Archive: Navy/USMC

Builder’s Trials Show Freedom Is A Capable Warship, SECNAV Says

By Geoff Fein After several years of cost increases, delays, efforts to renegotiate contracts, and cancellation of two ships, the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program appears to be heading in the right direction as the first ship of the new class demonstrated her capabilities in the just completed builder’s trials. Lockheed Martin’s [LMT] Freedom […]

PANAMAX ’08 Focuses On Multinational Defense of The Panama Canal

Exercise Fuerzas Aliades PANAMAX 2008 involves military and civilian forces from 20 nations to increase multinational interoperability and support training requirements to ensure rapid crisis response and provide threat protection to the strategically vital and economically critical Panama Canal. The exercise building partnerships to promote regional and global stability, while testing processes and procedures, SOUTHCOM […]

New Marine Warfighting Capabilities Head Wants Lighter Trucks, More Technology

By Emelie Rutherford The new head of the command that develops Marine Corps warfighting capabilities ticked off a technology wish-list yesterday, calling for everything from lighter armored vehicles and more-advanced drone aircraft to improved methods of transporting fuel and conducting amphibious training. Lt. Gen. George Flynn, commanding general of Marine Corps Combat Development Command (MCCDC), […]

ONR Wants Help In Shaping Plans For Newly Funded Research Projects

By Emelie Rutherford Navy researchers want industry to help them refine solicitations for 14 forthcoming enabling-capability projects (ECs) with more than $380 million in recently secured funding. Joseph Lawrence, the Office of Naval Research’s (ONR) director of transition, said yesterday that solicitations for the 14 late-stage-research efforts will be released to industry–in the form of […]

GAO Denies Lockheed Martin Protest of BAMS Award To Northrop Grumman

By Geoff Fein The Government Accountability Office (GAO) Friday denied Lockheed Martin’s [LMT] protest of a $1.6 billion Navy contract award to Northrop Grumman [NOC] for the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) unmanned aerial system (UAS). The GAO ruling will enable the Navy to resume execution of the BAMS program. "The BAMS UAS team is […]

EMALS Catapult For CVN-78 Proceeding Through Testing, Appears Back On Track

By Geoff Fein Testing on the giant motor generator that will be used to power the electromagnetic aircraft launch system (EMALS) on the Navy’s next-generation carrier, the Gerald R. Ford, should wrap-up next month at General Atomics’ Tupelo, Miss., facility, a Navy official said. The 90,000-pound motor that is placed deep inside the aircraft carrier […]

AARGM Scores Successful Test, Readies For Milestone C

Alliant Techsystems [ATK], the U.S. Navy, and the Italian Air Force this month successfully completed another missile firing of the AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) at the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, the company said yesterday. The missile test firing was the first of two "Operational Assessment" firings supporting Milestone C Low Rate […]

ATK Opens FY ’09 With Strong Results Despite Space Glitch

By Calvin Biesecker Alliant Techsystems [ATK] yesterday posted strong earnings and sales to open its new fiscal year, powered by record results in its ammunition business that more than offset poor earnings in its space business, which suffered a $15 million charge related to performance fixes on spacecraft structures. Net income increased 10 percent to […]

Newport News Making Investments For Block III Virginia-Class, Exploring SSBN(X)

By Geoff Fein NEWPORT NEWS, Va.–Although contract award for construction of Block III of the Virginia class submarines is not expected until the end of the year, both General Dynamics [GD] Electric Boat and Northrop Grumman [NOC] Newport News (NGNN) have already begun building prototypes of systems planned for the next series of eight submarines. […]