Archive: Army

M109A7 Paladin. Photo: U.S. Army

BAE Systems Receives $216 Million M109A7 Howitzer Order Following Army Secretary’s Facility Inspection

BAE Systems has received a $216 million contract modification to deliver the latest round of M109A7 howitzers, following an inspection led by the Army secretary last month at the company’s facility in York, Pa., to address welding concerns with the system. The Pentagon announced the Army’s fourth low-rate initial production order on Sept. 28 for […]

MD530G Scout Attack Helicopter

Lebanon Orders 6 MD530G Attack Choppers in $1B+ Contract With U.S. Army

MD Helicopters continues to rack up orders for the MD530 with the purchase of six G-model attack helicopters by Lebanon under a $1.4 billion ongoing contract the company has with the U.S. government. It is the third delivery order in the past 12 months for MD under the indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract. The IDIQ contract estimates […]

A CH-47F Chinook assigned to Company B, 3rd Battalion, 126th Aviation, Photo: New York Army National Guard.

Second Experimental Block II Chinook Enters Assembly Ahead of Schedule

Boeing [BA] has loaded the second of three Ch-47F Block II aircraft into final assembly, and soon will have all three experimental performance-enhanced Chinooks being built up to achieve first flight next year. Both the first two aircraft entered assembly ahead of schedule and Boeing has been able to modestly speed up building the prototypes […]

Soldier in Army's Security Force Assistance Brigade uses Thales' IMBITR radio. Photo: Thales.

Thales Receives 10-Year Army Deal To Join Harris In Delivering Two-Channel Leader Radios

Thales has received a 10-year contract to deliver the first two-channel handheld radios for Army battlefield communications under the Leader Radio program, the company said on Thursday. The Army has placed an initial order for 1,540 of Thales’ AN/PRC-148C IMBITR radios, which will be delivered under the indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract alongside Harris [HRS] […]

Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Army Awards Lockheed Martin $289 Million For 24 HIMARS Launchers

Lockheed Martin [LMT] has received a $289 million deal to provide 24 more High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launchers to the Army, the company said Tuesday. Deliveries are expected to begin in the second half of 2020 with work to be completed by July 2022, a Lockheed Martin spokesman told Defense Daily. HIMARS is […]

Leonardo's Trophy APS, developed by Rafael, on an Army M1 Abrams Tank. Photo: Leonardo DRS

Leonardo DRS, Rafael Successfully Demonstrate Lighter Version Of Trophy APS On Bradley

Leonardo DRS and Israel’s Rafael completed successful live-fire qualifications for a lighter version of their Trophy active protection system (APS), demonstrating potential for future integration on smaller Army vehicles, including Bradleys and Strykers, the company said on Monday. The updated Trophy vehicle protection system (VPS) achieves a 40 percent reduction in weight, addressing previous Army […]

National Guard CH-47F in Raleigh, N.C. (Photo by Dan Parsons

Fresh From Afghanistan, US National Guard Chinooks Patrol Flooded NC

OVER EASTERN, N.C. — Before lifting off from Raleigh, N.C., pilot Peter Doerr, a chief warrant officer with the Maryland Army National Guard explains the day’s humanitarian relief mission and the CH-47F Chinook helicopter that would carry his crew half the state away to areas flooded by Hurricane Florence. Though they are obvious, he points […]

Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (GMLRS) Unitary Rocket Launch. 
Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Army Awards Northrop Grumman Full-Rate Production Deal For IM Rocket Motors

Northrop Grumman [NOC] has received a full-rate production contract from the Army to continue delivering its insensitive munitions (IM0 rocket motors for the Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) program, the company said Monday. The latest deal arrives after Northrop Grumman successfully completed final flights tests for its IM rocket motors this summer, which officials […]

Stryker. Photo: U.S. Army

Final Defense Spending Bill Increases Funding For Stryker Hull Upgrades

Congress has matched the Army’s $4.1 billion vehicle budget request in the final version of the fiscal year 2019 spending bill, while including a $200 million increase for Stryker upgrades needed to complete critical conversions to the modernized double-v hull variant. The final version of the House and Senate’s conference defense appropriations bill includes a […]

The Bell-Boeing MV-22. (Photo: Bell)

Consensus Defense Funding Bill Boosts Army, Navy Rotorcraft Procurement

A consensus spending bill agreed to by U.S. House and Senate budgeters would fully fund military rotorcraft procurement programs and boost funding for Army helicopters and Marine Corps tiltrotors. The conference report on the 2019 Defense Appropriations Act approves a total $41 billion and change in aircraft procurement funding for the Air Force, Army and […]