Archive: Army

A pilot from of 1st Squadron, 229th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., flies the new AH-64E Apache Longbow
Photo: U.S. Army

Open Architecture Future Vertical Lift Family Will Include Advanced UAS

Aside from developing a revolutionary new family of rotorcraft, the Army’s ongoing Future Vertical Lift (FVL) program includes building a next-generation unmanned aerial system that will fly in formation with those future helicopters, operate autonomously or swarm enemy air defenses. FVL seeks a family of rotorcraft that eventually will replace legacy helicopters with new designs […]

Aerial drone image of an M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank crew, from the 1st Armor Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, conducting Table VI Gunnery at Fort Stewart, Ga. December 8, 2016.

Future Army Vehicle Missile Shields Defined By Open-Architecture Brain

HUNTSVILLE, Ala.–Lockheed Martin [LMT] will continue to develop the Army’s future vehicle missile shield open architecture controller, a central brain that will operate a suite of technologies providing layered protection against enemy guided munitions. About 45 companies are working in a consortium to design the Army’s Modular Active Protection System (MAPS) suite of sensors and […]

A Bradley Fighting Vehicle crew with 1st Battalion, 37th Armored Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas, drives to an objective during Iron Union 18-6 in the United Arab Emirates, Jan. 23, 2018.   (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Thomas X. Crough, U.S. ARCENT PAO)

‘Holy Grail’ Next-Gen Combat Vehicle Prototypes To Begin Delivering In 2019

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – After years of searching for the Holy Grail of combat vehicles and failing to the right mix of technologies at an affordable price, the Army is within reach of a plan to develop a pair of manned and unmanned fighting vehicles with revolutionary capabilities over legacy fleets, according to Gen. Robert Abrams, […]

U.S. Army Gen. Gus Perna, Army Materiel Command commanding general, gives opening remarks at the Association of the U.S. Army Global Force Symposium 2018 in Huntsville, Alabama, Mar. 27, 2018. Hundreds of Soldiers, Army civilians, academia and industry partners attended the event. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Teddy Wade)

AMC Chief Perna: Army Is In ‘Shameful’ Shape, Must Modernize

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Not only is the Army not in fighting shape for future wars, it is in such dire need of systemic modernization that it is in “shameful” condition, according to the service’s chief logistician. The Army must challenge and change the status quo that has resulted in the Army suffocating under the burden […]

The launch of an Advanced Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) unit. Photo: Lockheed Martin

Army Speeds Up Fielding Artillery Missile By Five Years

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A team of senior Army leaders, acquisition officials and engineers empowered to work directly with industry on a specific need will deliver a long-range precision artillery missile as many as five years sooner than originally planned. The long-range precision fires (LRPF) cross-functional team (CFT) plans on buying prototypes of the Precision Strike […]

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Secretary Describes Nearly Invincible, Fighting-Ready Vision For Army Of 2028

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A decade from now, the Army must be able to fight and win against large, sophisticated militaries at a moment’s notice anywhere in the world while maintaining the proficiency in low-intensity conflict it has perfected over the past 16 years, according to Secretary Mark Esper. In his first address to the Association […]

Soldiers with I Corps, receive hands-on radio communication training during a field exercise at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Jan. 21. This training was provided to give the Soldiers the opportunity to learn how to work and be proficient with the different types of radio communication systems. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sinthia Rosario, 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

Harris Delivers Version Of Two-Channel SOCOM Radio To Big Army

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Harris Corp. [HRS] has introduced a new advanced two-channel handheld radio, based on one the company already builds for Special Operations Command, that simultaneously delivers voice and data networking to the Army. The AN/PRC-163 radio is lightweight, rugged and features a flexible software-defined architecture – enabling users to quickly add new waveforms […]

Army Scientist: ‘Futures Command’ Must Deliver Weapons, Gear Faster

AUSTIN, Texas — The Army’s new Futures Command, however it shakes out, should focus on getting technology to soldiers as quickly as it emerges, according to a senior service scientist. What’s holding back new weapons, sensors and systems development is not technological hurdles, but the bureaucratic ones, according to Jeffrey Singleton, deputy assistant secretary of […]

Army Needs Smarter Drones To Replace Legacy Platforms

AUSTIN, Texas – The Army wants new tactical unmanned aerial vehicles that would eventually replace the drones the service now flies, including the General Atomics Gray Eagle and Shadow aircraft. Unmanned aerial systems need a greater degree of autonomy and should perform more missions than they currently do, said. Jeffrey Singleton, the service’s director of […]

Maj. Gen. Peter Gallagher, director of architecture, operations, networks, and space for the  Office of the Army Chief Information Officer/G-6 discussing "Halt, Fix, Pivot." Photo: Matthew Beinart.

Army Looking To Industry, Short-Term Solutions For New Approach To Fixing Tactical Network

Army officials are moving ahead with a halt, fix, pivot approach to address vulnerability and technical concerns with its tactical network, looking for industry input on long-term solutions to improve resiliency and embracing short-term programs for the most pressing communication needs. Following a period of mission analysis and user feedback from operational units, leadership from […]