Archive: Navy/USMC

Navy’s $41 Billion Procurement Request Includes Fewer VH-71s, LCS

By Geoff Fein The Navy’s $149.3 billion FY ’09 budget request includes $41.1 billion for ships, aircraft and weapons procurement in FY ’09, but removes four VH-71 presidential helicopters and four Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) from the plan projected at the release of last year’s budget. The new budget, released yesterday, includes seven new construction […]

Coast Guard Delivers $9 Billion Budget, $1.2 Billion For Recapitalization Efforts

By Geoff Fein The Coast Guard has requested more than $9 billion dollars for its FY ’09 budget that includes $1.2 billion for recapitalizing the service’s fleet of vessels as well as improving command and control and intelligence gathering. Additionally, the Coast Guard will publish its first-ever posture statement along with the budget, a Coast […]

Navy Awards Austal, Bath Iron Works And Bollinger Shipyards JHSV Design Contracts

By Geoff Fein The Navy last night awarded three, $3 million, phase one firm fixed price contracts to develop a preliminary design for the Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV). The winning bids were Mobile, Ala.-based Austal USA, General Dynamics’ [GD] Bath Iron Works, Brunswick, Maine; and Bollinger Shipyards, Lockport, La. NAVSEA received multiple bids for […]

Navy, Northrop Grumman Continue Investigation Into Submarine, Ship Weld Issue

By Geoff Fein Following the discovery last fall of welding issues on the pre-commissioned unit (PCU) USS New Hampshire (SSN-778), the Navy and Northrop Grumman [NOC] Newport News (NGNN) continue to work closely on the long-term investigation of Virginia-class submarines, Los Angeles-class submarines, aircraft carriers and in service ships maintained at the company’s Virginia shipyard, […]

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

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 earlier this week. […]

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 […]

General Dynamics Moves LCS-2 Launch To April To Complete Work On Ship

By Geoff Fein General Dynamics [GD] has notified the Navy it will be delaying the launch of the USS Independence (LCS-2) until April to complete work before the ship goes into the water, the service said. Independence was originally to be launched from Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala., next month. "General Dynamics has informed […]

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 […]

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 […]