Archive: Army

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 […]

Army Places Billion Dollar Watercraft Order

The Army has awarded a contract worth nearly a billion dollars for shallow-water landing craft. Vigor Works, LLC, located in Clackamas, Ore., has scored a 10-year, firm fixed price, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract for the Maneuver Support Vessel (Light) (MSV(L)) engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase and subsequent production and deployment phase.  The total estimated value […]

Medium Tactical Vehicles (MTVs)

UPDATED: Army Orders $467 Million Worth Of Medium Trucks From Oshkosh

Oshkosh Defense [OSK] has won a nearly half-billion-dollar contract to continue making medium tactical trucks for the Army, an extension of ongoing work that an ongoing recompete threatens to take from the company. The Army Tank Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) on Sept. 21 awarded Oshkosh a $467 million modification to the contract it holds to […]

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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 […]