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By 2025, the Army sees ground troops conducting foot patrols in urban terrain with robots—called Squad Multipurpose Equipment Transport vehicles—that carry rucksacks and other equipment. Unmanned aircraft could serve as spotters, according to the Army’s new strategy for robotic and autonomous systems. They could also deliver cargo, reducing reliance on rotary-wing support and facilitating sustainment. (U.S. Army image)

Modular, Open Software Key To Fielding Army Ground Robots

Robotic and autonomous systems, deemed necessary for the Army to fight future wars, may be out of its price range unless the service can harness affordably upgradeable, open-architecture systems to keep the cost of acquisition and sustainment down, according to Paul Rogers, director of the Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC). “Affordability will […]

The CH-53K King Stallion arrives at Naval Air Station, Patuxent River on June 30, 2017.  Photo courtesy U.S. Navy. (PRNewsfoto/Lockheed Martin)

Lockheed Martin Sikorsky Pairs With Rheinmetall for German Helo Competition

Lockheed Martin [LMT] said Tuesday its Sikorsky division has signed a strategic teaming agreement with Germany’s Rheinmetall to bid the CH-53K helicopter for the German Air Force helicopter competition, where it is battling against the Boeing [BA] CH-47. Rheinmetall is the lead teammate in its bid, Sikorsky said. “With Rheinmetall as the strategic partner for […]

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Polaris Unveils Optionally-Manned Light Ground Vehicle

Polaris has introduced an optionally-manned version of the light all-terrain vehicle it builds for the Marine Corps and Special Operations Command.  The advanced MRZR-X multi-mode, connected vehicle platform was unveiled at the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International defense conference in National Harbor, Md The Marine Corps has purchased about 150 Polaris MRZR D4 light […]

Army Orders Another $106 Million Worth Of JLTVs

The Army on Feb. 2 placed an eighth order for Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV) that will replace a portion of its and the Marine Corps’ Humvee fleets. Oshkosh Defense [OSK] took home a $106 million order for 416 JLTVs and 832 associated installed and packaged kits. The previous order for the trucks came in […]

Ryan McCarthy, the Under Secretary of the Army, poses for his official portrait in the Army portrait studio at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, Aug. 3, 2017.  (U.S. Army photo by Monica King)

UPDATED: Army Wants New Combat Vehicles, Helicopters ‘Substantially’ Sooner Than Originally Planned

The Army’s number-two civilian, who is overseeing a massive restructuring of the service’s weapons development and acquisition process, wants to push up prototyping and experimentation of new combat vehicles and aircraft “substantially sooner” than originally planned. “Some things I will be looking at here in the February timeframe is the potential … to expedite the […]

Lockheed Martin conducts a flight test of the Miniature Hit-to-Kill (MHTK) interceptor at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. on Jan. 26. (Photo: Lockheed Martin)

Lockheed Martin Conducts Another MHTK Test

Lockheed Martin [LMT] completed a successful controlled flight test of its Miniature Hit-to-Kill (MHTK) interceptor at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. on Jan. 26, the company said Tuesday. This was the first flight test of the MHTK’s upgraded electronics and the second for its new airframe. A Lockheed Martin spokesperson told Defense Daily the test’s […]

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Army Awards BAE Systems $8 Million Deal For New Precision-Guidance Kits

BAE Systems has received an $8 million deal to develop new precision-guidance kits to the Army aimed to improve the accuracy of 155-millimeter artillery munitions. Under the deal, announced Jan. 30, BAE is tasked with developing new kits to enable Army munitions to make in-flight course corrections in environment where GPS systems may be jammed. […]

Aerial drone image of an M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank crew, from the 1st Armor Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, conducting Table VI Gunnery at Fort Stewart, Ga. December 8, 2016.

Army’s Vehicle Missile Shields On Hold Pending Better Testing

The Army’s missile shields for the Abrams tank, Bradley and Stryker need more testing before their worth to soldiers is proven and the expense of retrofitting them onto the vehicles is warranted, according to the Pentagon’s chief weapon tester. In its annual report on major Defense Department and service-specific programs, the Director of Test and […]

Lockheed Martin's PAC-3 missile, part of the Patriot air defense capability. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Officials: Hypervelocity Weapon Transitioning To Services This Year; New Army Missile Defense Strategy To Be Finished This Summer

The Defense Department’s Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO) expects to start transitioning the hypervelocity gun weapon system (HGWS) to the services over the next year, an official said last Thursday. Vincent Sabio, program manager for the HGWS program at SCO, said at a Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) event that the office is aiming […]