Archive: Army

BAE Systems To Provide Army Emergency Escape Window Kits

BAE Systems will provide 2,354 Vehicle Emergency Escape (VEE) window kits and 2,000 spare window panels under an estimated $25 million contract from the Army. The contract from the Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) is for use on up-armored M1151 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV). If a soldier is trapped, it will take […]

BAE Systems Leads Alliance To Develop Mini Robots

BAE Systems April 28 announced it signed a five year, $38 million agreement with the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) to lead an alliance of researchers and scientists from the Army, academia and industry to develop miniature robots to improve military situational awareness. The Micro Autonomous Systems and Technology (MAST) Collaborative Technology Alliance will research and […]

FCS Successfully Completes Role In Air Force JEFX 2008

By Ann Roosevelt The Army’s Future Combat Systems (FCS) deems successful it’s ability to shorten the sensor-to-shooter link in its portion of the Air Force’s Joint Expeditionary Force Experiment (JEFX) 2008, program officials said. "By using portions of the FCS network during a real operational setting Joint Service staff were enabled to share situational awareness […]

Top Iraq General Tapped To Lead US Central Command

By Ann Roosevelt Army Gen. David Petraeus was nominated yesterday by Defense Secretary Robert Gates to move from command of Multinational Force Iraq to lead U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), pending Senate approval. "I recommended him to the president because I am absolutely confident he is the best man for the job," Gates said at a […]

DoD Acquisition Chief Wants Accelerated Merger of Army, Air Force UAV Program

By Ann Roosevelt The Pentagon’s top acquisition official wants to find out when the Army and Air Force can merge their unmanned aerial vehicle programs and then accelerate the process. "It looks to my team like there are benefits," to merging the two programs, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition Logistics and Technology John Young […]

General Dynamics Foundation, U.K. MoD, Conference Examines Network Future

Senior U.K. military commanders and experts will debate the future of land digitization at a conference next month organized by General Dynamics [GD] UK Research Foundation and the U.K. Ministry of Defense. The May 8 London conference will be the latest in the Whither Warfare series, and will examine progress in the delivery of network […]

Pentagon’s Acquisition Chief Taking Steps To Improve Program Execution

By Geoff Fein The Pentagon’s chief weapons buyer is looking to a number of efforts such as competitive prototyping to improve program execution and help deliver systems and technologies to warfighters quicker. John Young, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, is also examining ways to rein in costs, bring stability to acquisition […]

iRobot FCS Contract Work Tops $60 Million

By Ann Roosevelt iRobot Corp. [IRBT] Future Combat Systems (FCS) contract is now valued at about $63 million with the April 21 announcement of a $6 million agreement on the acceleration of the Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle (SUGV) with the FCS Lead Systems Integrator (LSI) Boeing [BA] and SAIC [SAI] . SUGV is a tactical […]

Congress Short-Changes Defense; Huge Funding Increases Needed To Support Existing, Future Programs Including Procurement Of Major Weapons Platforms: AIA Report

The federal government needs to step up to the challenge and fully fund myriad defense programs, specifically including procurement of ships, tanks, planes, missiles and more, the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) stated in a new report. The AIA noted that its warning comes as war costs, bills to pay for replacing or repairing platforms damaged […]

Modernization Continues At ATK Lake City Ammunition Plant

By Ann Roosevelt ATK [ATK] continues modernizing the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence, Mo., even as the plant produces about 1.4 billion cartridges a year as the primary production source for small caliber ammunition. "The only remaining small caliber Army ammunition plant is Lake City…we are considered a national asset," Randy Wisian, ATK […]