Archive: Navy/USMC

Hellfire II Missile Production Extended Under $357 Million Army Contract

By Ann Roosevelt Lockheed Martin [LMT], under HELLFIRE Services Limited Liability Company (HSLLC), will produce additional combat-proven Hellfirer II precision- strike, laser-guided air-to-ground missiles for U.S. and international armed forces under a $357 million Army contract. "Hellfire is a good precision fire weapon. We use it for many different applications because it’s very versatile," Col. […]

First UH-1Y Detachment Reports To Miramar For Training, AH-1Z Faces Two-Year Delay

By Geoff Fein Although the Navy’s efforts to develop the AH-1Z helicopter are now facing a two-year schedule slip, service officials point out that the UH-1Y just achieved its initial operational capability (IOC) and the first three aircraft are beginning special operations training all in preparation for their first deployment in January 2009. Yesterday, the […]

Reliability Issues Continue To Delay Navy’s AMCM OPEVAL For MH-60S

By Geoff Fein Issues with the Navy’s MH-60S Airborne Mine Countermeasures (AMCM) system has led to a two-year delay in the program and landed the effort on the Pentagon’s Selected Acquisition Reports (SAR) for this reporting period. But the Navy points out that the Sikorsky [UTX] MH-60S, or Sierra, is working just fine. Roughly 120 […]

Brogan: Competitive Prototyping For Large Acquisition Programs Will Pay Off

By Emelie Rutherford The Marine Corps’ top equipment buyer predicts a nascent Pentagon policy requiring multiple, competitive prototypes in the early stages of large weapon-system programs will yield more cost and technological stability in future years. Marine Corps Systems Command (MARCORSYSCOM) leader Brig. Gen. Michael Brogan acknowledged the "guys with the green eyeshades"–those trying to […]

NORAD, NORTHCOM Leader Cites Challenges With Maritime Warning Role

By Emelie Rutherford The North American Aerospace Defense Command’s (NORAD) burgeoning maritime-warning role "doesn’t come easy," said its leader, who talked yesterday about challenges with sharing situational-awareness data with partners and his desire for improved surveillance aircraft. Air Force Gen. Victor Renuart, commander of NORAD and U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM), in an address at the […]

Navy Developing Path Forward For Open Architecture Implementation

By Geoff Fein While the Navy continues its internal debate on which direction to pursue for surface ships, the service has begun to lay down the ground work, schedules and goals for implementing open systems architecture in order to reduce the cost and speed up the time cycle for delivering capabilities to warfighters. For several […]

Lockheed Martin To Supply Thermal Cameras For Mine-Protected Vehicles

Lockheed Martin [LMT] announced it received an $8.9 million production order from Gyrocam for thermal cameras for mine-protected vehicles. Lockheed Martin’s cameras are designed into Gyrocam systems. Lockheed Martin’s Santa Barbara Focalplane (SBF) production operations will produce the cameras. The order is for 150 Integrated Dewar Cooler Assembly thermal cameras and is the first of […]

DoD Preps For Last MRAP Order, Assesses Theater Request For Lighter Vehicles

By Emelie Rutherford As the Defense Department assesses an urgent request from theater for smaller mine-deflecting  vehicles, the Marine Corps is planning to place the final order next month for the current Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle effort, according to an official steering the high-profile program. Marine Corps Systems Command (MARCORSYSCOM) Commander Brig. Gen. […]

Navy Now Wants A Third DDG-1000 Next Year

By Emelie Rutherford The Navy has shifted course and now wants to buy a DDG-1000 in fiscal year 2009, though the service hopes to stop purchasing the destroyer after that third ship and continue with the controversial plan it unveiled last month to restart production of the older DDG-51s. Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England and […]

Wind And Waves Providing Power And Savings To Navy Facilities

By Geoff Fein While the nation looks for ways to cope with oil prices far above last year’s prices, the Navy has been quietly developing a number of alternative energy sources as the service deals with fuel costs of $170 a barrel. Among the projects underway at shore facilities are wind farms and efforts to […]