Archive: Navy/USMC

A BQM-177A aerial target drone is launched. (Photo: Kratos)

Kratos Delivers First New Drone Cruise Missile Target To Navy

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc.  [KTOS] has delivered the first of 45 BQM-177A year one subsonic aerial target systems for the Navy, the company and service announced this week. The target systems are being delivered under a $37 million first year low-rate initial production (LRIP) contract for aircraft meant to simulate cruise missile targets. […]

The Echo Voyager unmanned undersea vehicle. Photo: Boeing.

Navy Plans to Accelerate UUVs, Changing Acquisition Strategies

The Senate Appropriations Committee’s report on the annual defense appropriations bill revealed major changes to the acquisition strategies of the large displacement and extra large unmanned undersea vehicle (LDUUV and XLUUV) programs. The Navy requested $92.6 million in the FY ’19 budget request to start building two Phase I prototype LDUUVs. However, the Senate bill’s […]

Navy P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft. Photo. U.S. Navy

New Zealand To Buy Four P-8A Poseidon Aircraft for $1.6 Billion

The New Zealand government on Monday approved a plan to acquire four Boeing [BA] P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft for $1.6 billion to replace its six legacy P-3K2 Orion aircraft. The Poseidons will be bought in a direct source procurement through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. The aircraft are scheduled to be delivered […]

An MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter conducts underway operations with an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter and the  littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS-4) in late June 2018. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Navy’s Unmanned Helicopter Completes Operational Shipboard Test

The Navy’s Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 (VX-1) finished the first comprehensive operational test of its new shipboard unmanned helicopter late last month, the service said on Monday.  Initial operational test and evaluation of the Northrop Grumman [NOC] MQ-8C Fire Scout, conducted June 29, saw the aircraft perform several mission scenarios aboard the Independence-variant Littoral […]

The JCREW system being tested in the dismounted configuration. Photo: U.S. Navy, Oct. 2014.

Northrop Grumman Awarded $96.5 Million Counter-IED Production Mod

The Navy late last month awarded Northrop Grumman [NOC] a $96.5 million modification to exercise options for full-rate production of the Joint Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device (RCIEDO Electronic Warfare (JCREW) system. The award covers Increment One Block One systems in full-rate production to support the Expeditionary Warfare Program office, PMS-408. JCREW is a jammer […]

Screenshot from a video demonstrating General Atomics' proposed MQ-25 deck control  using a Predator C surrogate aircraft. (Image: General Atomics).

General Atomics Using New Tank To Maximize Fuel Capacity On MQ-25 Offering

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) is planning to use a new tank structure to maximize fuel capacity on its offering for the Navy’s MQ-25 unmanned aerial tanker after successful production readiness testing in April, officials said on Thursday. The integrated fuel tank for the MQ-25 Stingray would increase fuel offload while minimizing technical risks, […]

The U.S. Navy’s Expeditionary Fast Transport vessel USNS City of Bismarck (EPF-9) is launched in Mobile, Ala. On June 7, 2017. (Photo: David Stoltz, U.S. Navy).

EPF-10 Finishes Builder’s Trials

The Navy’s next Expeditionary Fast Transport vessel, the future USNS Burlington (EPF-10), successfully finished its builder’s trials on June 29, the Navy said on Thursday. The ship was built by Austal USA at its shipyard in Mobile, Ala. The trails lasted for a week and started pierside for dock trials. The Supervisor of Shipbuilding Gulf […]

Textron's Common Unmanned Surface Vehicle. Photo: Textron

Officials Says Fully Automated Mine Countermeasure Vessels Still A Long Way Off, Updates Current Progress

Although unmanned programs are developing quickly, the Navy is not close to fully automated systems like a single stride counter-mine vessel, according to a service official.  Howard Berkof, deputy program manager of PMS-406, within program Executive Office (PEO) Unmanned and Small Combatants (USC), told Defense Daily in an interview last month that the systems being […]

The Echo Voyager unmanned undersea vehicle. Photo: Boeing.

Streamlining Acquisition Is Working, Unmanned Navy Official Says

The deputy program manager for the Navy’s unmanned maritime systems program office said the service is streamlining and quickening acquisition as the service acquisitions chief’s strategy of pushing responsibilities down is working well. Howard Berkof, deputy program manager of PMS-406, within program Executive Office (PEO) USC, told Defense Daily in an interview in late June […]

Schiebel Camcopter S-100

Schiebel Demos Camcopter UAV Trials for Belgian Navy

Schiebel has successfully completed trials for the Camcopter S-100 anmanned aircraft system (UAS) for the Belgian Navy, the company said. The tests demonstrated search and rescue as well as maritime surveillance capabilities. Schiebel’s trials for the Belgian Navy were aimed at building an enhanced knowledge base and developing a successful concept of operations. This was […]