Archive: Navy/USMC

LCS May Need To Take On Feel of Aircraft Acquisition Effort, SECNAV Says

By Geoff Fein While the Navy reworks the acquisition plan for its Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), moving the first buy of six to FY ’13, the real question is how fast can the service get up to speed on production, the Navy’s top civilian said. LCS is a critical part of the Navy’s future, Navy […]

Inspection Finds Signs of Bowing In Traverse Beams On LCS-2

By Geoff Fein During a recent inspection of General Dynamics’ [GD] Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), bowing was discovered in the transverse beams that support the ship’s flight deck, according to the Navy. The Navy late yesterday released the following statement: "Recently, Navy Supervisor of Shipbuilding (SUPSHIP) personnel observed various degrees of bowing in the transverse […]

Navy Selects Three Teams To Develop Concepts For Follow-On To EP-3

By Geoff Fein The Navy earlier this week awarded Boeing [BA]-Argon ST; Lockheed Martin [LMT]; and Northrop Grumman [NOC]-L3 Communications [LLL] teams each $1.25 million contracts to develop the program requirements and potential system concepts for the service’s replacement for the EP-3 aircraft. "The contracts will allow industry to work with the Navy to analyze […]

Army, Navy Fire Scouts: Similar Look, But Treading Different Paths

By Geoff Fein Looking across the production line at Northrop Grumman’s [NOC] Mississippi facility, it’s hard for anyone to tell the difference between the Army and Navy variants of the MQ-8B Fire Scout. But the differences are there and they extend beyond payloads and capabilities. The official Army program is the Future Combat System (FCS) […]

Boeing Gets $73 Million Navy Contract For Harpoon Block III

The Navy recently awarded Boeing [BA] a $73.7 million contract to design and develop the Harpoon Block III missile, a next-generation weapon system that will enhance naval surface warfare capabilities, the company said. The system design and development (SDD) contract will result in a kit upgrade program for existing Navy weapons that will return 800 […]

Navy Drops Two Fire Scouts In FY ’09, But Program Continues Forward

By Geoff Fein In its FY ’09 budget, the Navy reduced its quantity buy of Northrop Grumman’s [NOC] Fire Scout vertical takeoff unmanned aerial vehicle (VTUAV) due to competing requirements, according to a Navy official. Last year’s Navy budget showed the service buying five Fire Scouts in FY ’09. However, the Navy official said earlier […]

DoD Preparing For FYDP Strategic Investment Guidance

By Ann Roosevelt The Defense Department will soon receive strategic guidance for the future years defense budget, fiscal years 2010-2015, according to a top Pentagon official. "We’re just finishing the guidance for the development of the force, which provides strategic guidance for our investment for the period FY’10-’15," Michael Vickers, assistant secretary of defense for […]

Boeing Awaits Decision On AMF JTRS

By Ann Roosevelt This week, Boeing [BA] officials expect to receive the request for the final proposal revision in its competition with Lockheed Martin [LMT] for the military’s next generation Airborne Maritime and Fixed Station Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS AMF). The Defense Department FY ’09 budget requests $834.6 million in research, development, test and […]

Navy Issues Notice For LCS Buy For FY ’08, ’09 Ships

By Geoff Fein The Navy Friday issued a presolicitation notice for FY ’08 and FY ’09 procurement of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). These are the first procurement announcements for LCS since both General Dynamics [GD] and Lockheed Martin [LMT] saw contracts for their second ships terminated, after the Navy and the companies were unable […]

Navy Raises Shipbuilding Funding Requirement To Meet Challenge of Building 313-Ship Fleet

By Geoff Fein The next four years will be a challenging time for the Navy as the service looks to buy another aircraft carrier, five surface combatants, 18 littoral combat ships (LCS) and eight Virginia-class submarines, according to the Navy’s 30-year shipbuilding plan. Additionally, the Navy has revised its average steady-state annual shipbuilding funding requirement […]