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Aviation Pays For Ground Combat Vehicles And Munitions As Army Preps For High-End War

Ground combat systems have overtaken aviation as the most expensive Army procurement portfolio, mainly to reinforce a return to fighting high-end decisive conflict in Europe and elsewhere. Aviation procurement took a $400 million, or 10 percent, hit in the Army’s budget request unveiled Feb. 12, the third year in a row aircraft procurement has paid […]

The CH-53K King Stallion arrives at Naval Air Station, Patuxent River on June 30, 2017.  Photo courtesy U.S. Navy. (PRNewsfoto/Lockheed Martin)

Lockheed Martin Sikorsky Pairs With Rheinmetall for German Helo Competition

Lockheed Martin [LMT] said Tuesday its Sikorsky division has signed a strategic teaming agreement with Germany’s Rheinmetall to bid the CH-53K helicopter for the German Air Force helicopter competition, where it is battling against the Boeing [BA] CH-47. Rheinmetall is the lead teammate in its bid, Sikorsky said. “With Rheinmetall as the strategic partner for […]

Ryan McCarthy, the Under Secretary of the Army, poses for his official portrait in the Army portrait studio at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, Aug. 3, 2017.  (U.S. Army photo by Monica King)

UPDATED: Army Wants New Combat Vehicles, Helicopters ‘Substantially’ Sooner Than Originally Planned

The Army’s number-two civilian, who is overseeing a massive restructuring of the service’s weapons development and acquisition process, wants to push up prototyping and experimentation of new combat vehicles and aircraft “substantially sooner” than originally planned. “Some things I will be looking at here in the February timeframe is the potential … to expedite the […]

Lockheed Martin’s AESA ARES radar technology demonstrator using gallium nitride (GaN) technology. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Open Standards Key To Future Army Electronic Warfare Capability

Standards that define the hardware and software backbones of combat vehicles and other platforms are essential to keeping those weapon systems relevant in a digital world and will be key to fielding future electronic warfare capabilities, according to a top Army scientist. Jason Dirner, head of C4ISR Modular Open Suite of Standards (CMOSS) at the […]

CH-47F Chinook and AH-64E Apache. Photo courtesy Boeing.

Senate Appropriators Boost Army Vehicle, Aircraft Funding By Billions

Army aircraft and combat vehicle procurement stand to receive billions in additional funding under a funding bill proposed by Senate appropriators on Nov. 21.   The Senate Appropriations Committee added more than $1 billion to the Army’s fiscal 2018 request of $3.4 billion for combat vehicle procurement and modernization. A majority share of that increase […]

Medium Tactical Vehicles (MTVs)

Oshkosh Completes 25,000th Medium Tactical Truck Amid Army Recompete

Oshkosh Defense [OSK], even as it awaits judgment on its incumbency building the vehicles for the Army, has rolled out its 25,000th medium tactical vehicle. Technically the truck that left the company’s Wisconsin factory was a member of the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles, or FMTV A1P2, which Oshkosh has been building since 2009. The […]

Army Gen. Gus Perna, commander of Army Materiel Command, gives opening remarks at the Warrant Officer Education Summit on  July 14, 2017, at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Teddy Wade)

Army Logistics Chief: Data Rights Key To Affordable Sustainment Of Combat Systems

Purchasing intellectual property from industry is expensive up front, but will ultimately reduce the cost of sustaining combat systems in the long run, according to the service’s chief logistician. Gen. Gustave Perna, chief of Army Materiel Command (AMC), has directed lawyers and contracting officers under his command to purchase IP rights and technical data packages […]

Lockheed Martin’s Multi-Modal Sensor Fusion solution blends data from multiple sensors to restore the pilot’s situational awareness in degraded visual environments. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Lockheed Developing Multi-Modal Sensor Fusion Testbed For Army

The Army is moving forward with its development of a Multi-Modal Sensor Fusion (MMSF), tasking Lockheed Martin [LMT] with a $12 million contract to develop a testbed of the technology for its rotary-wing aircraft. Under the deal, announced Oct. 12 and awarded as part of the Army’s Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD), Lockheed […]

Program Executive Officer for the Army’s Command, Control Communications-Tactical Office Gary Martin. Photo: U.S. Army.

Army Finalizing WIN-T1 Updates, Command Post Modernization Efforts

The Army has set a spring 2018 deadline for fielding all updates to its Warfighter Information Network-Tactical Increment 1 (WIN-T1) system as its rolls out a series of modernization efforts for its command post operations. Gary Martin, program executive officer for the Army’s Command, Control Communication-Tactical Office, offered several updates to network projects aimed at […]