Archive: Navy/USMC

Marine Corps Proceeds With Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle, Congressional Concerns Remain

By Emelie Rutherford The Marine Corps is moving forward with the once-troubled Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV) development program, with a key Pentagon meeting planned for next month followed by possible orders for revised prototypes. "It’s a significant time in the program," said Donald Kotchman, deputy, General Dynamics [GD] Amphibious Systems. The General Dynamics-developed EFV is […]

JSF Officials Optimistic On Foreign Partners, Welcome Report On Cost Stability

Officials steering the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program said signs are good for Japan joining the aircraft effort, and predicted partner nations Norway and Denmark will not drop their plans. Japan has eyed the JSF program that is developing strike fighter variants for the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marines. A group of approximately […]

Early Efforts Should Help DDG-1000 Production Avoid Other Programs’ Pitfalls

By Geoff Fein As construction on DDG-1000 gets underway in the coming year, the Navy and the two shipyards heading up the effort will have a design that is significantly further along than any previous surface combatant has ever been, according to a Navy official. When the Navy awarded the construction contracts last month to […]

New LCS RFP Extends Build Time To 32 Months

By Geoff Fein The Navy last month issued its request for proposals (RFP) to teams led by General Dynamics [GD] and Lockheed Martin [LMT] for one Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) in FY ’08 and two in FY ’09, with the only significant change being a longer build cycle. While the RFP was not publicly available, […]

Navy Lifts Stop Work Order On GD’s CEDS Effort

By Geoff Fein The Navy has lifted a stop work order on a General Dynamics’ [GD] effort to develop a common display system for ships, submarines and aircraft, following a reevaluation of a protest that showed the company’s proposal provided advantages in both non-cost factors and the evaluated price. DRS [DRS] filed the protest with […]

Ability To Collaborate On Intel Data Is Vital In GWOT, Official Says

By Geoff Fein Being able to bring in intelligence data and manipulate it and do it in an interconnected globally collaborative environment without having to hand type information in is vital to the war on terrorism, according to a Navy official. Industry is helping to develop some of these tools, but even with the best […]

JSF Officials Optimistic On Foreign Partners, Welcome Report On Cost Stability

By Emelie Rutherford Officials steering the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program said signs are good for Japan joining the aircraft effort, and predicted partner nations Norway and Denmark will not drop their plans. Japan has eyed the JSF program that is developing strike fighter variants for the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marines. A […]

Joint Strike Fighter Not Facing Cost Breach For Late 2007 Period

By Emelie Rutherford The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program’s cost decreased slightly over the final months of 2007, and the effort did not experience a significant cost breach during that time requiring congressional involvement, according to a Selected Acquisition Report (SAR) on the delayed and over-budget effort. The JSF program’s SAR, released by the […]

DDG-1000: Bigger Ship, Smaller Crew

By Geoff Fein While DDG-1000, with its advanced technologies, low radar cross section and modern weapons will provide a new direction for the Navy’s surface combatant fleet, the ability to operate all of that with crew of no more than 148 could be the greatest benefit to the Navy. The Navy has been looking at […]

Boeing Starts Final Assembly of First P-8A Poseidon Test Aircraft

By Geoff Fein Boeing [BA] last week began final assembly of the first P-8A Poseidon to provide increased capability in long-range anti-submarine warfare, anti- surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance for the Navy, the company reported. The start of final assembly follows closely on the heels of Spirit AeroSystems’ delivery of the first P-8A fuselage […]