Archive: Army


Army Wants Experimental Attack Helicopters Flying By 2023

  Within the next five years, the Army wants at least two AH-64 Apache-sized armed reconnaissance helicopter prototypes up and flying, according to a notice the service issued June 22. The so-called “Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft Competitive Prototype (FARA CP)” seeks to design, build, and test technically mature aircraft in an operationally relevant environment, the […]


Sikorsky/Boeing ‘Defiant’ Utility Rotorcraft Prototype On Schedule For 2018 First Flight

In Palm Beach, Fla., a team of Sikorsky and Boeing [BA] engineers is diligently progressing toward a 2018 first-flight of the SB-1 Defiant next-generation rotorcraft. “We continue to achieve milestones in support of flying Defiant in 2018,” the company said in a prepared statement emailed to sister publication R&WI. “The Sikorsky-Boeing team continues its rigorous testing program […]

Sikorsky S-97 Raider during its first flight in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Sikorsky’s Prototype Attack Chopper Lifts Off After Nearly A Year On The Ground

The Sikorsky S-97 Raider’s flight test program has lifted off after being grounded for nearly a year. The demonstrator met its flight objectives Tuesday. Sikorsky Vice President for Future Vertical Lift Dan Spoor said test pilots Bill Fell and John Groth flew the complete flight test card, flying the aircraft for 90 minutes at Sikorsky’s facility […]

Army Gen. Mark Milley, chief of staff of the Army, addresses the National Guard Association of the United States 138th General Conference, Baltimore, Md., Sept. 10, 2016. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jim Greenhill)

Army Needs New Cyber, Hypersonics Technologies To Meet ‘Changing Character Of War,’ Milley Says

The Army chief of staff wants to see an industry push on critical cyber and hypersonics technologies to surpass near-peer adversaries race toward emerging capabilities he described as “changing the character of war.” Gen. Mark Milley, chief of staff, told attendees at a Thursday event on national security that the push towards establishing a Futures […]

L3's Enhanced Night Vision Goggle-Binocular

L-3 Receives $391 Million To Deliver Army’s Next-Gen Night Vision Binoculars

L3 Technologies [LLL] officials Monday announced a three-year, $391 million to deliver the Army’s next-generation binocular night vision goggles. The contract for L3’s Enhanced Night Vision Goggle-Binocular (ENVG-B), awarded in May, will meet the Army’s requirement for devices that offer improved infrared and electro-optical night vision capabilities for warfighters. “These advanced night vision capabilities reflect […]

Don Sando, deputy to the commanding general of the Army’s Maneuver Center of Excellence, speaks at the Eurosatory conference in Paris. Photo: Matthew Beinart.

Army Looking For Industry Solutions To Expand Soldier Control Of Robotics, Autonomous Vehicles

PARIS–The Army is actively looking to industry for new robotics capabilities to tether unmanned ground and air systems, including tools to allow soldiers control over multiple autonomous vehicles from one system. Don Sando, deputy to commanding general of the Army’s Maneuver Center of Excellence, told attendees at the Eurosatory conference here last week that the […]

UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters carrying distinguished visitors arrive for Army Day 2018, Feb. 9, 2018, Kuwait Naval Base, Kuwait. Army Day was the opening event for U.S. Central Command’s Component Commanders Conference that allowed U.S. Army Central to showcase the Army’s capabilities at the theater level. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Ty McNeeley, U.S. ARCENT PAO)

Army Safety Chief: No Link Between Flight Hours, Fatal Mishaps

There is no direct correlation between how much time U.S. Army pilots get in the cockpit and the recent spike in catastrophic non-combat mishaps, according to the service’s safety director. “Our data do not indicate a correlation between the execution of flight hours and mishaps,” Brig. Gen. David Francis, commander of the Army combat readiness […]

Lockheed Martin's Howard Bromberg holds the new Miniature Hit-to-Kill missile. Photo: Matthew Beinart.

Lockheed Moving Miniature Hit-To-Kill Missile Into Development Phase

PARIS–Lockheed Martin [LMT] is moving its new miniature missile into development following an Army deal, announced Wednesday, to mature the close-range lethality interceptor to meet requirements for the Extended Mission Area Missile program. The two-and-a-half foot, five-pound Miniature Hit-to-Kill (MHTK) interceptor is designed to take down rockets, artillery, mortars and UAVs, and Lockheed officials are […]

Oshkosh's JLTV at the Eurosatory show in Paris. Photo: Matthew Beinart.

Oshkosh Readying For Full-Rate JLTV Production Decision, Expansion To U.K. Market

PARIS–With the expectation that the Pentagon in the beginning of FY ‘19 is likely to certify moving Oshkosh’s [OSK] Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) to full-rate production, the company is looking to continue exploring opportunities for the program overseas. Oshkosh officials aim for the decision to move the JLTV for full delivery to the Army […]

State OKs India Apache, Weapons Buy Worth Nearly $1 Billion

The U.S. State Department has cleared the way for India to buy nearly $1 million worth of Boeing [BA]  AH-64 Apache attack helicopters and associated weapons, sensors, mission systems and simulators. Under a $930 million direct commercial sales agreement announced June 12, Boeing is approved to sell India six Apaches, according to the Defense Security […]