Archive: Navy/USMC

Key Meeting On BAMS Expected Next Week, Followed By Contract Award This Month

By Emelie Rutherford The Navy is expected to award a contract for a system of persistent unmanned maritime surveillance aircraft in the coming weeks, and the program manager predicted a pre-award Pentagon meeting won’t be pushed off again, after recent delays. On April 8, the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Unmanned Aerial System (BAMS UAS) effort […]

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

By Geoff Fein 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 […]

Raytheon Readying For LADS Mortar Tests Later This Year

By Geoff Fein Raytheon [RTN] later this year will test its Laser Area Defense System (LADS) against mortars to demonstrate the military utility for lasers on the battlefield, a company official said. Raytheon first tested its LADS system, a laser that is coupled with the company’s Land-Based Phalanx Weapon System, back in 2006, Mike Booen, […]

Lockheed Martin Completes Static Load Tests of First MUOS Satellite

Lockheed Martin [LMT] has achieved a key milestone in the development of the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) with the successful completion of static loads testing of the first satellite in the program constellation, the company said. MUOS is expected to provide significantly improved and assured communications for U.S. mobile warfighters. The test, which validated […]

Raytheon Awarded $17.8 Million For NATO Seasparrow

The Navy and the NATO Seasparrow Project Office recently awarded Raytheon [RTN] a $17.8 million contract for the MK57, MK29 and MK73 NATO Seasparrow missile systems, the company reported. Under the contract, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) will assemble, test, and deliver components and support for the systems, which enable critical self-defense capabilities for U.S. […]

GD Successfully Integrates LCS Mission Package Computing Environment

General Dynamics [GD] and the Navy have successfully integrated the Mission Package Computing Environment (MPCE) for USS Independence (LCS-2), the company said last week. The MPCE, which is located in the secondary integrated command and control room, provides the operator interface for the control and monitoring of mission package operations. GD started building LCS-2 in […]

Navy Needs To Invest In ISR, Maintain ASW Advantages, CNO Says

The Navy needs to expand its investments in the "kill chain" to include more focus on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance as well as command and control, according to the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO). Additionally, the service needs to maintain its Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) capabilities through acquiring advanced systems as well as maintaining the skills […]

Raytheon Continues ‘Revolutionary’ Upgrades To AIM-9X, Official Says

By Geoff Fein Raytheon [RTN] is adding a data link to its AIM-9X Block I Sidewinder missile that will enable in-flight target updating of the missile, a Navy official said. Since entering full-rate production in 2004, the AIM-9X Block I has been a revolution in air-to-air missiles, Capt. Jeff Penfield, program manager for air-to-air missile […]

Navy To Begin Work On ERM AoA In Wake of ERGM’s Demise

By Geoff Fein Although the Navy has ceased funding of Raytheon’s [RTN] Extended Range Guided Munition (ERGM), the service remains committed to finding a solution for Naval Surface Fire Support (NSFS) as rapidly as possible. "A reassessment of this program will provide the Navy and Marine Corps with an opportunity to take advantage of advances […]