Archive: Army

The newly modified M777A2 howitzer has the potential to double the system's current artillery range. The work is being done under the Army's ERCA science and technology effort. Photo: U.S. Army

Army Plans To Demonstrate New Extended Range Fires Capabilities In 2018

Faced with modernized capabilities from potential adversaries, the Army has accelerated development efforts in its long-range fires and plans to demonstrate new capabilities in cannon and projectiles in fiscal year 2018 that are being developed to extend the range and accuracy of current long-range artillery platforms and munitions, a service official said on Monday. The […]

AMPV.
Photo: BAE Systems.

AMPV Program Running On Schedule, Budget, Army Project Chief Says

The Army’s new program for multi-purpose armored vehicles is on track in terms of production vehicles, budget and testing, officials with the service and prime contractor BAE Systems said on Monday. Performance testing began in July and reliability testing is expected to begin later this month and so far, the Armored Multi-Purposed Vehicle (AMPV) is […]

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 OK’s Speedy Purchase Of Tank Anti-Missile Shields

Having identified a range of methods for balancing the tank’s turret when installed, the Army will outfit a brigade’s worth of M1A2 Abrams with guided missile shields by 2020. After about a year of installation and characterization of active protection systems (APS) on Abrams, the Army has decided the system provides sufficient capability to procure […]

CH-47 Chinook Helicopter.
Photo: Boeing.

Boeing To Test New Engine On CH-47 Chinook

Boeing [BA] plans to conduct a flight demonstration with a CH-47D Chinook in the “next couple years” to see whether its heavy-lift helicopter could someday accommodate a new, more fuel-efficient and more powerful engine, a company official said Oct. 9. The “proof of concept” test, which Boeing is pursuing under a cooperative research and development […]

Army CIO Lt. Gen. Bruce T. Crawford Photo: U.S. Army.

Army CIO: Slow Effort To Engage Industry Hurting Network Modernization Efforts

The Army’s effort to modernize its network in the face of growing adversarial threats continues to be hindered by a slow effort to leverage industry, according to Army Chief Information Officer (CIO) Lt. Gen. Bruce T. Crawford. Crawford believes a different approach is required to meet priorities for Army network modernization, including establishing mobility for […]

Program Executive Officer for the Army’s Command, Control Communications-Tactical Office Gary Martin. Photo: U.S. Army.

Army Finalizing WIN-T1 Updates, Command Post Modernization Efforts

The Army has set a spring 2018 deadline for fielding all updates to its Warfighter Information Network-Tactical Increment 1 (WIN-T1) system as its rolls out a series of modernization efforts for its command post operations. Gary Martin, program executive officer for the Army’s Command, Control Communication-Tactical Office, offered several updates to network projects aimed at […]

Acting Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy (left) and Chief of Staff Mark Milley hold a press conference at the 2017 Association of the U.S. Army annual expo in Washington, D.C.

To Modernize, Army Will Undergo Restructuring Unseen In 40 Years

The Army is set to undergo the largest structural change in four decades with the establishment of a modernization-focused command focused on bringing its decades-old vehicles and equipment into the 21st century. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley and Acting Secretary Ryan McCarthy laid out their plan to modernize the Army’s aging combat vehicles […]

JLTV Utility vehicle on display (middle photo) is equipped with the Boeing Maneuver Short Range Air Defense (SHORAD) Launcher including a M3P .50 cal machine gun, M299 launcher with four Longbow Hellfire missiles, sensor suite, and a communications suite including a Thales VRC-111.

Oshkosh Expands Mission Roles, Lethality Of JLTV

Oshkosh Defense is expanding the mission capabilities of the Army’s Humvee replacement, boosting the armored truck’s lethality with two new heavily armed variants. The Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) is designed to take over many of the mission roles of the legacy Humvee. The Army initially planned to purchase about 50,000 of the bomb-resistant trucks […]

Sig Sauer M17 (photo by Dan Parsons)

Three Army Units Will Recieve New M17 Handgun By Year-End

The Army’s new sidearm will enter service next month with the fielding of 2,000 handguns that will replace the Beretta M9. At that time, the XM17, called throughout its development the Modular Handgun System (MHS), will be designated the M17. The Army plans to issue 2,000 of the Sig Sauer pistols to the 101st Airborne […]

Defense Secretary James Mattis speaks at the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 9, 2017. (Photo by Marc Selinger/Defense Daily)

Mattis Hopeful AT&L Breakup Will Speed Up DoD Modernization

Defense Secretary James Mattis expressed optimism Oct. 9 that splitting the undersecretary for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L) into two separate positions will help the Department of Defense develop and field new technology more quickly. Speaking at the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) annual meeting in Washington, D.C., Mattis said he “completely” embraces the […]