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Leonardo's Trophy APS, developed by Rafael, on an Army M1 Abrams Tank. Photo: Leonardo DRS

Leonardo DRS, Rafael Successfully Demonstrate Lighter Version Of Trophy APS On Bradley

Leonardo DRS and Israel’s Rafael completed successful live-fire qualifications for a lighter version of their Trophy active protection system (APS), demonstrating potential for future integration on smaller Army vehicles, including Bradleys and Strykers, the company said on Monday. The updated Trophy vehicle protection system (VPS) achieves a 40 percent reduction in weight, addressing previous Army […]

National Guard CH-47F in Raleigh, N.C. (Photo by Dan Parsons

Fresh From Afghanistan, US National Guard Chinooks Patrol Flooded NC

OVER EASTERN, N.C. — Before lifting off from Raleigh, N.C., pilot Peter Doerr, a chief warrant officer with the Maryland Army National Guard explains the day’s humanitarian relief mission and the CH-47F Chinook helicopter that would carry his crew half the state away to areas flooded by Hurricane Florence. Though they are obvious, he points […]

Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (GMLRS) Unitary Rocket Launch. 
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Army Awards Northrop Grumman Full-Rate Production Deal For IM Rocket Motors

Northrop Grumman [NOC] has received a full-rate production contract from the Army to continue delivering its insensitive munitions (IM0 rocket motors for the Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) program, the company said Monday. The latest deal arrives after Northrop Grumman successfully completed final flights tests for its IM rocket motors this summer, which officials […]

Stryker. Photo: U.S. Army

Final Defense Spending Bill Increases Funding For Stryker Hull Upgrades

Congress has matched the Army’s $4.1 billion vehicle budget request in the final version of the fiscal year 2019 spending bill, while including a $200 million increase for Stryker upgrades needed to complete critical conversions to the modernized double-v hull variant. The final version of the House and Senate’s conference defense appropriations bill includes a […]

The Bell-Boeing MV-22. (Photo: Bell)

Consensus Defense Funding Bill Boosts Army, Navy Rotorcraft Procurement

A consensus spending bill agreed to by U.S. House and Senate budgeters would fully fund military rotorcraft procurement programs and boost funding for Army helicopters and Marine Corps tiltrotors. The conference report on the 2019 Defense Appropriations Act approves a total $41 billion and change in aircraft procurement funding for the Air Force, Army and […]

Gen. Mike Murray, commander of Army Futures Command, and Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Mark A. Milley unfurl the Army Futures Command flag during a ceremony, Aug. 24, 2018, in Austin, Texas. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brandy N. Mejia)

Lawmakers Press Army On Futures Command’s Metrics, Officials Offer Speedy Acquisition Process

Senior Army officials during a Thursday House hearing said Futures Command’s success will be based on reducing the requirements for new capabilities down to 12 months and delivering next-generation platforms to soldiers in the battlefield within the next two years. Lawmakers on the House Armed Services’ readiness subcommittee pressed Gen. John “Mike” Murray, head of […]

Serco Awarded $51 Million Contract For Shipboard CIWS Support

IT service management company Serco, Inc. said on Tuesday it’s been awarded a $51 million single-award, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract to continue providing installation support for Close-In Weapons Systems (CIWS) on U.S. Army, Navy and Coast Guard vessels. The contract has a one-year base period plus four one-year option periods, with a ceiling value […]

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GD, Northrop Grumman’s Alliant Techsystems To Compete For $1.85 Billion Army Ammunitions Work

General Dynamics’ [GD] ordnance and tactical systems division and Northrop Grumman’s [NOC] Alliant Techsystems Operations have been selected to compete for $1.85 billion in potential Army ammunitions deals, the Pentagon said on Thursday. The two contracts will both have the opportunity to compete for opportunities to supply the Army with 20mm, 25mm, 30x113mm and 30x173mm […]

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Future Vertical Lift to Field With New High-Level US Army Fast-Attack Units

When the U.S. Army introduces a new rotorcraft platform sometime in the mid-2020s, it will field them with new high-echelon aviation units instead of disrupting existing Combat Aviation Brigades (CABs) that fly legacy helicopters. The Army is intent on buying both a dedicated armed reconnaissance aircraft and a long-range assault replacement for the UH-60 Black […]