Archive: Army

Fixing Defense Acquisition Key To Joint Warfighting, Officials Agree

By Ann Roosevelt VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.–Fixing defense acquisition is vital for joint and coalition forces to be dominant, relevant and ready to face the challenges of the 21st century, officials said. "What we should be doing is emphasizing system of systems…for 21st century missions," said Jacques Gansler, former DoD acquisition chief now at the University […]

General Dynamics To Produce More RG-31 vehicles

General Dynamics [GD] Land Systems-Canada announced it has received a $67.3 million contract modification to provide 111 RG-31 Mk5 E Mine Protected Vehicles. The Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC), in support of the Program Executive Office for Combat Support and Combat Service Support (PEO CS&CSS), issued the modification to GDLS-Canada through the Canadian […]

Sky Warrior Block 0 Operational In Iraq

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA ASI) June 12 said that two Sky Warrior Block 0 Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) are now operational in Iraq supporting Army ground forces there. The first mission for WY-201 occurred on April 18 and lasted 10.5 hours. A second Sky Warrior UAS, WY-202, was deployed at the end of […]

Lockheed Martin JLTV Prototypes Surpass 15,000 Test Miles

By Ann Roosevelt Lockheed Martin’s [LMT] two operational Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) prototypes have between them successfully driven more than 15,000 total test miles, officials say, with more than half of them off-road simulating mission conditions. JLTV is a joint Army-Marine Corps program to replace the existing Humvee fleet–of which there are about 170,000 […]

FCS Prepares For DAB IPR, Soldiers Test Equipment

By Ann Roosevelt Army officials are preparing for a Defense Acquisition Board (DAB) In Process Review (IPR) of its major modernization program Future Combat Systems (FCS) in Washington, D.C. this summer, while soldiers in El Paso, Texas are evaluating FCS Spin Out 1 equipment. Defense Department acquisition chief John Young delved deep into the FCS […]

BAE Completes Purchase of MTC Technologies

BAE Systems said this week it has completed its acquisition of MTC Technologies in a $450 million deal that expands BAE’s business in the United States as well as its worldwide services business. United Kingdom-based BAE said the acquisition will expand its capabilities in the areas of readiness and sustainment. MTC’s customers are largely within […]

Northrop Grumman Calls Open Architecture Key To IBCS Bid

By Ann Roosevelt Open architecture is key to the Northrop Grumman [NOC] team bid for prime contractor in the Army’s Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS) competition to be awarded this summer, a company official said. "We’ve got to get rid of service, proprietary solutions…that’ s a huge step forward in this […]

Sonobuoy SBIR Effort Gaining Interest From Other Services

By Geoff Fein KaZak Composites, Inc., has developed a sonobuoy that can be deployed from a Navy P-3C aircraft from an altitude of 30,000 feet and from a distance of 30 miles from a target, a company official said. Currently, P-3s have to fly at low altitudes to drop sonobuoys to prevent damaging the sonobouy. […]

Lockheed Martin, Kaman Aerospace Demonstrate Unmanned Helo Supply

Lockheed Martin [LMT] and Kaman Aerospace Corp. [KAMN] said they recently demonstrated for the Army and Marine Corps that it’s feasible to transport supplies to ground troops by unmanned helicopter. During 45 minutes of operation at Ft. Eustis, Va., an unmanned K-MAXr helicopter demonstrated autonomous take-off and landing, pick-up and delivery of a 3,000-pound sling […]

Raytheon, Blackwater Team Up For JLTV Competition

By Ann Roosevelt Raytheon [RTN] and BlackwaterUSA have come together as "Team Innovation" to compete for the Army-Marine Corps Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), officials said. Raytheon decided to get into the competition because of its work as a major systems integrator, a core business, John Manning, Raytheon JLTV program manager, told Defense Daily in […]