Archive: Navy/USMC

Members of the RQ-21A Blackjack test team transport the RQ-21A Blackjack across the flight deck of the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) after its first flight at sea Feb. 10, 2013. (U.S. Navy photo)

Insitu Wins $54 Million Contract For Four New Blackjack UAS

The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) awarded Boeing’s [BA] Insitu Inc. a $54 million contract on Tuesday to produce four full-rate production Lot II RQ-21A Blackjack unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) vehicles. The contract also directs the production of eight additional Blackjacks to substitute attrition aircraft, seven for the Marine Corps and one for Poland. The […]

Mary Miller,  Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering

Official: Meeting Early 2020s Goal For Hypersonics, Directed Energy Will Require Unified Service Effort

The Pentagon’s plan to deploy the first hypersonics and directed energy (DE) weapons capabilities by the early 2020s and match increasing investments from China and Russia will require the services to unify their technological modernization efforts, a top DoD official said Wednesday. Mary Miller, assistant secretary of defense for research and engineering, told attendees at […]

The guided missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG-64) (left) and the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) (right) alongside the fleet combat support ship USS Detroit (AOE 4) (center), preparing for a replenishment at sea 
in the Persian Gulf in 2003. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

BAE Awarded $146 Million CG-64 Modernization Contract

The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) awarded BAE Systems a $146 million contract to conduct fiscal year (FY) 2018 modernization and maintenance on the Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG-64). The work is being done during a long-term modernization period availability that combines modernization, maintenance and repair for the ship. A BAE spokesperson told Defense Daily this […]

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

Boeing Nabs $152.5 Million IRST Contract

The Navy on Friday awarded Boeing [BA] a $152.5 million contract to design, develop, integrate, and test the Infrared Search and Track System (IRST) Block II. IRST Block II is a Phase II engineering change as a replacement for the IRST Block I to support F/A-18 E/F aircraft. The IRST system is a passive infrared […]

The HMS Queen Elizabeth. (Photo: UK Ministry of Defence)

New U.K. Carrier Heads To U.S. For F-35B Trials

The United Kingdom’s newest aircraft carrier, the HMS Queen Elizabeth, started traveling to the U.S. on Friday to test F-35B landings on its deck for the first time. These tests will be the first time a fast jet, or short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL), fly off a British carrier at all in eight years. […]

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GAO: Military Services Do Not Track All Aviation Mishap Data, Do So Differently

A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) audit of the information the military collects about aviation mishaps found the services do not track all relevant data and each have different standards, making it hard for the Department of Defense to analyze trends. The report said each service’s safety center does not collect standardized aviation mishap data. […]

AH-1Z Viper Attack Helicopter. 
Photo: Bell Helicopter Textron.

Marine Corps Lays Out Requirements For Next-Generation H-1 Rotorcraft Replacement

NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md.–The U.S. Marine Corps is beginning to develop its own requirements for a next-generation rotorcraft and hopes to find common ground with the Army as it leads the Future Vertical Lift program. “The requirements for the Marine Corps for an attack/utility replacement are structured around our operations, our … philosophy […]

CACI President and CEO Ken Asbury

CACI Acquires Business Unit From GD That Provides Engineering Services To The Navy

CACI International [CACI] on Thursday said it has acquired a professional services unit from General Dynamics [GD] that bolsters CACI’s work with the Navy and provides it with the opportunity to offer its existing capabilities to new customers. CACI paid $84 million for the Systems Engineering and Acquisition (SE&A) Support Services Business Unit, which GD […]

Bell UH-1Y Huey. Photo: Bell

Marine Corps Readies H-1 Fleet For Operations Into 2040s

NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md.–Nearing the end of production for the most-advanced H-1 utility and attack helicopters, the U.S. Marine Corps is planning for how it will efficiently maintain and effectively upgrade the aircraft for the next 30 years of service. Now the service is focused on improving readiness of the fielded fleet while […]

The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG-63) operating in the South China Sea in  2013.
(Photo: U.S. Navy)

GD NASSCO Nabs $148 Million Contract For USS Cowpens Modernization

The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) awarded General Dynamics’ [GD] National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. (NASSCO) a $148 million contract for the FY ’18 modernization of the USS Cowpens (CG-62). The firm-fixed price contract covers a “long-term” modernization period availability for the Ticonderoga-class cruiser that includes modernization, maintenance, and repairs. The contract includes options that, […]