Archive: Navy/USMC

AMPV.
Photo: BAE Systems.

BAE Readying For Imminent Army AMPV Order, Final Marine Corps ACV Decision

PARIS–BAE SYSTEMS officials are looking to move past testing phases for two design vehicles in anticipation of two imminent award announcements for an expected Army contract for Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicles to Europe and a final decision on the Marines’ Amphibious Combat Vehicles (ACV) program, officials told Defense Daily Monday. The Army’s order for up to […]

A Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet.  Photo: Boeing.

Boeing Awarded Super Hornet Contract

The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) awarded Boeing [BA] a $862 million contract modification to procure 15 F/A-18E single-seat and three F/A-18F dual-seat Lot 42 full rate production Super Hornets for the Navy. Work will mostly occur in El Segundo, Calif., (41 percent), and St. Louis (22 percent) and is expected to be finished by […]

Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System (AACUS) provides a material resupply
for Marines assigned to Combat Logistics Battalion 8, based at Marine Corps
Base Camp Lejeune, NC during the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab Expeditionary
Hybrid Logistics experiment conducted in conjunction with Integrated
Training Exercise 3-18 at Marine Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms,
CA, May 14, 2018.

Robotic Rotorcraft Brain Resupplies US Marines During Live Exercise

During a recent exercise in California, Marines at a simulated combat outpost were resupplied by a robotic rotorcraft that could locate, fly to and land at their position without human input. Although a human pilot was in the cockpit of the Bell [TXT] UH-1 Huey, that Marine was not in control of the aircraft as it […]

The Littoral Combat Ship USS Freedom (LCS-1). Photo: U.S. Navy

House Appropriators Match Authorizers To Fund Three LCS

The House Appropriations Committee’s draft FY 2019 Defense Appropriations bill funds 12 Navy ships at $22.7 billion, including three Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs). This is nearly a billion dollars more than the Navy’s FY ’19 shipbuilding budget request of $21.9 billion (Defense Daily, Feb. 12). The appropriations panel released the subcommittee draft on Wednesday before […]

Artist's rendering of a Navy Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite.
Photo: Lockheed Martin

Marine Corps To Field Improved Mobile SATCOM Capability Across Radios By Fall

The Marine Corps is set to become the first service to widely deploy the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite communication capability for the battlefield as it looks to install the system across its radios by this fall, officials said on Wednesday. MUOS capabilities will be fielded to the Marines’ AN/PRC-117G radios through the fourth […]

Artist's rendering of Bell Helicopter's V-247 Group 5 UAV. Photo: Bell Helicopter.

Marines Want Shipboard VTOL Drone For $20 Million A Copy

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — Currently the only U.S. military service without a high-end unmanned aircraft, the U.S. Marine Corps is in the market for a high-altitude long-endurance drone that can launch from a ship, perform reconnaissance and relay communication to deployed ground forces for about $20 million per copy. Other missions for what the Marine Corps […]

USS Washington (SSN 787), a Virginia-class submarine, completing initial sea trials. Photo: Ashley Major/Huntington Ingalls Industries.

BAE Wins GD Contract For Two More Virginia Payload Module Tubes

BAE Systems won a General Dynamics [GD] contract for an undisclosed amount to produce payload tubes for two new U.S. Navy Block V Virginia-class attack submarines, BAE said Tuesday. For this contract, BAE will deliver two sets of payload tubes, each consisting of four tubes, for the Virginia Payload Modules (VPM) on future unnamed submarines […]

Lt Gen Robert Walsh Chief of Marine Corps Combat Development Command and Deputy Commandant, Combat Development and Integration. (Photo: U.S. Marine Corps)

Marine Corps: Capabilities Needed For New ‘Operational Unpredictability’ Deployment Strategy

The Marine Corps is looking for new long-range precision fire and information warfare capabilities needed for its move to a new force deployment approach focused on fostering “operational unpredictability.” Officials at a Monday event described acquisition priorities for the Marine Corps’ “Dynamic Force Employment” strategy to move away from being as forward-deployed and preserve capabilities […]

Ingalls Shipbuilding president Brian Cuccias speaks to reporters in front of the future USS Tripoli (LHA-7). (Photo: Defense Daily)

Marine Corps Considers Offensive Amphib Sea Capability, Using Auxiliaries More, And Extra Marine Capabilities On Surface Ships

The Marine Corps is thinking about how to best use its amphibious and auxiliary support ships as the Navy fleet grows, including by adding offensive weapons, leaders said at an event on Monday. Lt. Gen. Robert Walsh, head of the Marine Corps Combat Development Command, echoing the the Navy’s 30-year shipbuilding plan, said there is […]

The Navy's test of the NSM on a Littoral Combat Ship last year. Photo: US Navy

First Over-The-Horizon Missiles Going On Independence LCS In 2020

The first installation of the Raytheon [RTN] – Kongsberg Naval Strike Missile (NSM) as the Over-the-Horizon (OTH) missile will be on an Independence-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) starting in fiscal year 2020, a Navy spokesperson told Defense Daily. Following installation, initial operating capability (IOC) for the OTH is planned for FY ’21. The spokesperson said […]