Archive: Navy/USMC

England Tells Senators FY ’10 Budget May Take On Key Navy, Air Force Issues

By Jen DiMascio The budget for fiscal year 2010 may begin to take on the affordability of the Navy’s plan to buy and sustain 313 ships and the Air Force’s mammoth list of unfunded requirements, the deputy defense secretary said yesterday. During a Senate Budget Committee hearing, Sen. Wayne Allard (R-Colo.) asked whether achieving the […]

Tenth LPD-17 Tops Marine Corps List of Unmet Needs

By Geoff Fein The Marine Corps has $3.01 billion in unmet needs for FY ’08, which includes $1.7 billion for a 10th San Antonio-class LPD-17, Humvees and aircraft, according to Commandant Gen. James Conway. A 10th LPD-17 would reduce the risk of meeting the service’s 2.0 Marine Expeditionary Brigade Assault Echelon lift capability. The additional […]

LCS May Need To Take On Feel of Aircraft Acquisition Effort, SECNAV Says

By Geoff Fein While the Navy reworks the acquisition plan for its Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), moving the first buy of six to FY ’13, the real question is how fast can the service get up to speed on production, the Navy’s top civilian said. LCS is a critical part of the Navy’s future, Navy […]

Inspection Finds Signs of Bowing In Traverse Beams On LCS-2

By Geoff Fein During a recent inspection of General Dynamics’ [GD] Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), bowing was discovered in the transverse beams that support the ship’s flight deck, according to the Navy. The Navy late yesterday released the following statement: "Recently, Navy Supervisor of Shipbuilding (SUPSHIP) personnel observed various degrees of bowing in the transverse […]

Army, Navy Fire Scouts: Similar Look, But Treading Different Paths

By Geoff Fein Looking across the production line at Northrop Grumman’s [NOC] Mississippi facility, it’s hard for anyone to tell the difference between the Army and Navy variants of the MQ-8B Fire Scout. But the differences are there and they extend beyond payloads and capabilities. The official Army program is the Future Combat System (FCS) […]

Boeing Gets $73 Million Navy Contract For Harpoon Block III

The Navy recently awarded Boeing [BA] a $73.7 million contract to design and develop the Harpoon Block III missile, a next-generation weapon system that will enhance naval surface warfare capabilities, the company said. The system design and development (SDD) contract will result in a kit upgrade program for existing Navy weapons that will return 800 […]

Navy Selects Three Teams To Develop Concepts For Follow-On To EP-3

By Geoff Fein The Navy earlier this week awarded Boeing [BA]-Argon ST; Lockheed Martin [LMT]; and Northrop Grumman [NOC]-L3 Communications [LLL] teams each $1.25 million contracts to develop the program requirements and potential system concepts for the service’s replacement for the EP-3 aircraft. "The contracts will allow industry to work with the Navy to analyze […]

Navy Drops Two Fire Scouts In FY ’09, But Program Continues Forward

By Geoff Fein In its FY ’09 budget, the Navy reduced its quantity buy of Northrop Grumman’s [NOC] Fire Scout vertical takeoff unmanned aerial vehicle (VTUAV) due to competing requirements, according to a Navy official. Last year’s Navy budget showed the service buying five Fire Scouts in FY ’09. However, the Navy official said earlier […]

DoD Preparing For FYDP Strategic Investment Guidance

By Ann Roosevelt The Defense Department will soon receive strategic guidance for the future years defense budget, fiscal years 2010-2015, according to a top Pentagon official. "We’re just finishing the guidance for the development of the force, which provides strategic guidance for our investment for the period FY’10-’15," Michael Vickers, assistant secretary of defense for […]

Boeing Awaits Decision On AMF JTRS

By Ann Roosevelt This week, Boeing [BA] officials expect to receive the request for the final proposal revision in its competition with Lockheed Martin [LMT] for the military’s next generation Airborne Maritime and Fixed Station Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS AMF). The Defense Department FY ’09 budget requests $834.6 million in research, development, test and […]