Archive: Army

Northrop Grumman In Second Year of Next Generation ABIS Development

By Calvin Biesecker Northrop Grumman [NOC] has begun to get the computer architecture in place for the Defense Department’s new biometric database and, by the end of this year, is expected to have the computer system ready to begin adding biometric search capabilities, the Army project manager overseeing the work said yesterday. Northrop Grumman is […]

Army Holds Fast To FCS Funding Plan

By Jen DiMascio Despite warnings from the secretary of defense and members of Congress, the Army maintains it can afford and has planned for its top modernization program–the Future Combat System (FCS). Last week, Defense Secretary Robert Gates was asked a question about a $119 billion shortfall in its budget plan for increasing the size […]

Reorganized WIN-T Program Approaches Critical Design Review

`The next iteration of the Army’s battlefield network communications recently demonstrated an on-the-move capability, as the program’s design faces another review. Increment two of the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical, provides commanders with an on-the-move upgrade to its existing battlefield communications network. General Dynamics C4 Systems [GD], the prime contractor on the program, announced this week that […]

BAE Systems’ NLOS-C Platform Fires 1,000th Round

BAE Systems yesterday announced the recent firing of the 1,000th round from the Future Combat Systems’ Non-Line-of-Sight Cannon (NLOS-C) firing platform. NLOS-C is a 155mm auto-loading cannon that would replace the Crusader, also a BAE vehicle, terminated by the Army in 2002. NLOS-C development saw benefits from the knowledge gained in the Crusader program. The […]

Aircraft Self-Protection Receivers Top USSOCOM Wish List

By Ann Roosevelt The Suite of Integrated Radio Frequency Countermeasures (SIRFC) Radar Warning Receivers for the MH-60M Black Hawk are No. 1 on the $413 million list of unfunded priorities U.S. Special Operations Command sent to Congress this week. The 31 items on the list are those the command says it needs, but could not […]

Army Seeks $3.9 Billion In Unfunded Requirements

By Jen DiMascio The Army’s chief of staff outlined $3.9 billion in unfunded needs for fiscal year 2009–including $1.59 billion for Humvees and additional equipment for the National Guard. Gen. George Casey also stressed that the service requires fast passage of the wartime supplemental request before Memorial Day in the letter sent to members of […]

Army, Navy Fire Scouts: Similar Look, But Treading Different Paths

By Geoff Fein Looking across the production line at Northrop Grumman’s [NOC] Mississippi facility, it’s hard for anyone to tell the difference between the Army and Navy variants of the MQ-8B Fire Scout. But the differences are there and they extend beyond payloads and capabilities. The official Army program is the Future Combat System (FCS) […]

Army Orders More AeroVironment Raven UAVs

AeroVironment Inc. [AVAV] Feb. 7 announced a $45.8 million Army award for additional RQ-11B Raven small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and associated services by the exercise of a one-year option under an existing multi-year contract. Each Raven system typically consists of three aircraft, a ground control station, system spares, and related services. In fiscal year […]

Reorganized WIN-T Program Approaches Critical Design Review

By Jen DiMascio The next iteration of the Army’s battlefield network communications recently demonstrated an on-the-move capability, as the program’s design faces another review. Increment two of the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical, provides commanders with an on-the-move upgrade to its existing battlefield communications network. General Dynamics C4 Systems [GD], the prime contractor on the program, announced […]

DoD Preparing For FYDP Strategic Investment Guidance

By Ann Roosevelt The Defense Department will soon receive strategic guidance for the future years defense budget, fiscal years 2010-2015, according to a top Pentagon official. "We’re just finishing the guidance for the development of the force, which provides strategic guidance for our investment for the period FY’10-’15," Michael Vickers, assistant secretary of defense for […]