions To Patch Readiness Holes

To fulfill all of the Army’s global responsibilities, soldiers typically spend as much time deployed as they do at home between missions, inspiring service leaders to see which missions might be scrapped to give troops more down time and ultimately beef up readiness for when they do ship out. “We are deploying at a higher […]

A light armored vehicle prototype fires an integrated 30mm cannon during a live fire demonstration July 15 at Fort Benning, Ga. Photo: Army.

Army Expects Quick Modernization Wins Through Rapid Prototyping

Now funded and fully operational, the Army expects some quick wins from the teams it set up to tackle its most pressing modernization priorities, though some technical nuts will be harder to crack than others, according to service officials. Even though its new Futures Command should be up and running this summer, the Army “can’t […]

U. S. Army CH-47 Chinook D/F
Photo: Boeing

Army Again Needs Logistics Capability It Had, But Withdrew From Afghanistan

With a renewed and increasing troop presence in Afghanistan, the Army is having to reestablish logistics support capabilities it once had to supply distributed soldiers with fuel, food, ammunition and other supplies, according to a logistics officer who recently returned from a tour there. Col. Michael Lalor, commander of 1st Armored Division Sustainment Brigade stationed […]

U.S. Soldiers, assigned to the 2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, secure their Battalion headquarters in a M1 Abrams Tank, during Decisive Action Rotation 17-04 at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif., Feb 19, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. JD Sacharok, Operations Group, National Training Center)

Army To Equip Three Tank Brigades With Trophy Missile Shields

The Army’s fiscal 2019 budget request includes funding to equip three Armored Brigade Combat Teams worth of Abrams tanks with Trophy active protection systems (APS) capable of knocking down enemy guided missiles. Together with the 87 Trophy systems included in fiscal 2018 Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding, the Army is preparing to purchase 369 of […]

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Aviation Pays For Ground Combat Vehicles And Munitions As Army Preps For High-End War

Ground combat systems have overtaken aviation as the most expensive Army procurement portfolio, mainly to reinforce a return to fighting high-end decisive conflict in Europe and elsewhere. Aviation procurement took a $400 million, or 10 percent, hit in the Army’s budget request unveiled Feb. 12, the third year in a row aircraft procurement has paid […]

Dragoons from Lightning Troop, 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment advance in a Stryker during a joint training exercise with Lithuanian soldiers in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve at Pabrade Training Area, Lithuania, March 2, 2015. Photo: DVIDS

$9.5 Billion Army Budget Hike Funds Endstrength, Modernization In FY19

The Army’s fiscal 2019 budget request provides a nearly $10 billion boost in funding aimed at growing the force while providing more for daily operations, procurement and modernization. At $148.4 billion, the Army’s fiscal 2019 base budget request comes in at $9.5 billion, or 7 percent, above the fiscal 2018 request. The spending plan released […]

Bell V-280 Valor concept art. (Bell Helicopter)

Forget Bases: Army’s Futures Command May Flourish In A City

The Army wants to establish its new Futures Command in a technically-savvy city with access to academia, entrepreneurs and its own bases by summer, but will take about a year to iron out exactly what the modernization-focused organization will look like. “The type of command we’re looking for, it doesn’t have flags out front or […]

Medium Tactical Vehicles (MTVs)

Oshkosh Inks $476 Million Deal To Keep Building Army Trucks

With a new, nearly half-billion-dollar contract, Oshkosh Defense [OSK] remains the incumbent manufacturer of the Army’s Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV). The Army on Feb. 7 awarded Oshkosh Defense the $476 million, seven-year deal to build the FMTV A2 variant. Oshkosh has held the FMTV contract since 2009 but was pitted last year against […]

Cpl. Carlo Deldonno, 2017 Army Reserve Best Warrior NCO of the Year, shoots a M4 rifle on a known distance range. 2017 Army Reserve Best Warrior winners and runners up train at Fort Devens, Mass. for three weeks to prepare for the Department of Army Best Warrior Competition.

Army Fast Tracking New, More Powerful, Small Arms

Anticipating the need to fire at long ranges against troops equipped with advanced body armor, the Army is fast-tracking introduction of new small arms that provide better ballistics performance at lighter weights than the M16 and M4 carbine carried currently. Plans are to begin fielding the squad designated marksman rifle (SDMR), which is carried by […]