Archive: Navy/USMC

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) […]

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 […]

Navy Issues Notice For LCS Buy For FY ’08, ’09 Ships

By Geoff Fein The Navy Friday issued a presolicitation notice for FY ’08 and FY ’09 procurement of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). These are the first procurement announcements for LCS since both General Dynamics [GD] and Lockheed Martin [LMT] saw contracts for their second ships terminated, after the Navy and the companies were unable […]

Navy Raises Shipbuilding Funding Requirement To Meet Challenge of Building 313-Ship Fleet

By Geoff Fein The next four years will be a challenging time for the Navy as the service looks to buy another aircraft carrier, five surface combatants, 18 littoral combat ships (LCS) and eight Virginia-class submarines, according to the Navy’s 30-year shipbuilding plan. Additionally, the Navy has revised its average steady-state annual shipbuilding funding requirement […]

Coast Guard Delivers $9 Billion Budget, $1.2 Billion For Recapitalization Efforts

By Geoff Fein The Coast Guard has requested more than $9 billion dollars for its FY ’09 budget that includes $1.2 billion for recapitalizing the service’s fleet of vessels as well as improving command and control and intelligence gathering. Additionally, the Coast Guard will publish its first-ever posture statement along with the budget, a Coast […]

Navy’s $41 Billion Procurement Request Includes Fewer VH-71s, LCS

By Geoff Fein The Navy’s $149.3 billion FY ’09 budget request includes $41.1 billion for ships, aircraft and weapons procurement in FY ’09, but removes four VH-71 presidential helicopters and four Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) from the plan projected at the release of last year’s budget. The new budget, released yesterday, includes seven new construction […]

Navy Awards Austal, Bath Iron Works And Bollinger Shipyards JHSV Design Contracts

By Geoff Fein The Navy last night awarded three, $3 million, phase one firm fixed price contracts to develop a preliminary design for the Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV). The winning bids were Mobile, Ala.-based Austal USA, General Dynamics’ [GD] Bath Iron Works, Brunswick, Maine; and Bollinger Shipyards, Lockport, La. NAVSEA received multiple bids for […]

Navy, Northrop Grumman Continue Investigation Into Submarine, Ship Weld Issue

By Geoff Fein Following the discovery last fall of welding issues on the pre-commissioned unit (PCU) USS New Hampshire (SSN-778), the Navy and Northrop Grumman [NOC] Newport News (NGNN) continue to work closely on the long-term investigation of Virginia-class submarines, Los Angeles-class submarines, aircraft carriers and in service ships maintained at the company’s Virginia shipyard, […]