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Defense Watch

The Latest Word On Trends And Developments In Aerospace And Defense D-Day. Mark the calendar. Put the Air Force acquisition shop on speed-dial. The Defense Acquisition Board meets today to decide the fate of the KC-X aerial refueling tanker replacement program. A decision whether the initial contract worth up to $40 billion goes to Boeing […]

EMALS Will Bring Changes To Carrier Flight Ops

By Geoff Fein The Navy is confident the Electro Magnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) being designed for CVN-21 will help reduce manning on carriers, increase aircraft sortie rates, and provide a system that will be capable of launching the variety of aircraft planned for the future. Topside, not much will change with the addition of […]

Navy Uses Aegis/SM-3 To Take Down Dead Intel Satellite; Fuel Tank Likely Destroyed

By Dave Ahearn The Navy Wednesday night obliterated a nonfunctional intelligence satellite using the Lockheed Martin [LMT] Aegis weapon control system and a Raytheon [RTN] Standard Missile-3 fired from a Navy ballistic missile defense (BMD) cruiser, the USS Lake Erie (CG-70). That SM-3 interceptor scored a direct hit on the satellite, and more importantly it […]

Navy To Begin Fire Scout OPEVAL On Ship Other Than LCS

By Geoff Fein The Navy will restructure Northrop Grumman’s [NOC] MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Takeoff and Landing Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (VTUAV) program to allow the drone to conduct shipboard tests on a vessel other than the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), the company said. Due to changes in the LCS development schedule, the Navy intends […]

General Dynamics Protests Lockheed Martin CAMC2 Win

By Ann Roosevelt General Dynamics [GD] C4 Systems Feb. 8 protested to the Government Accountability Office the Army’s award to Lockheed Martin [LMT] of production and support for the Common Army/Marine Command and Control (CAMC2). "It would be inappropriate to comment because the matter is in litigation," a General Dynamics spokeswoman said. The contract was […]


By Geoff Fein The crew of the USS Lake Erie (CG-70) will have the responsibility of firing the missile the Pentagon hopes will demolish a wayward spy satellite and its fuel tank of hydrazine, a Navy official said yesterday. The real-life attempt to knock out the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) satellite will likely occur this […]

Navy Comfortable With Pace of DDG-1000 Design

By Geoff Fein DDG-1000 is further along in design than any previous surface combatant at the time of contract award, easing fears that with slightly more than half of the design complete, construction costs could increase, Navy officials said. Detail design for the Navy’s next generation surface combatant is 55 percent complete, and according to […]

Army, Navy Fire Scouts: Similar Look, But Treading Different Paths

Looking across the production line at Northrop Grumman’s [NOC] Mississippi facility, it’s hard for anyone to tell the difference between the Army and Navy variants of the MQ-8B Fire Scout. But the differences are there and they extend beyond payloads and capabilities. The official Army program is the Future Combat System (FCS) Class 4 Unmanned […]

Navy Drops Two Fire Scouts In FY ’09, But Program Continues Forward

In its FY ’09 budget, the Navy reduced its quantity buy of Northrop Grumman’s [NOC] Fire Scout vertical takeoff unmanned aerial vehicle (VTUAV) due to competing requirements, according to a Navy official. Last year’s Navy budget showed the service buying five Fire Scouts in FY ’09. However, the Navy official said earlier this week the […]

First Coast Guard Security Cutter Completes Builders Trials

The first National Security Cutter being developed by Northrop Grumman [NOC] for the Coast Guard has successfully completed Builder’s Trials, a four- day round of sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico that tested the ship’s propulsion, electrical, C4ISR, damage control and combat systems, the company said last week. Construction on the Bertholf (WMSL 750) […]