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Army Awards General Dynamics Half-Billion Dollars For Abrams Tank Upgrades

In the past two months, the Army has put General Dynamics [GD] on contract to build prototypes of the most advanced versions of the M1A2 Abrams tanks that includes advances in lethality, mobility and protection. The two contracts – awarded July 31 and Aug. 31 – total $580 million for development and integration of improvements […]

U.S. Senators John McCain, Arizona; Saxby Chambliss, Georgia; and Lindsey Graham, South Carolina; tour the Kirkuk Police Academy in northeastern Iraq as part of a congressional delegation. The senators visited military leaders in the region as part of a fact-finding mission, Nov. 23. Commander, Multi-national Division North and 1st Armored Division, Maj. Gen. Mark Hertling, and Soldiers from the 1st Brigade, 10th Mountain Division accompanied the delegation during their visit in northeastern Iraq.

McCain Tears Into Army Acquisition During DoD Officials’ Confirmation Hearing

During a confirmation hearing for several senior civilian Defense Department officials, including the prospective secretary of the Army, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) attacked that service’s acquisition track record as “unbelievable” and “embarrassing.” Ryan McCarthy, who comes from Lockheed Martin [LMT] where he was vice president of sustainment for the F-35 fighter program, on July 12 […]

WIN-T Photo: U.S. Army

SASC Authorization Bill Would Withhold Army Network Funding

The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) is seeking to halt all funding to the Army’s battlefield network development program until it has more information on the cost and implementation schedule of the system. In its version of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) published July 11, SASC makes official the recent concern over the […]

Sikorsky's new UH-60M Black Hawk and HH-60M MEDEVAC helicopters. Photo: Sikorsky.

Lockheed Martin Nabs Potential $5 Billion Black Hawk Contract

Lockheed Martin’s [LMT] Sikorsky Aircraft unit signed a five-year, potential $5.2 billion contract on June 30 to supply U.S. Army and Foreign Military Sales customers with 257 of the latest models of its H-60 Black Hawk helicopter fleet. Sikorsky will deliver its new UH-60M Black Hawk and HH-60M MEDEVAC helicopters under a $3.8 billion contract, […]

Sig Sauer P320 Modular Handgun System (MHS)

Glock Protests Not Getting Second Shot When Army Shortened Pistol Program

Speeding up the process for selecting a new Army sidearm could have spurred the 100-day protest that held up replacement of the Beretta M9 pistol, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) redacted decision. The Army in January awarded Sig Sauer a contract to build up to 550,000 P320 pistols to replace the M9, which […]

Raytheon, in partnership with the U.S. Army and U.S. Special Operations Command, mounted a high energy laser on an Apache helicopter similar to those in this image and engaged and fired on a target at White Sands Missile Range.

Apaches Zap Multiple Targets With First Helicopter-Mounted Laser

In a first for offensive directed-energy weapons, a laser-equipped AH-64 Apache attack helicopter successfully zapped and destroyed several targets during recent flight tests at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. The demonstration was the first time a laser was fully integrated on a rotorcraft and successfully engaged targets from a variety of flight maneuvers, speeds, altitudes, […]

M1A1 Abrams tank of Bravo Company, 4th Tank Battalion, 4th Marine Division, USMC Reserves, preparing for a live fire exercise at Yakima Training Center, Joint Base Lewis-McChord. (U.S. Army photo by Sidney Lee, Enterprise Multimedia Center, JBLM.)

Army Chief On Active Protection: ‘Critical Need’ Could Be Opened To Competition

After buying off-the-shelf active protection systems (APS) for frontline combat vehicles, the Army plans to launch an open competition for missile shields to outfit the remainder of its fleets, according to Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley. Testifying before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, Milley on June 7 said APS is a “critical need” […]

Sig Sauer P320 Modular Handgun System (MHS)

Glock Protest Of Army Handgun Contract Denied, Clearing Sig Sauer To Carry On Work

Sig Sauer has a green light to build and deliver the Army’s new XM17 modular handgun system under a $580 million contract the company won in January. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) on Monday denied a protest by Georgia-based handgun manufacturer GLOCK, Inc., which asserted its pistol is a superior replacement for the Berretta M9. […]

U.S. Soldiers, assigned to the 2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, secure their Battalion headquarters in a M1 Abrams Tank, during Decisive Action Rotation 17-04 at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif., Feb 19, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. JD Sacharok, Operations Group, National Training Center)

80-Ton Abrams Too Heavy For Support Vehicles, Requiring Costly Upgrades

Weighing in at nearly 80-tons, the current iteration of the M1 Abrams main battle tank is bristling with after-market gear that make it the most lethal tank in the world but add more weight than support vehicles can handle. Adding more armor, sensors and heavier weapons onto the Abrams has not bogged down the Abrams […]

Donald J. Trump, the President of the United States of America, steps off of Air Force One, here at MacDill Air Force Base, in Tampa, FL 6 Feb. 2017. This is the first visit to MacDill AFB for the new Commander in Chief.

(U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron Knowles, SOCCENT, PAO NCOIC).

Trump Promises SOCOM, CENTCOM Troops ‘Finest Equipment Known To Man’

In a visit to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, President Trump continued to promise troops new weapons and equipment but offered no specifics on when or how he plans to deliver. Trump said MacDill, home to both United States Special Operations Command and U.S. Central Command that oversees the wars in […]