Archive: Navy/USMC

Navy Buys 90 Honeywell Micro Air Vehicles For EOD Teams

By Geoff Fein The Navy this week signed a $65 million production contract with Honeywell [HON] for 90 of its T-Hawk micro air vehicle systems that will be used by explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) teams in theater, according to Navy officials. What T-Hawk brings for EOD is the ability to get a view of an […]

Navy, Raytheon Effort Deploys Sub Launched UAV Out With The Trash

By Geoff Fein The Navy and Raytheon [RTN] last month simulated a submarine launch of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), not from a torpedo or vertical launch tube, but from the boat’s trash disposal system, a company official said. The program, Submarine Over the Horizon Organic Capabilities (SOTHOC), is a method of taking an unmanned […]

Marine Corps’ G/ATOR To Begin Critical Design Review Next Year

By Geoff Fein Northrop Grumman’s [NOC] Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) is expected to begin critical design review (CDR) early next year, a company official said. The company has been conducting an internal CDR in advanced of the Marine Corps’ effort in the first quarter of 2009, Mark Smith, business development director for tactical radars, […]

Army, USSOCOM, USJFCOM, Build Toward Capstone Unified Quest 2009

By Ann Roosevelt This week a Unity of Effort Seminar–Interagency and Military Planning–is under way in McLean, Va., part of a year long series of events in the Army’s Title 10 Future Study Program Unified Quest 2009 (UQ09), co-sponsored by the Army, Training and Doctrine Command, U.S. Special Operations Command, and U.S. Joint Forces Command. […]

Navy Issues Amended LCS Request For Proposal, Award Expected In January

By Geoff Fein The Navy on Monday issued its long awaited revised request for proposal (RFP) for two Flight 0+ Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) to be procured in FY ’09. The RFPs, sent to both Lockheed Martin [LMT] and General Dynamics [GD], were not available to the public. "Release of the amended RFP to the […]

Navy Says It Had No Option On Aegis Sole Source Contract To Lockheed Martin

By Geoff Fein Lockheed Martin [LMT] Maritime Systems and Sensors (MS2) was the only company capable of performing the requirement of three Navy solicitations for Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense work and awarding the contracts to another company would result in "unacceptable delay and a substantial duplication of cost," according to the service. The Navy submitted […]

Loss of Stevens From SAC-D Seen Impacting Missile Defense, F-22 Debates

By Emelie Rutherford Sen. Ted Stevens’ departure from the post as Senate Appropriations Defense subcommittee (SAC-D) ranking member has generated uncertainly about the fate of initiatives including national missile defense and the Lockheed Martin [LMT]-built F-22 jet fighter, observers said. Even if the Alaska Republican and convicted felon overcomes hurdles to remain in the Senate–including […]

Raytheon Says It Can Convert Zumwalt Into A Missile Cruiser By 2016

By Geoff Fein In the ongoing debate over whether to keep DDG-1000 alive beyond the first two ships or to build more of the venerable Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, Raytheon [RTN] says it has demonstrated to the Navy a case for turning future Zumwalt ships into light cruisers. Earlier this year, the Navy tasked Raytheon with […]

More Analysis Needs To Be Done Before Deciding On Path Ahead For DDG-1000, Young Says

By Geoff Fein Additional analysis needs to be done before the Navy makes a decision on whether to move away from DDG-1000 and restart the DDG-51 production line, according to a top Pentagon official. "I think there’s [a] substantial amount of additional analytical work to be done," John Young, the Pentagon’s acquisition chief, told reporters […]

Kennedy Seeks Cost Comparison Data Between DDG-51 And 1000

By Geoff Fein Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) has asked the Navy to provide him data comparing costs between the DDG-51 and DDG-1000 as well as documentation supporting the Navy’s assertion that the plan to restart the Arleigh Burke class of destroyers would be budget neutral. Because of the questions surrounding the Navy’s decision to go […]