Archive: Navy/USMC

DDG-1000: Bigger Ship, Smaller Crew

By Geoff Fein While DDG-1000, with its advanced technologies, low radar cross section and modern weapons will provide a new direction for the Navy’s surface combatant fleet, the ability to operate all of that with crew of no more than 148 could be the greatest benefit to the Navy. The Navy has been looking at […]

Boeing Starts Final Assembly of First P-8A Poseidon Test Aircraft

By Geoff Fein Boeing [BA] last week began final assembly of the first P-8A Poseidon to provide increased capability in long-range anti-submarine warfare, anti- surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance for the Navy, the company reported. The start of final assembly follows closely on the heels of Spirit AeroSystems’ delivery of the first P-8A fuselage […]

Vought Signs $400 Million Contract For V-22 Tail Parts

Vought Aircraft Industries Inc. recently signed a $400 million contract with the Bell Helicopter Textron [TXT] to manufacture tail parts including the empennage, ramp and ramp door, for the V-22 Osprey, according to Vought. Bell and partner Boeing [BA] build the V-22 tiltrotor aircraft for both the Navy and Air Force. The contract covers deliveries […]

New Technologies Will Make DDG-1000 Tough To Find, Tough To Fight

By Geoff Fein While much of the focus on DDG-1000 has been on the program’s cost, not to be overlooked are the number of new systems and technologies that will be brought into the fleet, a Navy official said. When it hits the fleet in the coming decade, DDG-1000 will introduce new advanced radar and […]

Navy To Seek Industry Input In Maturing Technology For Carrier Drone Program

By Emelie Rutherford The Navy plans to reach out to industry this year for ideas on tackling the technology-maturation segment of its effort to develop unmanned strike aircraft that operate off aircraft carriers, a service official said. The technology-maturing portion of the service’s Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) effort is distinct from the UCAS demonstration […]

Osprey Engine Durability Issue Leading Navy To Explore Options

By Geoff Fein Concerns with the long-term durability of Rolls-Royce’s V-22 engine has led the Navy to examine options running the gamut from modifying the current system to looking at a new engine, according to a program spokesman. Additionally, the Navy earlier this week awarded Rolls-Royce a nine-month bridge contract with one option year, similar […]

Third VH-71 Helicopter Preps For Final Assembly And Mission Systems Integration

Test Vehicle 3 (TV-3), the third VH-71 helicopter built for the presidential helicopter program, is undergoing final assembly and mission systems integration to enable the helicopter to be used as a command and control platform by the White House, according to Lockheed Martin [LMT]. The Lockheed Martin-AgustaWestland industry team began installing and integrating the test […]

Lockheed Martin Partners with Maersk for Global MDA Demonstration

Lockheed Martin [LMT], which has been exploring and developing integrated solutions for Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) for over two years, has partnered with the shipping company Maersk to demonstrate the tracking of large vessels on the world’s oceans using existing technology already aboard container ships. Called Neptune, the project has demonstrated that data routinely gathered […]

Northrop Grumman Awards Bath Iron Works Construction Work On LPD-24

By Geoff Fein Northrop Grumman [NOC] is outsourcing construction of modules for the USS Arlington (LPD-24) to General Dynamics’ [GD] Bath Iron Works to meet shipbuilding schedule commitments and help stabilize the shipbuilding industrial base, according to a Northrop Grumman official. "Outsourcing certain parts of the work had been in our plan from the original […]

Raytheon Sees Its STUAS Bid As ‘Killer’ Solution, Draft RFP Expected This Month

In the coming weeks, the Navy is expected to issue a draft request for proposal (RFP) for its Small Tactical Unmanned Air System (STUAS) to fill a critical gap identified by the Marine Corps for an organic tactical system to enhance situational awareness. Currently, the Marine Corps has a service contract for the Boeing [BA]-Insitu […]