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Medium Tactical Vehicles (MTVs)

UPDATED: Army Orders $467 Million Worth Of Medium Trucks From Oshkosh

Oshkosh Defense [OSK] has won a nearly half-billion-dollar contract to continue making medium tactical trucks for the Army, an extension of ongoing work that an ongoing recompete threatens to take from the company. The Army Tank Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) on Sept. 21 awarded Oshkosh a $467 million modification to the contract it holds to […]

Bell Helicopter V-280 Valor prototype readying for first ground run in Amarillo, Texas. (Photo by Bell Helicopter)

Rotor Air Producers Seek Faster Acquisition Cycle, See Increasing Automation

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Officials from three top rotary aircraft producers said that the acquisition cycle can and should be made shorter to keep up with technological needs, adding that they see increased automation augmenting capabilities in the future. Steve Mathias, vice president of global military business development at Bell Helicopter Textron [TXT] said at […]

Launch of PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement interceptor. Photo: Lockheed Martin

Army Demonstrates Remote Launch Capability In PAC-3 MSE Test

The Army last weekend successfully tested its latest Patriot missile interceptor in a remote launch configuration, a first for the PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE), Lockheed Martin [LMT] reported on Thursday. The Lockheed Martin-built PAC-3 MSE hit-to-kill interceptor was launched Sept. 17 from the Reagan Test Site in the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean, […]

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A ‘Disturbance In The Force’: Army G-8 Braces For Day When Modernization Is Unavoidable

The Army’s uniformed acquisition chief senses a “disturbance in the Force,” regarding Army modernization that involves identifying an inflection point where the service can no longer effectively upgrade legacy combat systems and must transition to next-generation technologies. “New this year we will put together an ends, ways and means strategy for certain critical … combat […]

Gen. Joseph Lengyel, chief of the National Guard Bureau. Photo: Air Force

Readiness Of National Guard On Point, Chief Says

Amid overseas deployments and responding to natural disasters in the U.S. and its territories, the readiness of the National Guard is where it needs to be, Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel said on Tuesday. “We are right where we are supposed to be in terms of what we’re built to go do,” Lengyel, who is […]

Aerial drone image of an M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank crew, from the 1st Armor Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, conducting Table VI Gunnery at Fort Stewart, Ga. December 8, 2016.

Army Delays Tank Shield Effort After Finding Turret Imbalance

The Army has pumped the breaks on the previously ambitious effort to outfit the M1 Abrams with active protection systems, deciding more time is needed to properly integrate APS components onto the tank’s turret. On Aug. 25, the Army Requirements Oversight Council (AROC) met to consider whether to buy a brigade’s worth of Trophy APS […]

First UH-60V Black Hawk helicopter test flight in Huntsville, Ala. Photo: Northrop Grumman.

L3 Unseated From Huge Army Aviation Support Contract

L3 Technologies [LLL] was beaten out of renewing its largest Army contract last week, deposed by newcomer M1 Support Services for $387 million worth of training support at Fort Rucker, Ala. The privately held M1, a Denton, Texas-based aviation training and support provider, won the contract on Sept. 15. The deal is a “hybrid contract” […]

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Army Envisions Multiple Future Vertical Lift Aircraft; Not Treating Industry Offerings As Prototypes

As industry readies its experimental vertical-lift aircraft for Army evaluation, aviation officials have made clear they do not consider the two Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrators (JMR-TD) to be prototypes of future helicopters. Maj. Gen. William Gayler, chief of the Army Aviation Center of Excellence (AACE) said Bell Helicopter’s V-280 Valor next-generation tiltrotor and the SB-1 […]

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Army Enlists IBM’s Watson To Streamline Logistics, Vehicle Maintenance

In renewing its deal with IBM [IBM] for could computing services, the Army plans to enlist the company’s Watson artificial intelligence to gather and analyze data directly from combat vehicles and use the information to streamline maintenance schedules. A continuation of the Army’s Logistics Support Activity (LOGSA), the $135 million contract represents a 33-month extension […]

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Lack Of Common Architecture Lengthens Ground Time For Army Choppers Getting Upgrades

When the Army buys new gear for its helicopters, the acquisition community and industry view it as adding capability to an existing platform, but actually integrating new sensors and weapons often grounds fleets that are in high operational demand. Without government-defined standard architectures, emerging technologies often require extensive rewiring to mount on legacy aircraft, said […]