Archive: Navy/USMC

Navy Halts MH-60S AMCM OPEVAL, Review Underway

By Geoff Fein Reliability issues with the AQS-20 sonar’s cable winch system aboard the MH-60S Seahawk, have led the Navy to suspend the system’s operational evaluation (OPEVAL) while an independent team reviews the effort. Last Friday the Navy told lawmakers that it was de-certifying OPEVAL for the Q-20, as it is known. Raytheon [RTN] makes […]

Boeing’s ScanEagle Reaches Flight, Recovery Milestones

Boeing’s [BA] ScanEagle unmanned aircraft (UA) logged a pair of service milestones as it surpassed 50,000 combat flight hours with Marine Expeditionary Forces (MEF) in Iraq and 1,000 shipboard recoveries with the Navy, the company reported. ScanEagle is a joint effort of Boeing and Insitu Inc. ScanEagle entered service with the Marines in July 2004 […]

Investments In Sub Program Helping Navy Cut Schedule, Improve Construction

By Geoff Fein When the USS North Carolina (SSN-777) is commissioned Saturday, May 3, it will mark improvements in the way the newest attack submarines are built, enabling the Navy and its industry partners to decrease deficiencies and cut months off of the build cycle, a Navy official said. The North Carolina is the fourth […]

Next Block of Virginia-Class Subs To Have More In Common With SSGNs

By Geoff Fein The Navy’s next multi-year Virginia-class submarine contract, expected to be signed by the end of the year, will not only mark the beginning of building two subs per year in fiscal year ’11, it will also introduce changes to make the boats more common with the SSGN-class, while maintaining the teaming agreement […]

BAMS Gives Navy Foothold In UAS World, Official Says

By Geoff Fein Although the system design and development contract (SDD) for the Navy’s Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) unmanned aerial system (UAS) was three years late, the award earlier this week to Northrop Grumman [NOC] represents the service gaining real traction in the UAS world, a Navy official said. The Navy awarded the $1.16 […]

Northrop Grumman Wins Navy’s BAMS Contract

By Geoff Fein The Navy yesterday awarded Northrop Grumman [NOC] a $1.16 billion contract to develop the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) unmanned aerial system (UAS), beating out teams led by Boeing [BA] and Lockheed Martin [LMT]. The contract award, which faced numerous delays, was finally approved to move forward on April 8, after the […]

Pentagon’s Acquisition Chief Taking Steps To Improve Program Execution

By Geoff Fein The Pentagon’s chief weapons buyer is looking to a number of efforts such as competitive prototyping to improve program execution and help deliver systems and technologies to warfighters quicker. John Young, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, is also examining ways to rein in costs, bring stability to acquisition […]

Congress Short-Changes Defense; Huge Funding Increases Needed To Support Existing, Future Programs Including Procurement Of Major Weapons Platforms: AIA Report

The federal government needs to step up to the challenge and fully fund myriad defense programs, specifically including procurement of ships, tanks, planes, missiles and more, the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) stated in a new report. The AIA noted that its warning comes as war costs, bills to pay for replacing or repairing platforms damaged […]

Coast Guard One Step Closer To Accepting CGC

The U.S. Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) has recommended the Coast Guard accept delivery of the first National Security Cutter (NSC-1), following correction or waiver of several deficiencies. The CGC Bertholf (NSC-1) generated approximately 2,800 trial cards during its five days of acceptance trials, the Coast Guard said. The ship completed acceptance trials […]

Pentagon Officials Eye Increasing Near-Term Ballistic Missile Defense Assets In POM ’10

By Emelie Rutherford Two senior Pentagon officials said they are working to bolster ballistic missile defense fielding in the near term, an effort that could double the number of planned Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense and Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) assets in the coming years. Missile Defense Agency Director Air Force Lt. Gen. Trey […]