Archive: Navy/USMC


Navy Osprey Variant to Begin Production in $4 Billion Contract

Bell [TXT] Boeing [BA] will begin V-22 work for the U.S. Navy in a contract awarded last week worth $4.2 billion. The new CMV-22B variant will serve as the Navy’s future carrier onboard delivery aircraft. The contract is a modification to a prior acquisition contract and provides for the manufacture and delivery of 39 CMV-22B aircraft for […]

Ground communications specialist Marines use the Networking On-the-Move-Airborne Increment II System on an MV-22 Osprey during a flight at Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina. This month, Marine Corps Systems Command fielded the first NOTM-A Inc. II System to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit to enhance their ability to communicate in the air. (U.S. Marine Corps photo courtesy of Chris Wagner)

Marine Corps Expanding Network Access In The Air With New System On Osprey

The Marine Corps is beginning to field its Networking on the Move (NOTM) communication system on its MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft as it looks to expand access to its tactical network in the air, officials said on Thursday. The NOTM-Airborne Increment II, which gives up to five users full access to the tactical communication applications, […]

Rendering of the huture Hunter-class frigate, based on BAE's Type 26 Global Combat Ship. (Image: Australian Ministry of Defence)

Australia Picks BAE For New $26 Billion Frigate Program

Australia said on Friday it selected Britain’s BAE Systems to build its nine next-generation anti-submarine frigates in its SEA 5000 program, a program worth up to $26 billion to design, build, and support the ships. BAE offered a variant of the Type 26 Global Combat Ship, the Global Combat Ship-Australia, to be the new frigates and Australia […]

U.S. Navy Virginia-class Submarine. Photo: HII

House Torpedoes Extra Subs In Defense Appropriations Bill

The House’s FY ’19 defense appropriations bill passed Thursday sunk an attempt by House Armed Sevices Seapower subcommittee leaders to start funding additional submarines. Reps. Rob Wittman (R-Va.) and Joe Courtney (D-Conn.), chairman and ranking member of the seapower subcommittee, pushed an amendment that would have trimmed other Navy accounts to add $1 billion for […]

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C)

Senate Panel, House Advance FY 2019 Defense Appropriations Bill

The Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC) and the full House passed their respective versions of the fiscal year 2019 defense appropriations bill June 28. The Senate panel approved its version by a 30-1 vote, while the House cleared its legislation by a 359-49 vote. Both bills would provide about $675 billion for defense (Defense Daily, June […]

Bell 407GXi over Ft. Worth, texas. (Photo by Dan Parsons)

Bell Pitches 407GXi as Evolutionary Upgrade to Navy TH-57 Trainer

With its 407GXi, Bell [TXT] is offering the Navy an evolutionary upgrade to its TH-57 fleet, and the company is banking on the service seeing value in a modern version of the single-engine training helicopter it has now. Based on a request for proposals published in October, the Navy is in the market for a […]


SPAWAR Awards ATI $100 Million To Manage New Information Warfare Consortium

The Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) has awarded Advanced Technology International (ATI) a three-year, $100 million contract to manage its new consortium to rapidly procure information warfare tools, officials said Wednesday . ATI is tasked with managing the industry partners taking part in SPAWAR’s Information Warfare Research Project (IWRP), which is set to open […]

The first two delivered MQ-4C Triton aircraft at their new hangar at Naval Base Ventura Couny, Point Mugu, Calif. (Photo: Northrop Grumman)

Australia Orders Six MQ-4C UAVs For $1 Billion

Australia’s government announced on Tuesday it is ordering an initial six Northrop Grumman [NOC] MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for $1 billion in a cooperative program with the U.S. Navy. The Australian government said the new aircraft will complement its new P-8A Poseidon aircraft by helping undertake intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions; aiding […]

MQ-8C Fire Scout demonstrates a long range, long endurance flight part of a capability-based test at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu. (Photo by Northrop Grumman)

Coronado Starts New Fire Scout Tests

The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) USS Coronado (LCS-4) started a new round of operational testing with the Northrop Grumman [NOC] MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter on June 15, the Navy said on Thursday. This new round of trials, off the coast of San Diego, is focused on testing the Fire Scout’s ability to operate with […]