Archive: Navy/USMC

New Raytheon Effort Enables Legacy Aircraft To Get Fifth Generation AESA Radar

By Geoff Fein Raytheon [RTN] has developed a way to offer its active electronically scanned array (AESA) to legacy aircraft such as F-18 Hornets and F-16s with minimal intrusion into the aircraft, a company official said. The Raytheon Advanced Combat Radar (RACR) brings the company’s most advanced aviation radar system to older airplanes, thus enabling […]

Navy Secretary Winter Seeks To Grow Acquisition Workforce By At Least 1,000

By Geoff Fein Months after establishing an initiative that would apply to Major Defense Acquisition Program programs, Acquisition Category I programs, all pre-Major Automated Information System programs, and selected ACAT II programs, Navy Secretary Donald Winter is now looking to grow the Navy’s acquisition workforce by upward of 1,000. Growing the acquisition corps could be […]

Path Cleared For Senate Approval of DoD Nominees, Including Navy Acquisition Czar Pick Stackley

By Emelie Rutherford Congressional staffer Sean Stackley may be cleared to become the Navy acquisition chief in the near future, because Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) is expected to lift a hold he placed on the nominations of civilian Defense Department nominations. With the hold lifted, Stackley’s and the three other Pentagon nominations–already approved by the […]

Pentagon Orders 813 Mine-Resistant Vehicles From General Dynamics, BAE Systems

By Emelie Rutherford The Pentagon yesterday placed $612 million worth of orders with General Dynamics [DG] and BAE Systems for 813 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles (MRAPS), according to a contract announcement. Because the Pentagon recently shifted funds to arrange for buying 1,576 MRAPs, it appears more orders are on the way for the vehicles […]

Israel Looking To Spend $1.9 Billion For Four Littoral Combat Ships

Israel is seeking to buy four Lockheed Martin [LMT] or General Dynamics [GD] Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) for $1.9 billion, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said yesterday. Each ship will be equipped with two MK-41 Vertical Launch Systems, eight cells for each system; one Close-In-Weapon System CWIS), Block 1A, one Enhanced Harpoon Launching System […]

LCS Mission Package Effort Rolling Along, ASW Unit To Deliver In September

By Geoff Fein While the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) has garnered much of the attention of lawmakers and defense analysts since cost overruns have plagued the program, the chief component of the ship, the three different mission packages, remain on schedule, as Northrop Grumman [NOC] continues to roll out the first set of packages in […]

Lawmakers Weigh Workforce Implications of Changing Navy’s DDG-1000 Destroyer Plans

By Emelie Rutherford As questions swirl on Capitol Hill about whether the Navy will halt its nascent DDG-1000 destroyer program and build more of the older and cheaper DDG-51s, an outspoken DDG- 1000 backer in the Senate said she is concerned about jobs dipping at Bath Iron Works shipyard if the program is terminated. Sen. […]

ONR Looking To Demo At-Sea Cargo Transfer Using T-Craft Scale Model

By Geoff Fein Later this summer, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) is planning on conducting a demonstration of a cargo transfer operation between multiple vessels, using a government designed scale model of the T-Craft (Transformable-Craft), a proposed sea base to shore connector. "We really need to characterize the relative motion and forces between multiple […]

Navy To Begin Competition For Mobile Landing Platform In Coming Weeks

By Geoff Fein Over the course of the next month, the Navy will issue an unrestricted competitive solicitation for Systems Design Part 1 (SD1), with an option for SD2, for the Mobile Landing Platform (MLP), a key component of the service’s sea basing concept. According to the pre solicitation notice, posted at http://www.fbo.gov (N0002408R2270), Naval […]