Archive: Army

The AN/TPQ-53 Radar System. (Photo: Lockheed Martin.)

Lockheed Martin Nabs Contract To Extend Q-53 Range

Lockheed Martin [LMT] said Monday it won a U.S. Army contract modification to extend the range of the AN/TPQ-53 (Q-53) radar range as part of a full-rate production configuration. This update will have the company insert Gallium Nitride (GaN) into the Q-53, which the company said will add power for capabilities like long-range counterfire target […]

Lockheed Martin’s AESA ARES radar technology demonstrator using gallium nitride (GaN) technology. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Lockheed Martin And Raytheon Advance In Patriot Radar Replacement

Lockheed Martin [LMT] and Raytheon [RTN] confirmed Monday they are both advancing in the U.S. Army’s Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensors (LTAMDS) downselect to replace the legacy Patriot missile defense radar system. LTAMDS seeks to replace the current MPQ-65 Patriot radar. A year ago Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman [NOC], and Technovative Applications won […]

Secretary of the Army Mark Esper and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley hold a press conference at the 2018 AUSA conference. Photo: Matthew Beinart.

Army Moving At Least $25 Billion In Future Funding To Modernization Priorities

Top Army leadership has identified at least $25 billion in proposed funding over the next five years that it plans to shift from equipment items to its top modernization and readiness priorities, with the number expected to grow as officials begin assessing lower tier manning and training priorities. Army Secretary Mark Esper told reporters at […]

A 1:10 scale model of the SB-1 Defiant at the 2018 ASUA annual conference. (Photo by Dan Parsons)

SB-1 Defiant Complete Except For Main Rotor Blades, Ground Runs to Begin in November

Installation of its eight 30-foot-long rigid rotor blades is all the SB-1 Defiant needs to be a complete compound helicopter scheduled for a first flight before the end of the year. “Defiant has been completely built, minus the rotor blades,” Rich Koucheravy, Sikorsky’s [LMT] future vertical lift director, said Oct. 8 at the Association of […]

Developed by General Motors and the Army, the Colorado ZH2 hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicle. Photo: GM

GM Names Retired Army General Charlton As President Of Defense Unit

General Motors [GM] is transitioning its year-old defense subsidiary to a more active role in terms of customer outreach and marketing now that the legal paperwork is out of the way and has named John Charlton, a retired Army two-star general, as president. Charlton and General Motors Defense LLC will be based in Washington, D.C., […]

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

Sikorsky S-97 Raider Prototype Meets, Beats 200 Knots in Level Flight

Sikorsky’s S-97 Raider light attack prototype has exceeded 200 knots in level forward flight and is expected to continue ramping up to at least 220 knots, a speed unachievable in a traditional helicopter. Experimental Test Pilot Bill Fell said the Raider, which features dual coaxial rigid main rotors for lift and an aft propulsor, is […]


Army Launches Prototype Competition For Future Light Attack Aircraft

The Army has officially kicked off a competition for industry to design its next light scout aircraft, called the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft, or FARA. Details of the program were published Oct. 3 in a solicitation on the government’s contracting website. The Army lays out a four-phase competitive prototyping effort that should yield operational, experimental […]

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

Bell Developing Future Light Scout Aircraft For U.S. Army

While flight testing the Black Hawk-sized V-280 advanced tiltrotor, Bell [TXT] also has developed a smaller aircraft in anticipation of the U.S. Army’s need for a light scout aircraft, according to CEO Mitch Snyder. While the Army initially prioritized a medium-sized long-range assault aircraft in the size range of a Black Hawk, earlier this year […]

A visualization of Northrop Grumman's Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS)

Northrop Grumman Receives $289 Million For IBCS Upgrades, Looking At 2020 LRIP Decision

The Army has awarded Northrop Grumman [NOC] a $289 million deal to continue work on the company’s next-generation missile defense command platform, including critical operations center and software upgrades, with the goal of reaching a potential low-rate initial production decision in 2020, officials said Monday. Northrop is tasked with upgrading its Integrated Air and Missile […]