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U.S. Soldiers, assigned to the 2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, secure their Battalion headquarters in a M1 Abrams Tank, during Decisive Action Rotation 17-04 at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif., Feb 19, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. JD Sacharok, Operations Group, National Training Center)

Army To Equip Three Tank Brigades With Trophy Missile Shields

The Army’s fiscal 2019 budget request includes funding to equip three Armored Brigade Combat Teams worth of Abrams tanks with Trophy active protection systems (APS) capable of knocking down enemy guided missiles. Together with the 87 Trophy systems included in fiscal 2018 Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding, the Army is preparing to purchase 369 of […]

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Aviation Pays For Ground Combat Vehicles And Munitions As Army Preps For High-End War

Ground combat systems have overtaken aviation as the most expensive Army procurement portfolio, mainly to reinforce a return to fighting high-end decisive conflict in Europe and elsewhere. Aviation procurement took a $400 million, or 10 percent, hit in the Army’s budget request unveiled Feb. 12, the third year in a row aircraft procurement has paid […]

Dragoons from Lightning Troop, 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment advance in a Stryker during a joint training exercise with Lithuanian soldiers in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve at Pabrade Training Area, Lithuania, March 2, 2015. Photo: DVIDS

$9.5 Billion Army Budget Hike Funds Endstrength, Modernization In FY19

The Army’s fiscal 2019 budget request provides a nearly $10 billion boost in funding aimed at growing the force while providing more for daily operations, procurement and modernization. At $148.4 billion, the Army’s fiscal 2019 base budget request comes in at $9.5 billion, or 7 percent, above the fiscal 2018 request. The spending plan released […]

Bell V-280 Valor concept art. (Bell Helicopter)

Forget Bases: Army’s Futures Command May Flourish In A City

The Army wants to establish its new Futures Command in a technically-savvy city with access to academia, entrepreneurs and its own bases by summer, but will take about a year to iron out exactly what the modernization-focused organization will look like. “The type of command we’re looking for, it doesn’t have flags out front or […]

Medium Tactical Vehicles (MTVs)

Oshkosh Inks $476 Million Deal To Keep Building Army Trucks

With a new, nearly half-billion-dollar contract, Oshkosh Defense [OSK] remains the incumbent manufacturer of the Army’s Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV). The Army on Feb. 7 awarded Oshkosh Defense the $476 million, seven-year deal to build the FMTV A2 variant. Oshkosh has held the FMTV contract since 2009 but was pitted last year against […]

Cpl. Carlo Deldonno, 2017 Army Reserve Best Warrior NCO of the Year, shoots a M4 rifle on a known distance range. 2017 Army Reserve Best Warrior winners and runners up train at Fort Devens, Mass. for three weeks to prepare for the Department of Army Best Warrior Competition.

Army Fast Tracking New, More Powerful, Small Arms

Anticipating the need to fire at long ranges against troops equipped with advanced body armor, the Army is fast-tracking introduction of new small arms that provide better ballistics performance at lighter weights than the M16 and M4 carbine carried currently. Plans are to begin fielding the squad designated marksman rifle (SDMR), which is carried by […]

By 2025, the Army sees ground troops conducting foot patrols in urban terrain with robots—called Squad Multipurpose Equipment Transport vehicles—that carry rucksacks and other equipment. Unmanned aircraft could serve as spotters, according to the Army’s new strategy for robotic and autonomous systems. They could also deliver cargo, reducing reliance on rotary-wing support and facilitating sustainment. (U.S. Army image)

Modular, Open Software Key To Fielding Army Ground Robots

Robotic and autonomous systems, deemed necessary for the Army to fight future wars, may be out of its price range unless the service can harness affordably upgradeable, open-architecture systems to keep the cost of acquisition and sustainment down, according to Paul Rogers, director of the Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC). “Affordability will […]

The CH-53K King Stallion arrives at Naval Air Station, Patuxent River on June 30, 2017.  Photo courtesy U.S. Navy. (PRNewsfoto/Lockheed Martin)

Lockheed Martin Sikorsky Pairs With Rheinmetall for German Helo Competition

Lockheed Martin [LMT] said Tuesday its Sikorsky division has signed a strategic teaming agreement with Germany’s Rheinmetall to bid the CH-53K helicopter for the German Air Force helicopter competition, where it is battling against the Boeing [BA] CH-47. Rheinmetall is the lead teammate in its bid, Sikorsky said. “With Rheinmetall as the strategic partner for […]

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Polaris Unveils Optionally-Manned Light Ground Vehicle

Polaris has introduced an optionally-manned version of the light all-terrain vehicle it builds for the Marine Corps and Special Operations Command.  The advanced MRZR-X multi-mode, connected vehicle platform was unveiled at the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International defense conference in National Harbor, Md The Marine Corps has purchased about 150 Polaris MRZR D4 light […]

Army Orders Another $106 Million Worth Of JLTVs

The Army on Feb. 2 placed an eighth order for Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV) that will replace a portion of its and the Marine Corps’ Humvee fleets. Oshkosh Defense [OSK] took home a $106 million order for 416 JLTVs and 832 associated installed and packaged kits. The previous order for the trucks came in […]