Archive: Navy/USMC

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Photo by Lockheed Martin.

Lockheed Martin Studying How To Widely Share F-35 Sensor Data

Lockheed Martin [LMT] is exploring how the wealth of sensor data collected by its F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will be distributed to a wide range of air, land and sea forces, a company official said March 5. The F-35’s “amazing suite of information-gathering technology,” including the Multi-Mission Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Radar and the […]

Artist rendering of Lockheed Martin's HELIOS laser weapons system. (Image: Lockheed Martin)

HELIOS Laser To Be First Fully Integrated On U.S. Ship

Lockheed Martin’s [LMT] new $150 million contract to develop and build two High Energy Laser and Integrated Optical-dazzler with Surveillance (HELIOS) weapon systems for the Navy marks several first including the first laser weapon fully integrated for the lifetime of a U.S. Navy ship. The Navy awarded the contract in late January and expects the […]

Hill Air Force Base F-35As fly in formation over the Utah Test and Training Range, March 30, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/R. Nial Bradshaw)

F-35 Program Chief Seeks Faster Cost Cuts

The head of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter’s joint program office (JPO) says he is not satisfied with the pace at which the jet’s price is falling. Navy Vice Adm. Mat Winter told reporters Feb. 28 that the cost needs to decline more quickly to keep the aircraft affordable, especially with the number of operational jets […]

Type 26 Global Combat Ship
Image: BAE Systems

Lockheed Martin Wins BAE Subcontract To Supply VLS To UK’s New Type 26 Frigates

BAE Systems awarded Lockheed Martin [LMT] a contract for an undisclosed sum to supply the MK 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS) for the UK Royal Navy’s new Type 26 frigates. BAE is the prime contractor for Britain’s new Type 26 Global Combat Ship (GCS) frigates. The VLS is capable of launching anti-air, anti-submarine, surface-to-surface, and […]

Northrop Grumman's PS-80 Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar (G/ATOR)

Marine Corps Approves Northrop’s G/ATOR For Early Fielding

Marine Corps officials have approved Northrop Grumman’s [NOC] PS-80 Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) for early fielding, paving the way to deploy the radar to two of its Air Control Squadrons, the company said on Wednesday. Northrop said the latest milestone allows for the company to deliver the final Lot 1 and Lot 2 Low Rate […]

ARL-PSU Penn State Navy research lab

Navy Awards Penn State $1 Billion Contract For Undersea and Maritime R&D

The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) awarded the Applied Research Laboratory at Pennsylvania State University (ARL/PSU) a $1 billion contract for research, development, engineering and test and evaluation for programs throughout the Defense Department, focused on maritime issues. This indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract focuses on research and development in core competency areas ARL/PSU has already been […]

The USS Fort Worth (LCS-3) sailing out of San Diego in route to Singapore. Photo: U.S. Navy

Navy Awards Multiple Award Contracts To Sustain LCS In San Diego

The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) awarded numerous multiple-award contracts (MAC) to support sustainment for Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) based in San Diego on Wednesday. The Navy awarded MACs to BAE Systems, Vigor Marine LLC, General Dynamics [GD] National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. (NASSCO), Marine Group Boat Works LLC, Pacific Ship Repair and Fabrication Inc., […]

An F-35 firing an AMRAAM. Photo: Raytheon.

F-35 Program Office, Contractor To Discuss Fighter Jet’s Deficiencies

The U.S. Defense Department’s F-35 Lightning II joint program office (JPO) plans to hold a “consideration summit” with prime contractor Lockheed Martin [LMT] in the “spring-summer timeframe” to discuss how to fix about 200 deficiencies that have been identified with the fighter jet and related equipment, according to the JPO’s leader. The shortfalls involve capabilities that […]

Vice Adm. Mat Winter. Photo: U.S. Navy

F-35 Program To Update Older Jets To Boost Reliability

The U.S. Defense Department’s F-35 Lightning II joint program office plans to modify more than 200 early-production jets to bring them up to newer configurations, the program’s leader said Feb. 28. Aircraft from Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Lots 2 through 8 will receive a mix of hardware and software updates to reflect design improvements that […]