Archive: Navy/USMC

Coast Guard icebreaker Polar Star. The cutter was built by the former Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company and was commissioned in 1977. Photo: Coast Guard

Planned Heavy Polar Icebreaker Fleet Pegged At $10 Billion; Program Faces Risks, GAO Says

The estimated life-cycle costs for the Coast Guard’s planned fleet of three heavy polar icebreakers is $9.8 billion and the program faces a number of risks, including design, technology, cost and schedule, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The cost estimate includes acquisition, operations and maintenance of the icebreakers over […]

Boeing shows off its prototype for the MQ-25 unmanned carrier tanker offering in St. Louis, Miss. (Photo: Defense Daily)

MQ-25 Award Covers 72 Vehicles, Moves Up IOC

The Navy late Thursday said that the MQ-25A Stingray unmanned tanker program intends to eventually deliver 72 aircraft after the initial four test aircraft and the program is accelerating the Initial Operating Capability (IOC) by two years to 2024. On Thursday the Navy awarded Boeing [BA] an $805 million engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) contract […]

A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 461 participates in a live fire range flight during Raven 18-06 at the Combat Readiness Training Center, Gulfport, Miss., August 9, 2018. Raven is a realistic military training exercise, in which HMH-461 provides air support to Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command. This exercise allows the squadron to conduct core and mission skill training to improve the squadron’s combat readiness within the Marine Air-Ground Task Force. The CH-53E Super Stallions and crew are assigned to HMH-461, Marine Aircraft Group 29, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Cody J. Ohira)

Raytheon Awarded $60 Million For CH-53, V-22 FLIR Systems

Raytheon [RTN] took home a five-year $59.7 million contract by the U.S. Navy for support of its forward looking infrared (FLIR) system aboard the CH-53 and V-22 Osprey aircraft, the Department of Defense said on Wednesday. A $16 million initial delivery order for the contract’s first year was issued “concurrently with the award,” the DoD […]

Boeing Wins Navy MQ-25 Unmanned Tanker Competition

The Navy on Thursday selected Boeing [BA] over teams led by General Atomics and Lockheed Martin [LMT] to develop and build the MQ-25 Stingray unmanned aerial tanker in a contract worth $805 million. The Stingray program will primarily be used for Navy aerial refueling, based off aircraft carriers. It may potentially extend a carrier’s air […]

An F-35C assigned to the Rough Raiders of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125 moves across the landing platform on flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) while the carrier is conducting carrier qualifications on Aug. 25. (Photo: U.S. Navy by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Maxwell Anderson/Released)

F-35C Conducts First Integrated Air Wing Ops On CVN-72

The Navy’s F-35C aircraft joined a carrier air wing for the first cyclic operations aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) in Operational Test-1 (OT-1) during August, the Navy said Tuesday. The F-35Cs are operating alongside Carrier Air Wing 7 and Carrier Strike Group 17. OT-1 aims to evaluate the full spectrum of […]

Aquabotix Gets Aboard Navy Info Warfare Consortium

The underwater robotics company UUV Aquabotix Ltd. was accepted as a member of the Navy’s new Information Warfare Research Project (IWRP) consortium, the company said on Monday. The IWRP, falling within the Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), aims to give participants a forum to pitch new information warfare (IW) capabilities to SPAWAR […]

AH-1Z Viper Attack Helicopter. 
Photo: Bell Helicopter Textron.

Bell Takes Home Half-Billion Dollars in AH-1Z Work for US Marine Corps

Bell [TXT] recently was awarded a contract worth more than half a billion dollars to build new attack helicopters for the U.S. Marine Corps. The $509 million deal covers the manufacture and delivery of 29 Lot 15 production AH-1Z new-build aircraft in support of the Marine Corps H-1 upgrade program. In addition, the contract provides […]

Vice Adm. Andrew "Woody" Lewis (right) salutes Adm. Chris Grady, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, as he assumes command of U.S. 2nd Fleet aboard the nuclear aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Navy Reestablishes 2nd Fleet, CNO Says Will Extend To Edge Of Russia

The U.S. Navy officially reestablished the U.S. 2nd Fleet on Friday in a ceremony in Norfolk, Va., where the Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson said its area will extend from the U.S. East Coast to the Northwest edge of Russia In the ceremony Vice Adm. Andrew “Woody” Lewis officially became its commander during […]

A Miniature Air-Launched Decoy (MALD) in flight. (Photo: Raytheon)

MALD-X Expendable Decoy Finishes Free Flight Demos

The Department of Defense (DoD) successfully conducted a series of free flight demonstrations of the Miniature Air Launched Decoy-X (MALD-X) this week, the Department said on Thursday. The MALD-X is based on the MALD expendable vehicle originally designed for the Air Force. It is meant to be launched from a fighter jet before a battle […]

The future USS Sioux City (LCS-11) finishing acceptance trials in Lake Michigan in May 2018. (Photo: Lockheed Martin)

Navy Takes Delivery Of LCS-11 and 13, LCS-13 Getting MCM Modules FY ‘19

The U.S. Navy took delivery of the latest Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ships the future USS Sioux City (LCS-11) and USS Wichita (LCS-13) during a ceremony on Wednesday at shipbuilder Fincantieri Marinette Marine’s shipyard in Wisconsin. The Sioux City and Wichita are, respectively, the sixth and seventh Freedom-variant ships and 14th and 15th LCSs to be […]