Archive: Navy/USMC

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Fincantieri To Acquire U.S. Shipbuilder Manitowac Marine

By Calvin Biesecker Italian shipbuilding company Fincantieri said on Monday that it has agreed to acquire United States shipbuilder Manitowac Marine Group (MMG) for $120 million, expanding the company’s naval business overseas. Lockheed Martin [LMT], which is teamed with MMG’s Marinette Marine Corp. shipyard on the U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship program, has agreed to […]

Northrop Grumman, Navy Working Out Best Path Forward Following Report On Sub Welds

By Geoff Fein NEWPORT NEWS, Va.–The Navy and Northrop Grumman [NOC] Newport News (NGNN) are still working out how the service and the company will proceed forward following a report on interior welding issues first discovered last year on the USS New Hampshire (SSN-778), a company official said. NGNN sent the first of its three-volume […]

Improving Processes Helping Northrop Grumman Cut Costs, Schedule For Sub Construction

By Geoff Fein As the Navy and its industry partners prepare to begin building two Virginia-class submarines a year, Northrop Grumman‘s [NOC] Newport News (NGNN) facility is instituting a number of efforts to lower the cost and trim the schedule in how it builds subs. NGNN and General Dynamics‘ [GD] Electric Boat are building the […]

CVN-77 Delivery Moved To December, Newport News On Track For January Commissioning

By Geoff Fein NEWPORT NEWS, Va.–Delivery of CVN-77, the George H.W. Bush, will be approximately one month late, but Northrop Grumman [NOC] will have the ship ready for the January commissioning, according to a company official. The last of the Nimitz-class carriers is in the final throws of construction at Northrop Grumman’s Newport News (NGNN) […]

Navy Tells Congress It Wants A DDG-51 In FY ’09, Though No Formal Request Made

By Emelie Rutherford While the Navy’s new destroyer-building proposal to the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) calls for building eight more DDG-51s starting in fiscal year 2010, service officials told lawmakers last week they also would like funding for an addition DDG-51 in FY ’09. The chances of lawmakers authorizing and appropriating those […]