Archive: Navy/USMC

Navy Likely To Terminate ERGM Program In Coming Days

By Geoff Fein Industry sources last week said it appears likely that in the coming days the Navy will terminate the Extended Range Munition (ERM) effort after Raytheon [RTN] has been unable to demonstrate reliability or consistency in its latest Extended Range Guided Munition (ERGM) tests. "At the present time, [the] Navy cannot confirm," a […]

Raytheon Seeks Navy JAGM Risk Reduction Contract

By Geoff Fein Raytheon [RTN] is hoping its experience in weapon systems and its partnership with Boeing [BA] will lead to a Navy contract to develop the Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) for use on Super Hornet aircraft. The program, which began almost a decade ago as an Army effort to replace both TOW and Hellfire, […]

GD Successfully Integrates LCS Mission Package Computing Environment

General Dynamics [GD] and the Navy have successfully integrated the Mission Package Computing Environment (MPCE) for USS Independence (LCS-2), the company said this week. The MPCE, which is located in the secondary integrated command and control room, provides the operator interface for the control and monitoring of mission package operations. GD started building LCS-2 in […]

SPAWAR Issues RFIs for Wireless Video Security, PIDS, ROWS

The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center’s (SPAWAR) Advanced Technology Branch has issued Requests for Information (RFI) for the following technologies: wireless video security; Perimeter Intrusion Detection Sensors (PIDS); and commercial off-the-shelf Remotely Operated Weapon Systems (ROWS). The target audience for the information is the DoD and the nuclear physical security community. The information will […]

CBO, Navy Differ On Cost of Shipbuilding Plan

By Jen DiMascio The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) places the Navy’s shipbuilding tab for the next five years about 30 percent higher than the Navy does, according to a report released yesterday. The biggest gaps are in estimates of two premier modernization programs–the DDG-1000 destroyer and the CG(X) cruiser. Between 2009 and 2013, the Navy […]

White House Wants VH-71 Increment 2, But Redesign Will Lead To Cost Increase

By Geoff Fein The White House has decided to move forward on Increment 2 of the next presidential helicopter, VH-71, citing that the Lockheed Martin [LMT] aircraft provides the capability requested by the government. Meanwhile, redesign work on Increment 2 will raise the program’s cost by $3 billion, and increase the total VH-71 program cost […]

Navy Will Benefit From Northrop Grumman Shipyard Consolidation, Official Says

By Geoff Fein The recent decision by Northrop Grumman [NOC] to consolidate its shipbuilding sector into one unit should, over time, provide benefits to the Navy, a service official said. In January, Northrop Grumman combined its two shipbuilding sectors, Newport News and Ship Systems, into a single operating sector. The move will enable Northrop Grumman […]

Murtha Points To Difficulties With Possibility of Skipping DDG-1000s

By Jen DiMascio The chairman of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee indicated yesterday there are problems with an effort to have the Navy "jump over" its next-generation destroyer in favor of building nuclear cruisers. The Navy wants $2.55 billion in fiscal year 2009 to fund the third DDG-1000 destroyer made by General Dynamics [GD] Bath […]

Navy Hoping For Spring Milestone Review For MPF(F) Ships

By Geoff Fein The Navy is hoping to head into a Milestone review this spring for additional T-AKE cargo ships and the Mobile Landing Platform (MLP), both important vessels in the service’s sea basing fleet. Currently, the Navy has been given permission from the Pentagon to obtain option prices on the current T-AKE contract, Allison […]

MRAP Orders Expected Soon

By Emelie Rutherford The Pentagon is expected to soon order potentially thousands of Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP ) vehicles from multiple truck builders, bringing it close to wrapping up orders for the fast-paced acquisition program that began in late 2006. Marine Corps Systems Command (MARCORSYSCOM), managing the multi-contractor effort for all the services, is […]