Archive: Navy/USMC

Stiletto Successfully Wraps Up OPEVAL, Upgrades Could Significantly Enhance Capabilities

By Geoff Fein Stiletto, a high-speed, composite ship, successfully met all the programmatic objectives of her operational evaluation (OPEVAL), demonstrating how an innovative effort can be achieved in a very short period of time. The OPEVAL established that Stiletto’s value could be significantly enhanced if it were deployed in a littoral environment and was equipped […]

LCS-1 Has 4 Percent Weight Gain, Changes Will Be Made To Keep Weight Off Future Ships

By Geoff Fein Lockheed Martin’s [LMT] Freedom (LCS-1), the first of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS)-class, has seen a 4 percent weight gain, but there has been no impact to the ship’s stability or responsiveness, the Navy said. Last week, it was first reported by Reuters that LCS-1 had seen a weight gain. Most of […]

Even With $212 Million Funding Cut, Navy Pushes On With VH-71 Increment II Effort

By Geoff Fein Although Congress cut $212 million from the Navy’s VH-71 presidential helicopter Increment II effort in the FY ’09 defense appropriations act, lawmakers still left $100 million to start up the second phase of the program, a Navy official said. "The good news is that most of the president’s budget request was approved […]

Navy Drops FY ’08 LCS, Adds Three Ships For FY ’10 Competition

By Geoff Fein The Navy is altering its acquisition plan for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), dropping the proposed FY ’08 ship and adding three more ships in FY ’10, according to the service. Additionally, the service will now push out plans to hold a fly-off between the two LCS designs that was planned for […]

Navy Reviewing All Options To Fix Tac Air Gap, Engine Mods Planned For V-22

By Geoff Fein The Navy is continuing to explore its options to remedy a strike fighter shortfall projected to occur in the next nine years, as well as examining upgrades to the V-22 engines to improve maintenance and durability, a Navy official said. Earlier this year, the Navy said the shortfall was due to the […]

Navy Teams With Army For $30 Million Lakota Helicopter Buy For Test Pilots

The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Patuxent River, Md., is working to join the Army’s contract with European Aeronautic Defense and Space Co. (EADS) North America, and spend about $30 million to buy five new H-72 Lakota helicopters for the Naval Test Pilot School. "The Army has a $3 billion contract with EADS North America […]

PEO LMW Reaching Out To Small Business, Wants To Rapidly Field Capabilities

By Geoff Fein The new program executive officer for littoral and mine warfare (PEO LMW) is looking to bring small businesses into the fold to take advantage of their product lines, in particular for unmanned systems. Ann Sandel, who formerly served as deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for Integrated Warfare systems (DASN IWS), is […]

Congress Ignores Navy’s Carrier-Reducing Request, Rep. Taylor Seeking More Data

By Emelie Rutherford The Navy’s request to dip its aircraft carrier fleet from 11 to 10 was not granted by Congress in the recently passed fiscal year 2009 defense authorization bill, though a key lawmaker said he remains open to the proposal. The Navy asked Congress in February for a waiver to dip below the […]

Reps. Taylor & Bartlett: LCS, CG(X), DDG-51, EFV Big Naval Issues Next Session

By Emelie Rutherford The heads of a naval panel in Congress said they expect to remain focused next session on ensuring more Navy ships are nuclear powered, hammering out the service’s destroyer-building plans, and examining the design of the Marine Corps’ developmental Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV). Also, trying to control costs with the Navy’s Littoral […]