Archive: Army

BAE Systems To Produce More M777A2 Howitzers

BAE Systems has received a $176 million order from the Defense Department for 87 additional M777A2 155mm towed howitzers. The order adds to the 589 M777A2 howitzers already on order for the U.S. armed forces, of which more than 300 have been delivered. The 155mm towed howitzers purchased under this contract will be delivered in […]

NNSA Calls On Corps of Engineers To Manage Big Plutonium Project

By George Lobsenz The National Nuclear Security Administration, under fire for design, cost and management problems on several major projects, has signed an agreement to have the Army Corps of Engineers serve as construction manager for the Pit Disassembly and Conversion Facility, a first-of-its-kind plutonium disposal facility. Officials at NNSA, the Energy Department’s semi-autonomous nuclear […]

Raytheon Readying For LADS Mortar Tests Later This Year

By Geoff Fein Raytheon [RTN] later this year will test its Laser Area Defense System (LADS) against mortars to demonstrate the military utility for lasers on the battlefield, a company official said. Raytheon first tested its LADS system, a laser that is coupled with the company’s Land-Based Phalanx Weapon System, back in 2006, Mike Booen, […]

Advanced 120mm Gun For FCS Mounted Combat System In Safety Testing

By Ann Roosevelt ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md.–The 120mm XM360 gun that will provide the firepower for the Army’s Future Combat System (FCS) Mounted Combat System (MCS) is firing for safety certification, according to officials. "Once certification is completed, then troops can be near the gun and fire it," Dave Smith, U.S. Army Benet Laboratories, Watervliet, […]

Army, State Department, To Work Together On Stability Operations

Stability operations appear to be an idea whose time has come, as a future failing state crisis could see State Department-led civilian groups moving and working alongside Army soldiers under plans to coordinate Army and State Department stability capabilities, officials said. The Army’s new Field Manual 3.0, released late last month, elevates stability operations alongside […]

Raytheon Seeks Navy JAGM Risk Reduction Contract

By Geoff Fein Raytheon [RTN] is hoping its experience in weapon systems and its partnership with Boeing [BA] will lead to a Navy contract to develop the Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) for use on Super Hornet aircraft. The program, which began almost a decade ago as an Army effort to replace both TOW and Hellfire, […]

NCI Completes Purchase of Certain MTC Assets

NCI, Inc. [NCIT] this week said it has completed its acquisition of an Army contract and related personnel from MTC Technologies [MTCT], which helps clear the way for BAE Systems’ pending acquisition of MTC. Terms of the asset purchase and its impact on 2008 financial results will be discussed at NCI’s first quarter earnings call […]

FCS Common Control Node Phase II Nears Completion

By Ann Roosevelt ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md.–Early next month, the Future Common Control Node, a simulation, software and development center for the Army’s major modernization program, the Future Combat System (FCS), will be up and running as part of the programs national network, according to service officials. "Phase II will be completed in the next […]

Army Contract Seeks New Kinetic Missile Interceptor To Kill Rockets, Artillery

The Army is awarding contracts for design and demonstration of a prototype kinetic-kill missile interceptor that would take down enemy rockets, artillery and mortars. Northrop Grumman [NOC] received one of the contracts, worth $6 million in the first phase and up to $40 million if all options are utilized, the company said last week. This […]