Archive: Navy/USMC

Guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG-63) steams in formation with Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy ships ROKS Munmu the Great (DDH-976), ROKS Kang Won (DD-922) and ROKS Yang Manchun (DDH-973) during Maritime Counter Special Operations Force Exercise (MCSOFEX) 2017 on Oct. 18. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

U.S., Japan, South Korean Navies Conduct Exercise, Three Carrier Groups In Seventh Fleet

The U.S., Japan, and South Korean navies conducted a trilateral link exercise (LINKEX) early this week to promote missile defense communications and operations, the Navy said Tuesday. The exercise employed tactical data link systems to exchange track data between the participating ships. This allows participants to “enhance tactical capabilities, increase self-defense, and strengthen partnerships and […]

The High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) is fired from the flight deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) during Dawn Blitz 2017. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Matthew Dickinson)

Marine Corps Adds HIMARS To Navy Sea-Based Strike Capabilities

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Marine Corps is finding ways it can contribute to a sea-based fight while aboard Navy ships instead of simply being ferried to a land-based fight by the sister sea service. Marine rockets and other long-range fire capabilities can be brought to bear on sea- and land-based targets from the deck of […]

P-3 Orion. Photo: Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin Picks Rockwell Collins For Greek P-3 Orion Avionics Upgrade

Lockheed Martin [LMT] has selected Rockwell Collins [COL] to upgrade Greece’s Hellenic Navy P-3B Orion aircraft  avionics systems. Rockwell Collins’ Flight2 integrated avionics system will be used to bring the P-3s into compliance with upcoming mandates for unrestricted global airspace operations, Rockwell Collins said Monday. The Flight2 upgrade is expected to convert the aircraft’s flight deck […]

A slide on modular Navy ship construction from Nilo Maniquis, Senior Ship Systems and Integration Engineer at program executive office (PEO) Integrated Warfare Systems (IWS) D1 presented at the 2017 Open Architecture Summit. Image: U.S Navy,

Official Explains Ship Modularity Benefits

A Navy official explained last Thursday how the service is trying to add modularity into ships to increase affordability and capability. Nilo Maniquis, senior Ship Systems and Integration Engineer at Program Executive Office (PEO) Integrated Warfare Systems (IWS) D1, said at Defense Daily’s 2017 Open Architecture Summit that moving ships into modular construction is moving […]

An Apache helicopter is armed with Hellfire missiles. (Army photo)

Army Might Boost Hellfire Production By Thousands Of Missiles

To meet warfighters’ growing demand for the AGM-114 Hellfire missile, the U.S. Army says it might increase production of the air-to-ground weapon by several thousand missiles a year. The Army asked prime contractor Lockheed Martin [LMT] “earlier this year” to submit a proposal to boost production to up to 11,000 missiles a year starting in […]

Jim Keffer, Director of Cyber at Lockheed Martin Government Affairs, introduces the  General Officers Panel at Defense Daily's 2017 Open Architecture Summit at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Told To Speed Acquisition, Military Officials Increasingly Turn To Open Architecture Systems

Senior military officials and lawmakers are sending a clear two-word message to the Defense Department acquisition community: Go faster. Increasingly the military services are interpreting that order, along with legislation loosening procurement restrictions, to mean adoption of a modular open systems approach to acquisition. “There’s not a day that goes by when our commandant doesn’t […]

William Bray, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E). (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Navy R&D Official Talks Importance Of Open Architecture, Faster Prototyping

A Navy official said the service’s changing missions are driving open architecture structures and that quickening prototype work is important for the service going forward. As the Navy returns to more sea patrols and recognizing single systems can no longer do a whole job by themselves, this means integration is more important, William Bray, deputy […]

The IRST21 sensor system is mounted on the nose of the F/A-18E/F’s centerline fuel tank. (Image: Lockheed Martin)

Boeing Awards Lockheed Martin $100 Million Contract To Upgrade F/A-18 IRST21 Sensors

Boeing [BA], prime contractor for U.S. Navy F/A-18E/F, awarded Lockheed Martin [LMT] two contracts worth up to $100 million to upgrade the aircraft’s IRST21 sensor system, Lockheed said Thursday. The IRST21 system is the next generation of Lockheed’s legacy Infrared Search and Track System (IRST). It is a passive, long-range sensor that searches for and […]

Coast Guard icebreaker Polar Star. The cutter was built by the former Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company and was commissioned in 1977. Photo: Coast Guard

Navy Issues Draft RFP For Heavy Polar Icebreaker; Award Planned In FY ’19

The Navy on Thursday issued a draft request for proposal (RFP) for the Coast Guard’s heavy polar icebreaker with plans still intact to release a final RFP in early 2018 with an award for detailed design and construction in FY ’19, subject to congressional appropriations. The draft solicitation covers the design and construction of the […]