Archive: Navy/USMC

Lockheed Martin Protests Navy’s BAMS Award

By Geoff Fein Lockheed Martin [LMT] yesterday filed a protest of the Navy’s award of a $1.16 billion contract to Northrop Grumman [NOC] for the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) unmanned aerial system (UAS). The service awarded Northrop Grumman the contract to develop the persistent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance UAS for maritime security on April […]

Navantia Shipyard Demonstrates Efficiencies, Best Practices

By Geoff Fein During his tenure as Navy Secretary, Donald Winter has made it a point to visit foreign shipyards when the opportunity presents itself. The visits have enabled Winter to see best practices of the shipyards as well as some of the platforms the yards are producing. On his most recent trip to Israel […]

Navy Nominee Awaits Senate Nod

The White House last week sent Sean Stackley’s name to the Senate for nomination as the Navy’s top weapons buyer. However it’s unknown when the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) will take the matter up. Stackley, a SASC staff member, would oversee a number of troubled programs including the Littoral Combat Ship, Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle, […]

New Pictures Of Chinese Missile Firing Sub Show Underground Base

In an ominous development, new pictures of an advanced Chinese long-range-missile-carrying submarine also show China is building a major base for its subs at Hainan Island, including underground tunnels. Those pictures, taken by DigitalGlobe, were published by Jane’s. Chinese Jin Class submarines are nuclear powered, with limitless range that can move them near any nation, […]

Navy Deploys ASDS From SSGN For First Time

By Geoff Fein The Advanced SEAL Delivery System (ASDS), a small submersible capable of deploying Special Operations Command (SOCOM) from a submarine operated for the first time from one of the Navy’s newest SSGN’s, the USS Michigan (SSGN-727), according to Northrop Grumman [NOC]. SOCOM had been banking on Northrop Grumman’s effort to build a small […]

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 […]