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Army Upgrading More Strykers To A1 Configuration, Testing AI System On Bradleys

The Army announced upgrades Tuesday for two of its vehicles with a $258 million deal to modernize more Stryker fighting vehicles to the A1 configuration and a new prototype agreement to test artificial intelligence software on Bradley M2A3s. General Dynamics [GD] received the new contract on June 21 to update 116 Stryker flat-bottom vehicles to […]

The V-280 Valor prototype on the flight line at Bell's Amarillo, Texas, manufacturing facility. (Photo by Dan Parsons)

Bell: V-280 Built From Scratch As Production-Ready Aircraft

Call it a prototype or an experimental aircraft, but with the V-280 Valor, Bell is offering the Army a vertical lift platform it can take almost directly into production, according to company officials. “This is meant to be a production aircraft,” Scott Drennan, director of innovation at Bell, said June 25 at the annual expo […]

Lockheed Martin's ATACMS

Lockheed Martin Receives $358 Million ATACMS Deal, Readying Precision Strike Missile Testing In 2019

Lockheed Martin [LMT] has received a $358 million deal to produce ATACMS missiles for the Army and a foreign customer, while the company readies to begin testing in 2019 for the program’s replacement, the Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) offering, officials said Monday. Under the deal announced Monday, Lockheed Martin will modernize and refurbish 290 ATACMS […]


Army Wants Experimental Attack Helicopters Flying By 2023

  Within the next five years, the Army wants at least two AH-64 Apache-sized armed reconnaissance helicopter prototypes up and flying, according to a notice the service issued June 22. The so-called “Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft Competitive Prototype (FARA CP)” seeks to design, build, and test technically mature aircraft in an operationally relevant environment, the […]


Sikorsky/Boeing ‘Defiant’ Utility Rotorcraft Prototype On Schedule For 2018 First Flight

In Palm Beach, Fla., a team of Sikorsky and Boeing [BA] engineers is diligently progressing toward a 2018 first-flight of the SB-1 Defiant next-generation rotorcraft. “We continue to achieve milestones in support of flying Defiant in 2018,” the company said in a prepared statement emailed to sister publication R&WI. “The Sikorsky-Boeing team continues its rigorous testing program […]

Sikorsky S-97 Raider during its first flight in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Sikorsky’s Prototype Attack Chopper Lifts Off After Nearly A Year On The Ground

The Sikorsky S-97 Raider’s flight test program has lifted off after being grounded for nearly a year. The demonstrator met its flight objectives Tuesday. Sikorsky Vice President for Future Vertical Lift Dan Spoor said test pilots Bill Fell and John Groth flew the complete flight test card, flying the aircraft for 90 minutes at Sikorsky’s facility […]

Army Gen. Mark Milley, chief of staff of the Army, addresses the National Guard Association of the United States 138th General Conference, Baltimore, Md., Sept. 10, 2016. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jim Greenhill)

Army Needs New Cyber, Hypersonics Technologies To Meet ‘Changing Character Of War,’ Milley Says

The Army chief of staff wants to see an industry push on critical cyber and hypersonics technologies to surpass near-peer adversaries race toward emerging capabilities he described as “changing the character of war.” Gen. Mark Milley, chief of staff, told attendees at a Thursday event on national security that the push towards establishing a Futures […]

L3's Enhanced Night Vision Goggle-Binocular

L-3 Receives $391 Million To Deliver Army’s Next-Gen Night Vision Binoculars

L3 Technologies [LLL] officials Monday announced a three-year, $391 million to deliver the Army’s next-generation binocular night vision goggles. The contract for L3’s Enhanced Night Vision Goggle-Binocular (ENVG-B), awarded in May, will meet the Army’s requirement for devices that offer improved infrared and electro-optical night vision capabilities for warfighters. “These advanced night vision capabilities reflect […]

Don Sando, deputy to the commanding general of the Army’s Maneuver Center of Excellence, speaks at the Eurosatory conference in Paris. Photo: Matthew Beinart.

Army Looking For Industry Solutions To Expand Soldier Control Of Robotics, Autonomous Vehicles

PARIS–The Army is actively looking to industry for new robotics capabilities to tether unmanned ground and air systems, including tools to allow soldiers control over multiple autonomous vehicles from one system. Don Sando, deputy to commanding general of the Army’s Maneuver Center of Excellence, told attendees at the Eurosatory conference here last week that the […]