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The Abrams M1A2 SEPv3 is a great step forward in reliability, sustainability, protection, and onboard power -- positioning the Abrams tank and the Army's ABCTs for the future. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo )

Army Upgrading Abrams With Current, Future Tank Tech In Mind

When Army officials voice concerns that legacy combat vehicles are nearing the end of their functional lives, that incremental upgrades are yielding diminishing returns, they are not talking about the M1 Abrams main battle tank. The Army on Oct. 4 took delivery of the first six M1A2 system enhancement package version three (SEPv3) tanks, which […]

An Armored Crew from the 3/73 Armor (Airborne), 82d Airborne Division, driving a M551A1 Sheridan light tank, takes time out at a nearby trail during their rotation at the Joint Readiness Training Center. (Wikicommons)

‘It’s Put-Up Or Shut-Up Time’ For Industry Light-Tank Hopefuls,

The Army is in the market for a new light tank to accompany infantry brigades into combat and the service is not prepared to wait around during a protracted development program. A contract award for Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) should occur this time next year and the winning vehicle manufacturer or industry team is expected […]

A Lockheed ATACMS missile launches at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. (Photo from Lockheed Martin)

Lockheed Completes Seventh Successful ATACMS Flight Test

Lockheed Martin [LMT] has conducted another successful modernization flight test of the Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. Launched from a soldier-manned High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launcher, the ATACMS missile flew 140 kilometers and demonstrated a proximity sensor height-of-burst detonation over the target area, according to Lockheed. This […]

Endeavor Robotics won a U.S. Army contract to build the Man Transportable Robotic System (MTRS) Increment 2. The company displayed this sign at the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) annual meeting in October 2017. (Photo by Marc Selinger/Defense Daily)

Endeavor Robotics Says ‘Details Coming Soon’ On New Army UGV

Endeavor Robotics, which recently won a U.S. Army competition to build the Man Transportable Robotic System (MTRS) Increment 2, remains tightlipped about its offering for the medium-weight unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) program. At the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) annual meeting in Washington, D.C., company officials declined Oct. 10 to discuss their winning proposal. […]

Major General Eric Wesley, commader of the Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning, Ga. Photo: U.S. Army.

Army Should Have Prototypes For Next-Gen Combat Vehicle By 2022

The Army is looking to develop a new combat vehicle that incorporates s five key enabling technologies: a vehicle protection suite, directed energy and energetics, power management, advanced armor and robotics/autonomous systems. The Army has established an integrated concept development team that is figuring out the requirements for the Next-Generation Combat Vehicle (NGCV). The service […]

Honorable Steffanie Easter, the acting assistant secretary of the army for acquisition, logistics and technology for the Army, examines one of the camera systems that is used for force protection, during a capabilities visit with the ALT team at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, April 11. Easter’s visit provided her the opportunity to see firsthand the capabilities of the troops within the area. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Bethany Huff, ARCENT Public Affairs)

Army Considers Punishing Industry For “Frivolous” Protests

The Army is asking Congress for permission to punish companies that launch “frivolous” protests that routinely stall acquisition programs for months, according to the Army’s acting chief weapons buyer. Protests often are valid, but many are knee-jerk reactions by companies when they lose a contract, Stephanie Easter, acting secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics […]

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley addresses the 2017 Association of the U.S. Army expo in Washington, D.C. (photo by Dan Parsons)

Milley Insists On Expanded Virtual Training For Soldiers

The Army should invest as much in virtual training for frontline soldiers as the Air Force spends on pilots for its most advanced fighter jets, said Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley. “Tens of millions of dollars are spent and invested in training and simulation for an F-35 pilot before they are ever allowed to […]

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Leonardo Scores Production Contract For MRAP-Based Counter-Drone System

The Army has awarded Leonardo DRS a contract to fulfill an urgent operational need to protect soldiers from enemy unmanned aerial systems (UAS). The $42 million contract for counter-UAS capability is a follow-on to a previous contract under which DRS and Moog [MOG.A, MOG.B]] built prototypes of a two-vehicle anti-drone defense system. The previous $16 […]

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 […]

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 […]