Archive: Army

The Need For Combat Aviation Continues, Increases, General Says

By Ann Roosevelt Army aviation continues to be needed and requested in Afghanistan and Iraq and the top service aviator says he sees no change coming anytime soon. "I don’t see any reduction in the need for combat aviation, in fact it’s increasing…commanders and soldiers want Army aviation, it’s such a combat multiplier…[and they’re] asking […]

HAC-D Deletes FY ’09 DDG-1000 Ship, But Doesn’t Fully Back New Destroyer Plan

By Emelie Rutherford The House Appropriations defense subcommittee’s fiscal year 2009 defense bill includes no money for buying a Navy DDG-1000 destroyer, yet its chairman expressed doubts yesterday about the sea service’s new plan to stop building the destroyers and restart production of older DDG-51 combatants. The $487.7 billion bill the HAC-D marked up yesterday […]

Cubic Acquires Military Training Firm Omega

Cubic Corp. [CUB] said on Tuesday that it has acquired privately held Omega Training Group, Inc., for $61 million in cash in a deal that significantly expands its live training capabilities. Cubic expects Omega to have between $60 million and $70 million in sales for its fiscal year that ends in Sept. 2009. Georgia-based Omega […]

NetFires LLC PAM Missile Prepares For Guided Test Flights

By Ann Roosevelt NetFires LLC, a joint venture between Raytheon [RTN] Missile Systems and Lockheed Martin [LMT] Missiles and Fire Control, announced a successful July 22 launch of another Non Line-of-Sight-Launch System (NLOS-LS) Precision Attack Missile (PAM), leading to the Guided Test Flight Phase, officials said. Scott Speet, executive vice president of NetFires LLC and […]

Boeing Apache Block III Prototype Racks Up Hours Testing New Capabilities

By Ann Roosevelt Boeing’s [BA] prototype AH-64D Apache Block III PVD-Model 27 has accrued 12 hours as it incrementally tests the latest capabilities that will significantly improve the multi-mission helicopter. The helicopter first flew in late June, followed by an official first flight and audience of more than 300 industry, military and civilian onlookers July […]

ITT Night Vision Running 24/7 To Keep Up With Demand

By Ann Roosevelt ITT Corp.’s [ITT] Night Vision is running night and day to supply the United States and its allies with night vision equipment, according to officials. "[We are] basically running 24/7 operations in some of our departments in the factory at Roanoke in keeping up with the demand of the U.S. military and […]

ITT Night Vision Moves To The Future

By Ann Roosevelt ITT Corp.’s [ITT] Night Vision is working on the future of night vision using new wavelengths and developing digital fusion core technology and considering new markets, according to company officials. "Our plan is to take that into a lot of different areas where we’ve never been before," Mike Alvis, vice president, business […]

Raytheon’s SLAMRAAM Moves Another Step Toward Fielding

By Ann Roosevelt Raytheon’s [RTN] Surface Launched Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (SLAMRAAM) recently successfully completed system field integration testing at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., demonstrating interoperability with both Patriot and Avenger weapon systems. "Successful integration testing will help put this much-needed air defense capability into our warfighter’s hands," Pete Franklin, vice president for Raytheon […]

FCS MGV Mounted Combat System Turret Tests Begin

The Army is ready to begin strenuous turret testing of the Future Combat Systems (FCS) Manned Ground Vehicle (MGV) Mounted Combat System, marking a major milestone in hardware development for the next generation of combat vehicles. BAE Systems is partnered with General Dynamics [GD] in developing the FCS MGVs. Lead System Integrator Boeing [BA] and […]

Boeing Apache Helicopter Goes Green

By Ann Roosevelt Boeing’s [BA] AH-64 Apache helicopter program has implemented the use of chromium-free primer on the helicopter as part of the company’s strategic decision to pioneer environmentally progressive products and services, according to company officials. Instead of the bright yellow chromium primer, the Apache program has moved to the Deft Inc.-produced Sea Foam […]