The Navy has posted a request for information reaching out to industry for help in identifying an operationally ready, helmet-mounted display system to be used on UH-1Y and AH-1Z helicopters. The move could indicate that program officials are looking for a less-expensive alternative to the system now used on the aircraft, according to a source familiar with the program.
QUANTICO, VA -- The Marine Corps Warfighting Lab is developing a four-legged, unmanned ground system that could carry Marine equipment while navigating treacherous terrain, and the service hopes to demonstrate the system in an experiment in fiscal year 2014, according to an official.
The configuration of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter the Marine Corps plans to fly into combat will not be ready until the 2015 to 2016 time frame, according to the JSF program office.
The Navy is purchasing 10 semi-autonomous SeaFox mine identification and neutralization systems as part of an urgent operational need from 5th Fleet, aiming to put the systems on small boats used by explosive ordnance disposal technicians by next year, the service said last week.
government late last week completed the details of its agreement to allow the
deployment of four U.S. Navy Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense ships to the Rota
Naval Base in Spain. The agreement "establishes the terms and limits under
which Spain authorizes the deployment of said U.S. Navy Aegis destroyers to
Rota Naval Base," according to an Oct. 5 Spanish Foreign Ministry statement.67 words
With the last low-rate initial production contract in place for the P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft, Boeing is gearing up for full-rate production in about a year and could produce up to 24 aircraft annually, according to a company official.
Military Sealift Command officially disestablished Maritime Prepositioning Ship Squadron-1 on Sept. 28, placing three of the squadron's four ships in reduced operating status and cutting the number of MPSRONs in the Navy fleet to two.
The Navy issued its request for proposals for detailed design, construction and delivery of the next aircraft carrier, John F. Kennedy (CVN-79), on Oct. 2 and is looking to award a contract in the summer of 2013, according to Navy spokesman Mike McEleney.
The Marine Corps will continue to hold Experimental Forward
Operating Base events after the drawdown in Afghanistan and as the service
focuses on the Asia-Pacific region, according to a Marine Corps official.697 words
The six-month continuing resolution that went into effect Oct. 1 won't cause major problems for the Air and Missile Defense Radar slated for fleet introduction with the Flight III Arleigh Burke-class DDG-51 guided missile destroyers because of flexibility built into the program, according to a Northrop Grumman official.
The Navy has issued a request for information to industry to determine what the service's options are for increasing its Mk 48 torpedo inventory by restarting the program, according to a Sept. 26 request for information.
A Marine Corps pilot flew a short-takeoff, vertical-landing
variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Oct. 2 in an aerial refueling
Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has issued guidance
significantly narrowing the number of potential changes the department will
consider in its review of fiscal year 2014 military investment plans, according
to Pentagon and service sources.837 words
The Senate's new bipartisan caucus for unmanned aerial
systems would examine issues related to importing and exporting drones and
could expand its purview to include land- and sea-based systems.1067 words
The V-22 Osprey program is moving ahead with plans to
contract with Bell Helicopter Textron and Boeing for non-recurring engineering
work needed to install long-overdue cockpit voice recorders on the Defense
Department's fleet of tiltrotor aircraft.415 words
Citing concerns about the adequacy of proposed government
plans to test and evaluate Joint Strike Fighter aircraft, the Pentagon's top
weapon tester last month advised Defense Department leaders he would not
approve the statutorily required JSF test and evaluation master plan without
key revisions, such as plans to subject the F-35 to "operationally realistic"
electronic warfare threats.477 words
The Pentagon next month will begin publicly exploring ways to
open up select portions of the Joint Strike Fighter program to competition,
which could create opportunities for other defense contractors to grab a small
slice of the estimated $1.1 trillion cost to sustain the new fighter fleet.609 words
Defense Department acquisition chief Frank Kendall will
support defense components' proposals to reduce acquisition workforce levels if
officials present proper justification in advance, he writes in a recent memo.887 words