Archive: Army

Apache Block III Prepares For First Flight, Officials Say

By Ann Roosevelt The first prototype flight of the Block III version of the AH-64 Apache helicopter is scheduled for July 9, according to Army and Boeing [BA] officials. The Block III Apache was not designed for Apache battalion commanders, Mark Hayes, Army Training and Doctrine Command Capabilities Manager, said at the Army’s Quad A […]

Army Light Utility Helicopter Program Costs Rise In SAR

By Ann Roosevelt Modifications and procurement changes account for a program cost increase of more than 11 percent for the Army’s new Light Utility Helicopter (LUH), produced by the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. (EADS), officials said. The most recent Defense Department Selected Acquisition Report released April 7 reported the LUH "[p]rogram costs increased […]

IAC Advanced Diagnostics Credited With Saving Apache Helicopter

By Ann Roosevelt NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.–Intelligent Automation Corporation (IAC) said its advanced Health and Usage Monitoring Systems (HUMS) installed on Army AH-64 Apache helicopters is credited with accurately detecting and diagnosing impending tail rotor swashplate bearing faults in five Apaches. Tear down analysis, conducted on the tail rotor swashplate assembly, confirmed that the extent of […]

DoD Approves Funds To Start Stryker Product Improvement Program

By Ann Roosevelt The Defense Department’s chief acquisition officer has approved up to $10 million in FY 2008 research, development test and evaluation (RDT&E) funds to initiate a Stryker Product Improvement Program (S-PIP). Stryker vehicles are produced by General Dynamics [GD], and come in 10 variants from infantry carrier to medical evacuation to mobile gun […]

Lockheed Martin DAGR Successful In Recent Testing, Company Says

By Ann Roosevelt Lockheed Martin [LMT] said it recently completed another series of successful tests of the Direct Attack Guided Rocket (DAGR) semi-active laser guidance kits for 2.75 inch/70mm rockets. The DAGR guidance kit adapts to rockets such as the Hydra 70 and CRV-7, with high explosive and blast fragmentation warheads, to provide guided-rocket performance […]

From Factory To Front Line, 5,000 MRAPS Delivered

As of April 5, more than 5,000 mine-resistant, ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles to protect troops have been delivered to U.S. Central Command’s area of operations, according to U.S. Transportation Command. "This is truly an achievement of all the military and commercial partners in this venture," Gen. Norton Schwartz, U.S.Transportation Command commander, said. "These lifesaving vehicles […]

Battle Command A Major Focus For Army Operations, General Says

By Ann Roosevelt The Army’s new operational doctrine, Field Manual 3-0, requiring forces to be able to conduct simultaneous offense, defense and stability operations reflects and goes beyond the new realities from current conflict. "One of the big [changes] ones, I think is this whole idea of battle command and the centrality of the commander […]

Army Sky Warrior Makes Its Debut

By Ann Roosevelt NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.–The Army’s Extended Range Multi-Purpose Unmanned Aircraft Weapon System made its debut here April 8 at the Army Aviation Association of America’s annual convention. "What a great opportunity to preview our first representative production item here of the Warrior aircraft," Col. Tim Crosby, deputy Program Executive Office Aviation, said standing […]

Cody: Army Aviation Must Keep Making The Hard Choices

By Ann Roosevelt NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.–Army aviation must not defer hard decisions to remain agile, lethal and successful, according to the Army Vice Chief of Staff. "The branch since its inception has made the hard choices," Gen. Richard Cody told the Army Aviation Association of America annual conference here. Army aviation has opportunities, despite being […]

BAE Systems Unveils Helmet-Mounted Display Technology

By Ann Roosevelt NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.–BAE Systems yesterday unveiled its Q-Sight family of helmet displays and tracking products that can bring improved situational awareness to Army pilots, according to officials. "It’s a revolutionary means of moving light using holographic wavelength," John Nix, vice president of business development for BAE’s defense avionics, said at the Army […]