Archive: Navy/USMC

The USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) fires a Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) during a military exercise on June 14, 2015. Photo: U.S. Navy.

Raytheon Awarded $242 Million RAM Block 2 Contract

The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) on Thursday awarded Raytheon [RTN] a $242 million contract for a Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) Block 2 guided missile round pack destined for the U.S. Navy and Qatar. The RAM system is designed to provide anti-ship missile defense for various naval platforms. The contract covers the missile round pack, […]

Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.), chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces

Wittman Sketches Shipbuilding Challenges: Maintain $26 Billion But Add $3 Billion When Columbia Subs Start

The chair of the House Armed Services Committee’s (HASC) seapower panel on Thursday said the FY ’18 shipbuilding authorization of $26.2 billion should be maintained before adding $3 billion when the Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) starts production. “I think even the Navy hasn’t been as direct as they need to be with the 30-year […]

Federal Aviation Administration National Capital Region No Drone Zone signage. Graphic: Federal Aviation Administration.

Mattis To Congress, FAA: Military Needs More Authority To Shoot Down Drones Over Bases

Privately owned drones routinely violate restricted airspace over military bases, ships and airfields and the Pentagon wants more authority to shoot them down, Defense Secretary James Mattis on May 9 told lawmakers. The military can disrupt or destroy small unmanned aerial systems (UAS) over certain secure facilities with restricted airspace but has limited authority to […]

The Air Force's F-35A conventional variant. Photo: Air Force.

DoD, Lockheed Martin Agree To Resume F-35 Deliveries

Lockheed Martin [LMT] has resumed delivering F-35 Lightning IIs to the U.S. Department Defense after a corrosion problem halted those shipments for over a month. The “acceptance hold,” which was put in place March 29, was lifted May 1, DoD’s F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) said May 8. The JPO and Lockheed Martin both indicated […]

Example of an APKWS being shot. Image: BAE Systems

BAE Awarded $175 Million Navy Contract For More Laser-Guided Rockets

Britain’s BAE Systems was awarded a $175 million U.S. Navy award to produce 7,000 more Advance Precision Kill Weapio System (APKWS) laser-guided rockets, the company said Tuesday. This award falls under a $600 million 2016 Navy indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract as a vehicle to supply the APKWS to the Navy, Marine Corps, Army, Air Force, and allied […]

The Military Sealift Command, dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE 5) steams by while conducting an underway replenishment with the amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19).  (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Navy Issues RFI For Common Hull Auxiliary Sealift Ship Featuring Modules, Will Hold Industry Day

The Navy on Monday  issued a Request for Information (RFI) and announced an Industry Day to help develop the replacement for the service’s old sealift and auxiliary ships. The notice, posted to FedBizzOpps, said the program manager for the Strategic and Theater Sealift Program Office (PMS-385) is conducting market research as it develops the requirements […]

Marines with Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Twentynine Palms, Calif., perform Amphibious Landing missions at Camp Pendleton, Calif., during Joint Light Tactical Vehicle operational testing. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by William C. Beach, U.S. Army Operational Test Command Test and Documentation Team)

Maintenance Issues Cloud JLTV Full-Rate Production Decision

Both the Army and Marine Corps are forging ahead with production of 56,000 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV), although the trucks have failed to meet some maintenance-related performance thresholds, according to a Pentagon watchdog report. In a heavily redacted report published May 2, the Pentagon Inspector General found that the service’s testing regimens were adequate, […]

GD Electric Boat Investing $852 Million In Groton Shipyard For Columbia-Class Sub Building, Millions More in Rhode Island

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) last week announced a partnership with General Dynamics [GD] Electric Boat (EB) wherein the company will invest $852 million in its Groton shipyard and hire thousands more workers over 17 years to prepare to build the Columbia-class ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs).. The GD EB investment will focus on “significantly expanding” […]

A Department of the Navy press briefing with Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson, and Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller. (Image: screenshot of video)

Navy Had Already Decided To Rotate Forward Deployed Ships Ahead of HASC Markup

A week after a House panel said it might direct the Navy in its next authorization bill to rotate forward deployed ships after 10 years, Navy officials said they first decided on this change last year. Last week, HASC staffers said ahead of the full committee markup of the eventual national defense authorization act (NDAA) […]