Archive: Navy/USMC

Navy SDD Effort Putting Data Links On Harpoon, JSOW

By Geoff Fein The Navy has begun a Systems Design and Development (SDD) effort to incorporate a data link into Boeing’s [BA] Harpoon missile and Raytheon’s [RTN] Joint Stand-Off Weapon making the two systems the first true network enabled development efforts, a Navy official said. The goal is to develop a better target selectivity capability […]

Northrop Grumman Ship Systems Launches USS

The future USS New York (LPD-21), the fifth ship of the San Antonio-class of amphibious ships, was launched last month from Northrop Grumman [NOC] Ship Systems in Avondale, La., the company said. Throughout 2008, Northrop Grumman will continue to complete this 684-foot-long warship. Key milestones such as electrical generator, combat systems, and main engine light-offs […]

Navy’s P-8A Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft Begins Production

The U.S. Navy and its Poseidon industry team marked the beginning of the P-8A production last month at Spirit AeroSystems’ [SPR] Wichita, Kan., the Navy said. The P-8A is the first Navy aircraft to be produced on an existing commercial production line, the Navy said. The P-8A fuselage, a derivative of Boeing’s [BA] Next Generation […]

Navy Looks To Industry For Direct Attack Moving Target Capability

By Geoff Fein The Navy in 2008 will begin an effort looking at developing a direct attack moving target capability (DAMTC) for strike weapons as well as necking down the number of bomb racks the service has as well as moving away from energetics, to pneumatics, for bomb release, a Navy official said. The Navy […]


By Geoff Fein The investigation into welding issues at Northrop Grumman’s [NOC] Newport News (NGNN) shipyard that initially led to the tying up of the first three Virginia-class submarines earlier this month has been expanded to include other subs and aircraft carriers, the Navy said. The Navy, NGNN, and General Dynamics [GD] Electric Boat are […]

Northrop Grumman, L-3 Partner On Navy’s EPX Solicitation

Northrop Grumman [NOC] has submitted a proposal with L-3 Communications [LLL] for the U.S. Navy’s EPX aircraft program that will provide a transformational, multi-intelligence capability delivering strike targeting information to the warfighter, Northrop Grumman said. The proposal was submitted in response to a broad agency announcement (BAA) issued in November that solicited bids to develop […]

Huckabee Seeks To Accelerate Growth of Ground Forces

By Jen DiMascio Presidential contender former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.) wants to move quickly on existing planned growth in the military’s ground forces and increase investment in defense. Huckabee laid out his defense and foreign policy goals in a wide-ranging article in Foreign Affairs magazine Dec. 15. In the article, he pledges to implement President […]

E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Flies First Mission System Flight

By Geoff Fein The Navy’s all-weather, airborne early warning battle management aircraft, the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, flew its first mission system flight, with its radar operating, earlier this month, and the second aircraft has begun flight testing at Northrop Grumman’s [NOC] St. Augustine, Fla., facility. The mission system flight lasted four and a half hours […]

Lockheed Martin Debuts Marine Corps’ F-35B STOVL

Lockheed Martin [LMT] yesterday rolled out the Marine Corps’ F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing variant of the Joint Strike Fighter, a little over a year since the first F-35 took its inaugural flight. The F-35B, designed to replace Marine Corps AV-8Bs and F/A-18s, is one of three variants of the Lightning II. Its first flight is […]

Coast Guard Sees ICGS Phasing Out of Deepwater

By Calvin Biesecker As the Coast Guard continues to assume a greater systems integration role over its Deepwater modernization program, the contractor originally hired for the lead systems integration job will eventually probably have nothing to do with the program, service acquisition officials said yesterday. Two years ago about two-thirds of the Coast Guard’s Deepwater […]