Archive: Army

Boeing MH-47G. (Boeing Photo)

Boeing Doing Brisk Business With Half-Billion Dollars In Chinook Contracts

With an Army contract for 150 CH-47 helicopters July 19, Boeing [BA] in one week has sold more than half a billion dollars worth of Chinooks and support services for the heavylift helicopters.  On the heels of a $140 million contract to build four MH-47G Block II aircraft, Boeing [BA] has sealed a quarter-billion-dollar deal […]

Apache Attack Helicopter. Photo: Boeing

Lockheed, Northrop Partnership Brings In $170 Million For Apache Radar Upgrades

The Longbow, LLC joint venture between Lockheed Martin [LMT] and Northrop Grumman [NOC] has sealed a $170.5 million deal to provide the U.S. Army and three other nations with AH-64E Apache gunship radar upgrades. Announced July 18, the contract is for Longbow fire-control radar (FCR) mast-mounted assemblies, radar electronics units (REU) and spares under lots seven […]

Lt. Gen. Paul Ostrowski, director of Army Acquisition Corps

Official: Army Using Investments Boost To Drive New Requirements Approach, Fix Lagging Modernization

The Army plans to use its growing investment budget over the next two years to drive a new technology-informed approach to requirements and address modernization that’s left the service lagging behind near-peer competitors’ in future capabilities, a senior acquisition official said Wednesday. Lt. Gen. Paul Ostrowski, director of the Army Acquisition Corps, said the Army […]

Lt. Gen. John Murray nominated to lead Army Futures Command

Lt. Gen. John Murray Nominated To Lead Army Futures Command

Lt. Gen. John Murray has been nominated to receive a fourth star and lead the Army’s modernization efforts as commander of the new Futures Command. Murray, who currently serves as deputy chief of staff G-8, would oversee the Army’s entire modernization command and an operation of around 500 personnel. The nomination arrives after senior Army […]

Raytheon's Coyote small unmanned aerial system (UAS). Photo: Defense Daily.

Army Taps Raytheon Drone-Radar Combo For Urgent Counter-UAS Capability

The U.S. Army will use Raytheon’s [RTN] Coyote unmanned aircraft system and the KRFS radar, as a near-term counter-unmanned aircraft system (UAS) capability to protect deployed units from enemy drones. Raytheon has delivered 40 KRFS, or Ku band radio frequency system, units to date, with as many as 32 deployed with Army units overseas. The company is finalizing development […]

The Texas State Capitol in Austin. (Photo by Dan Parsons)

Army Futures Command To Call Texas Capital Home, Becomes Operational

A team of six Army personnel landed in Austin, Texas, on July 13 to establish a beachhead for the new Futures Command, which will bring the service’s entire modernization apparatus under a single commander. Austin won out because it boasts “talent, the entrepreneurial spirit and access to key partners” as well as “the quality of […]

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Army Announces Latest Opportunity To Pitch Capabilities For New Cyber Training Environment

The Army has started accepting white papers for its latest round to find technical management and assessment capabilities for the Persistent Cyber Training Environment (PCTE)  program, officials announced July 9. The third Cyber Innovation Challenge (CIC) is intended for industry partners who can deliver capabilities needed to develop PCTE’s cyber simulation exercise which will be […]

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UH-60V Enters User Test With Northrop Avionics Software Delivery

Northrop Grumman [NOC] has delivered software to the U.S. Army for the UH-60V Black Hawk helicopter to enter limited user testing (LUT) ― a critical milestone leading into production. Under a contract awarded in 2014, Northrop Grumman is partnered with the Army Prototype Integration Facility and prime contractor Redstone Defense Systems to modernize the Army’s […]

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Boeing Nets $140M Deal For US Special Operations Chinooks

Boeing [BA] has received a $139.8 million contract to build four MH-47G Block II Chinook helicopters for U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command. The heavy-lift helicopters mark the start of Block II production for SOCOM that is expected to run into the late 2020s. The Army has 69 MH-47G Chinooks in operation and eventually will […]

Army's M249 Squad Automatic Weapon light machine gun

Textron To Develop Prototype For Potential Army M249 Weapon Replacement

Textron [TXT] has received a prototype development contract from the Army to develop a new weapon system for its Next Generation Squad Automatic Rifle (NGSAR) program, which is intended to replace the over 80,000 M249 Squad Automatic Weapons (SAW), the company said on Wednesday. Under the deal, officially awarded June 25, Textron is tasked with […]