Archive: Navy/USMC

Lockheed Martin Gets $35 Million Contract For Brazilian Submarine Mod Effort

Lockheed Martin [LMT] was awarded a foreign military sale contract for $35 million to deliver advanced, open-architecture combat systems to modernize four Tupi-class submarines, one Tikuna-class submarine and one shore-based trainer system for the Brazilian navy, the company reported yesterday. According to a source, the contract was competitively awarded. However, it is unknown what other […]

Navy Behind JSF, But Tac Air Decline Will Need To Be Addressed

By Geoff Fein The Navy will be facing a drop in its tactical air resources in the 2016 time frame, as the earlier model F-18 Hornets age and just as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) makes its entry into service, according to the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO). Around the time the services will […]

Admiral: Stealthy Ships, Subs, Planes Would Help Offset Chinese Missiles

By Dave Ahearn If the United States were to procure Littoral Combat Ships (LCS), the DDG-1000 destroyer, and other stealthy, radar-evading platforms, it would help U.S. forces to overcome the threat of Chinese missiles aimed at the Taiwan Strait, a top admiral said yesterday. Adm. Tim Keating, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, described conversations […]

Fewer Hulls, More Stability Will Help Navy Achieve Its 30-Year Ship Plan, CNO Says

By Geoff Fein Getting stability in the shipbuilding plan as well as minimizing the number of hulls the Navy has, will be key to the service reaching its goal of building at least 313 ships over the next 30 years, the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) said recently. Adm. Gary Roughead recently returned from touring […]

Admiral: Stealthy Ships, Subs, Planes Would Help Offset Chinese Missiles

If the United States were to procure Littoral Combat Ships, the DDG 1000 destroyer, and other stealthy, radar-evading platforms, it would help U.S. forces to overcome the threat of Chinese missiles aimed at the Taiwan Strait, Adm. Timothy J. Keating said today. Keating, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, described conversations he had with Chinese […]

Webb Calls For Growth In Maritime Forces

The United States needs to start a national debate about how the military should be shaped, especially as the nation begins to reduce its presence in Iraq, Sen. Jim Webb (D- Va.) said recently. Webb made those comments during a speech at the Surface Navy Association symposium, during which he called for a larger Navy–reiterating […]

U.S. Joint Forces Command Works Toward Capabilities For Preventing Destabilization

The U.S. Joint Forces Command (JFCOM) is moving toward solutions to prevent destabilization around the world by developing the desired capabilities to help the United States build partnership capacity, an official said. "The work we’re doing now–fleshing out, is transitioning from the big ideas to a set of capabilities created in the real world to […]

Raytheon Awarded $55 Million To Upgrade Navy Super Hornets With AESA Radar

By Geoff Fein The Navy last month awarded Raytheon [RTN] a contract worth nearly $55 million to retrofit 135 Boeing [BA] F/A-18 Super Hornets with APG-79 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar. The first deliveries for 19 aircraft will begin in about 18 months, Dave Goold, director of business development F/A-18 programs, told Defense Daily […]

BAE Awarded $31 Million For USS

The Navy earlier this month awarded BAE Systems a $31 million contract for the maintenance, repair and modernization of the guided missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG-52), the first to undergo the service’s cruiser modification effort, the company said. "This award complements the important cruiser modernization work we continue to accomplish for the Atlantic Fleet […]

ATK’s BTERM Test A Story of Success And Engine Failure

By Geoff Fein ATK [ATK] this week successfully tested two unguided Ballistic Trajectory Extended Range Munition (BTERM) rounds, but a rocket motor’s inability to fire on the first of two guided BTERM shots delayed further tests. The company was set to test two guided BTERM rounds at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., Jan. 22, after […]