Archive: Navy/USMC

Navy Seeks New Uses For Tomahawks

By Geoff Fein The Navy’s Tomahawk cruise missile program has been working on a new effort to enable forward -deployed special operations forces to provide coordinates for the missiles for use against time-sensitive and critical targets, a Navy official said. Additionally, PMA-280, the Tomahawk Weapons System Program, is pursuing a joint capabilities technology demonstration (JCTD) […]

ITT Gets Navy Contract For Radar Obsolescence Effort

Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) has signed a $14.2 million contract extension with ITT Corp. [ITT] for the company’s AN/SPS-48 Radar Obsolescence, Availability Recovery (ROAR) program, the company reported yesterday. The contract option ensures continued modernization of 3-D long-range air surveillance systems for both fixed/ground-based and shipboard applications, according to ITT. Prompted by a successful […]

CNO: Navy Needs To Suppress Its Appetite For Ship Requirements

By Geoff Fein The Navy will have to learn to curb its appetite and not pile everything it wants onto new ships if the service hopes to keep the costs of platforms such as DDG-1000 and CG(X) affordable, according to the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO). "I believe we can be more effective in the […]

ACR Conducts UAV Command And Control Tests From Unique Navy Ship

Advanced Ceramics Research (ACR) has been testing two of its unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) from the Navy’s experimental test bed ship Stiletto to determine command and control capabilities and the ability to locate submerged mines. The two UAVs, Silver Fox, a rail-launched, 25-pound UAV that carries an Electro Optical/Infrared (EO/IR) camera, and Manta, a dual […]

Interoperability And Humanitarian Relief Pushing Foreign Interest In U.S. Ships

Foreign countries are showing increasing interest in buying from the U.S. Navy smaller boats as well as amphibious ships that could be used for humanitarian relief efforts, according to the director of the Navy’s International Programs Office (NIPO). Additionally, foreign navies are asking about the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), as they look to become more […]

Navy’s MDA Effort To Provide Greater ID of Ocean-Going Threats

Later next year, the Navy will launch the first spiral of its planned maritime domain awareness (MDA) effort that will initially link together the service, federal agencies and allies to provide a more robust picture of the maritime domain. The first spiral is dedicated to wiring together a variety of nodes, Deputy Under Secretary of […]

Advances In Radar Providing Navy With ‘Game Changing’ Capabilities

By Geoff Fein The Navy is developing a number of new radar and sensor systems that will expand the capabilities of future surface combatants such as DDG-1000, as well as studying ways to leverage aviation sensor technology for shipboard use, a Navy official said. The Navy has been developing S- and X-band radar for Raytheon’s […]

Navy’s MDA Effort To Provide Greater ID of Ocean-Going Threats

By Geoff Fein Later next year, the Navy will launch the first spiral of its planned maritime domain awareness (MDA) effort that will initially link together the service, federal agencies and allies to provide a more robust picture of the maritime domain. The first spiral is dedicated to wiring together a variety of nodes, Deputy […]

GAO Questions Path Ahead For Navy’s LCS Mine Countermeasure Effort

By Geoff Fein The Navy’s efforts to field mine countermeasure (MCM) systems developed for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) are facing challenges, including whether testing the MCM systems on other platforms will provide enough information for successful operations from LCS, according to a government study. The Government Accountability Office report (GAO-08-13) raised questions about the […]

Navy Issues RFI for IED Detection Technologies

The Naval Surface Weapons Center in Dahlgren, Va., has issued a Request for Information for technologies and systems that can detect improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The desirable characteristics of the detection technologies and systems include a detection range of at least 100 meters, carried or installed on a vehicle, capable of being used in harsh […]