Archive: Army

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 […]

Path Cleared For Senate Approval of DoD Nominees, Including Navy Acquisition Czar Pick Stackley

By Emelie Rutherford Congressional staffer Sean Stackley may be cleared to become the Navy acquisition chief in the near future, because Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) is expected to lift a hold he placed on the nominations of civilian Defense Department nominations. With the hold lifted, Stackley’s and the three other Pentagon nominations–already approved by the […]

Pentagon Orders 813 Mine-Resistant Vehicles From General Dynamics, BAE Systems

By Emelie Rutherford The Pentagon yesterday placed $612 million worth of orders with General Dynamics [DG] and BAE Systems for 813 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles (MRAPS), according to a contract announcement. Because the Pentagon recently shifted funds to arrange for buying 1,576 MRAPs, it appears more orders are on the way for the vehicles […]

Army Successfully Launches NLOS-LS Precision Attack Missile

By Ann Roosevelt The Army said it recently completed two successful tests of the Non Line-of-Sight-Launch System (NLOS-LS) Precision Attack Missile (PAM) at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. NLOS-LS development is done by Netfires LLC, a joint Raytheon [FTN]-Lockheed Martin [LMT] team, which received a $1.1 billion contract for systems development and demonstration in 2004 […]

Lockheed Martin Pathfinder Team Prepares For Army Tests

Lockheed Martin [LMT] announced July 14 the Pathfinder flight team set up operations at Felker Army Airfield, Fort Eustis, Va., this week in preparation for the system’s developmental and limited-user evaluation by the Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate. Army aircrews will evaluate the Pathfinder system, a state-of-the-art pilotage sensor for cargo and utility aircraft. The […]

Boeing Apache Block III Helicopter Shifts To The Future

By Ann Roosevelt MESA, Ariz.–More than 300 Army leaders, suppliers and company personnel turned out on the flight line July 9 to see Boeing’s [BA] AH-64D Apache Block III on it’s first flight–with Apache Master Pilot Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Richard Cody in the co-pilot gunner seat and Army experimental pilot Chief Warrant […]

Pentagon To Decide Fate of Army Recon Helicopter In Wake of Massive Cost Growth

By Marina Malenic The Army said yesterday that its Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) program has exceeded its $6.2 billion budget estimate by over 40 percent, triggering a mandatory Defense Department review of the effort. The Army notified Congress of the overrun on Tuesday night, service officials told reporters during a background briefing at the Pentagon […]

Pentagon Preparing To Buy $1.7 Billion In MRAPs, Possibly Final Hurrah For Program

By Emelie Rutherford The Pentagon is expected to order 1,610 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles in coming days, though the $1.7 billion purchase will not include the next-generation MRAP II vehicles, sources said. "It’s definite" the MRAP II vehicles will not be included in the order, likely to be placed with multiple companies, one […]

Northrop Grumman, Oshkosh, JLTV Armor Successful In Tests

Northrop Grumman [NOC] and Oshkosh Defense [OSK] announced their offering for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) family has undergone successful armor testing as the Army-Marine Corps program nears selecting competing teams to move forward. Oshkosh and Plasan USA, which was selected to design and engineer the vehicle’s armor in February, conducted ballistic and mine-blast […]

AeroVironment Awarded $200 Million USSOCOM Contract For Puma AE

AeroVironment Inc. [AVAV] recently said the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) has selected Puma AE as its All Environment Capable Variant (AECV) for its Small Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) requirement under a contract with a potential total of $200 million. The one-year Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract, with four one-year options provides for the […]