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CyPhy’s Tethered Drones Provide Limitless Uptime to Army, Navy

Drones can be used for covert surveillance, attacks, refueling, patrolling, inspection, and any number of other tasks that benefit from a portable aircraft with an operator kept out of harm’s way. The U.S. Army and Navy Special Operations Forces use drones from CyPhy Works to get around one of the big hindrances with most unmanned […]

Guard Response Limited By Number of Aviation Assets, Lengyel Says

In discussing the National Guard Bureau’s response to Hurricane Michael last week, Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel, chief of the National Guard Bureau, said that the Guard needs more aviation assets, particularly Boeing [BA] CH-47 Chinooks, for on-call response to contingencies, including national disasters. “Aviation is almost always a limiting factor,” Lengyel told the Defense […]

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Army To Industry: Help Us Team Drones With Helicopters And Tanks

In keeping with the Army’s new spirit of outreach to industry, the service wants to know what the private sector can do to better team drones with manned aircraft. The Army wants to know what’s out there in the way of products, science-and-technology research, operational concepts and mission support that could enhance existing manned-unmanned teaming […]

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DoD Biometrics Office Establishes S&T Priorities

The Defense Department’s office that is responsible for design, developing and acquiring biometric solution capabilities for different operating environments has developed a 30-year roadmap that includes current and potential science and technology (S&T) projects to meet warfighter requirements, an official with the office said earlier this month. The roadmap includes near-term, mid-term and far-term projects […]

Soldiers with I Corps, receive hands-on radio communication training during a field exercise at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Jan. 21. This training was provided to give the Soldiers the opportunity to learn how to work and be proficient with the different types of radio communication systems. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sinthia Rosario, 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

Harris Delivers Version Of Two-Channel SOCOM Radio To Big Army

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Harris Corp. [HRS] has introduced a new advanced two-channel handheld radio, based on one the company already builds for Special Operations Command, that simultaneously delivers voice and data networking to the Army. The AN/PRC-163 radio is lightweight, rugged and features a flexible software-defined architecture – enabling users to quickly add new waveforms […]

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Army Buys First Post-Lawsuit Lot Of Airbus Utility Helicopters

Free from legal shackles it has been forced to wear for more than two years, the Army has signed a $273 million deal with Airbus Helicopters for additional UH-72 Lakota aircraft. Announced March 8, the contract is for 35 of the light utility helicopters the Army uses to train rotorcraft pilots for other non-combat utility […]

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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 […]