Archive: Army

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)

US Army Aviation to Establish Master Open Architecture Lab by December

By December, U.S. Army Aviation expects to open its new Combat Aviation Brigade Architecture Integration Lab (CAB AIL) at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, to integrate government and industry prototyping and improve planning for the entire rotorcraft fleet. Several labs will ultimately be consolidated into the CAB AIL, including the rotary wing aviation software integration lab (RWA-SIL), […]

AH-64 Apache Helicopters
Photo: U.S. Army

Congress Adds Funding And Training Dollars, Calls For Aviation Studies To Divert Crisis

Included in the compromise defense authorization bill for fiscal 2019 is more than $40 billion aimed squarely at ending the aviation crisis that already has claimed 25 servicemembers’ lives in 2018. The 2019 National Defense Authorization Act Conference Report authorizes that amount to “begin to overcome the crisis in military aviation by getting more aircraft […]

Boeing MH-47G. (Boeing Photo)

Boeing Doing Brisk Business With Half-Billion Dollars In Chinook Contracts

With an Army contract for 150 CH-47 helicopters July 19, Boeing [BA] in one week has sold more than half a billion dollars worth of Chinooks and support services for the heavylift helicopters.  On the heels of a $140 million contract to build four MH-47G Block II aircraft, Boeing [BA] has sealed a quarter-billion-dollar deal […]

Apache Attack Helicopter. Photo: Boeing

Lockheed, Northrop Partnership Brings In $170 Million For Apache Radar Upgrades

The Longbow, LLC joint venture between Lockheed Martin [LMT] and Northrop Grumman [NOC] has sealed a $170.5 million deal to provide the U.S. Army and three other nations with AH-64E Apache gunship radar upgrades. Announced July 18, the contract is for Longbow fire-control radar (FCR) mast-mounted assemblies, radar electronics units (REU) and spares under lots seven […]

Lt. Gen. Paul Ostrowski, director of Army Acquisition Corps

Official: Army Using Investments Boost To Drive New Requirements Approach, Fix Lagging Modernization

The Army plans to use its growing investment budget over the next two years to drive a new technology-informed approach to requirements and address modernization that’s left the service lagging behind near-peer competitors’ in future capabilities, a senior acquisition official said Wednesday. Lt. Gen. Paul Ostrowski, director of the Army Acquisition Corps, said the Army […]

Gen. John Murray, commander of Army Futures Command

Lt. Gen. John Murray Nominated To Lead Army Futures Command

Lt. Gen. John Murray has been nominated to receive a fourth star and lead the Army’s modernization efforts as commander of the new Futures Command. Murray, who currently serves as deputy chief of staff G-8, would oversee the Army’s entire modernization command and an operation of around 500 personnel. The nomination arrives after senior Army […]

Raytheon's Coyote small unmanned aerial system (UAS). Photo: Defense Daily.

Army Taps Raytheon Drone-Radar Combo For Urgent Counter-UAS Capability

The U.S. Army will use Raytheon’s [RTN] Coyote unmanned aircraft system and the KRFS radar, as a near-term counter-unmanned aircraft system (UAS) capability to protect deployed units from enemy drones. Raytheon has delivered 40 KRFS, or Ku band radio frequency system, units to date, with as many as 32 deployed with Army units overseas. The company is finalizing development […]

The Texas State Capitol in Austin. (Photo by Dan Parsons)

Army Futures Command To Call Texas Capital Home, Becomes Operational

A team of six Army personnel landed in Austin, Texas, on July 13 to establish a beachhead for the new Futures Command, which will bring the service’s entire modernization apparatus under a single commander. Austin won out because it boasts “talent, the entrepreneurial spirit and access to key partners” as well as “the quality of […]