Archive: Air Force

Pentagon Restructures JASSM Program

The Pentagon Friday certified a restructured program for Lockheed Martin’s [LMT] Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM). The restructured program consists of two separate increments: the JASSM Baseline increment and the JASSM-Extended Range (ER) increment. Both efforts will be Acquisition Category 1D programs. The Air Force negotiated an agreement for Lot 7 and a Not to […]

Lockheed Martin Teams With Former Rival Northrop Grumman For GPS OCX Phase B Contract

Lockheed Martin [LMT] has joined a team lead by Northrop Grumman [NOC] to compete for a follow-on Air Force contract for mission enterprise control support for Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites, Northrop Grumman announced yesterday. They plan to vie for the Air Force’s GPS Next Generation Control Segment (OCX) Phase B effort, which will support […]

FCS Successfully Completes Role In Air Force JEFX 2008

By Ann Roosevelt The Army’s Future Combat Systems (FCS) deems successful it’s ability to shorten the sensor-to-shooter link in its portion of the Air Force’s Joint Expeditionary Force Experiment (JEFX) 2008, program officials said. "By using portions of the FCS network during a real operational setting Joint Service staff were enabled to share situational awareness […]

Aerojet Completes Development Test Firing of Innovative Engine

Aerojet [GY] yesterday announced it recently completed a successful full-duration development test firing of its innovative Axial HAN Thruster for the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and Raytheon’s [RTN] Net-Centric Airborne Defense Element (NCADE) program. NCADE is an air-launched weapon system designed to engage short- and medium-range ballistic missiles in the boost and ascent phase of […]

DoD Acquisition Chief Wants Accelerated Merger of Army, Air Force UAV Program

By Ann Roosevelt The Pentagon’s top acquisition official wants to find out when the Army and Air Force can merge their unmanned aerial vehicle programs and then accelerate the process. "It looks to my team like there are benefits," to merging the two programs, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition Logistics and Technology John Young […]

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 […]

Missile Defense Makes War Less Likely, Rather Than Precipitating Conflict: General

Another Minuteman Overhaul May Be Needed U.S. moves to form a multi-layered ballistic missile defense (BMD) shield help to avert conflict, much as the vast U.S. arsenal of nuclear weapons dissuades any who otherwise would attack American targets, a general said. His comments counter statements of Russian leaders, who allege that U.S. plans to emplace […]

Allied Nations Interested In Buying THAAD Ballistic Missile Defense Systems

Space Based Radar Needed Because Ground Radars Blind In Some Spots Europeans Would Welcome Mobile Kinetic Energy Interceptor Missile Defense Some nations are interested in buying the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) ballistic missile defense (BMD) system, John Young, the chief Pentagon weapons buyer, told Congress. THAAD, made by prime contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. […]

Modernization Continues At ATK Lake City Ammunition Plant

By Ann Roosevelt ATK [ATK] continues modernizing the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence, Mo., even as the plant produces about 1.4 billion cartridges a year as the primary production source for small caliber ammunition. "The only remaining small caliber Army ammunition plant is Lake City…we are considered a national asset," Randy Wisian, ATK […]