Archive: Army

Guard Response Limited By Number of Aviation Assets, Lengyel Says

In discussing the National Guard Bureau’s response to Hurricane Michael last week, Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel, chief of the National Guard Bureau, said that the Guard needs more aviation assets, particularly Boeing [BA] CH-47 Chinooks, for on-call response to contingencies, including national disasters. “Aviation is almost always a limiting factor,” Lengyel told the Defense […]

SAIC's Mobile Protected Firepower offering at the AUSA Conference. Photo: Matthew Beinart.

SAIC Preparing For Army’s Mobile Protected Firepower Decision In November, Interest In Next-Gen Combat Vehicle

SAIC [SAIC] is readying for a November decision from the Army on its Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) program to buy a new light tank for its infantry brigades, with officials also positioning their vehicle offering as a potential option for the service’s next generation combat vehicle (NGCV) effort. Jim Scanlon, senior vice president for SAIC’s […]

Synturian Ready for AI and Manned-Unmanned Teaming, Textron Says

A new command and control collaboration technology developed by Textron Systems [TXT], Synturian, is ready to give military pilots the ability to control manned-unmanned teaming drones with just a few inputs from a cockpit display. Textron has been developing Synturian for several years and proved its ability to support manned-unmanned aircraft teaming during a July […]

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Army Not Pushing 360-Degree Sensor For Patriot Radar Replacement

The lead official for the Army’s team to find a new missile defense radar said a 360-degree sensor will not be required for companies moving forward in the competition, but emphasized a need to meet increased battlespace criteria and advanced network integration capabilities. Brig. Gen. Randall McIntire, director of the Air and Missile Defense cross […]

Artistic rendering of Aerovironment's Shrike 2 UAV and Switchblade loitering munition paired with General Dynamics' armored reconnaissance vehicle in development for the U.S. Marine Corps. (Image: Aerovironment)

General Dynamics, Aerovironment Aim to Pair Drones with Ground Vehicles for Army, Marines

A new industry partnership could bring the Army and Marine Corps a step closer to incorporating manned-unmanned teaming concepts into combat operations. Unmanned aerial vehicle-maker Aerovironment has partnered with General Dynamics Land Systems [GD] to integrate two of its systems onto the vehiclemaker’s new armored reconnaissance vehicle (ARV), in development for the Marines, the company […]

BAE Systems' MkIV CV90. Photo: Matthew Beinart

Army Looks At Potential Next-Gen Combat Vehicle Offerings, RFP To Drop By January

The Army is looking to 2026 to replace its Bradleys with a new optionally manned fighting vehicle (OFMV) as the first step in its next-generation combat vehicle (NGCV) effort, with a request for proposals due by January. BAE Systems’ CV90, General Dynamics’ [GD] Griffin III and Raytheon’s [RTN] Lynx fighting vehicles were among the concept […]

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Leonardo DRS Announces $800 Million In Sensor Contracts, Including Army Deal For New Mounted Laser Rangefinder

Leonardo DRS on Tuesday announced $800 million in electro-optical and infrared sensors contracts from the Pentagon, including a $231 million deal to deliver a new tripod mounted laser designator rangefinder to the Army. The Army in September awarded Leonardo DRS a 10-year deal to potentially deliver 2,700 next-generation Lightweight Laser Designator Rangement (LLDR) for forward […]

GAO graphic showing fictitious weapon system with embedded software and IT systems that could be vulnerable to cyber attacks. Source: GAO

GAO Warns Of Cyber Security Vulnerabilities In Weapon Systems

The Defense Department is in the stages of improving the cyber security of the weapon systems it develops and the vulnerabilities of these systems are made worse due to their complexity, warns a new report by congressional auditors. The potential risks from these vulnerabilities are huge. “These weapons are essential to maintaining our nation’s military […]