Archive: Navy/USMC

Navy Looking For Two CHAMP Hulls: People and Volume

The Navy is planning to design and field two hulls under the Common Hull Auxiliary Multi-Mission Platform (CHAMP) program to fulfill its five main missions. Last year, the Navy started looking for a common replacement to various auxiliary ships that are approaching the end of their service lives, in part to help keep costs low […]

Marine Corps To Keep LAVs In Service Through 2030s With New Hardware Upgrades

The Marine Corps is looking to extend the service life of its Light Armored Vehicles (LAV) through the 2030s with a new $37.2 million task order to General Dynamics [GD] Land Systems-Canada (GDLS-C) to provide upgraded hardware kits, officials said Tuesday evening. GDLS-C will deliver 60 kits to improve LAVs maneuverability and power capabilities, with […]

Northrop Grumman Wins Contract To Make First Two SEWIP Block 3 Units

Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) recently awarded Northrop Grumman a $27.6 million modification for options to produce the first two low rate initial production (LRIP) AN/SLQ-32(V)Y Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 3 units. Brandon White, Northrop Grumman’s director of surface electronic warfare programs, told Defense Daily during an interview at the annual Surface […]

Likely HASC Seapower Chair Expresses Concern Over Future Frigate Program

The Navy’s long-awaited future frigate program will be carefully scrutinized in the new House Armed Services Committee (HASC) seapower subcommittee, the likely new subcommittee chair said Jan. 16. Speaking at the annual Surface Navy Association conference in Arlington, Virginia, Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.), the former seapower ranking member, said the FFG(X) program’s numerous decision delays […]

Bell Sees Potential For V-22 Production Beyond 2025

Foreseeing the possibility that the service will find use for the tiltrotor aircraft outside of carrier onboard delivery (COD) missions, Bell [TXT] hopes to extend production of the V-22 Osprey beyond its current multi-year contract with the U.S. Navy. The Bell-Boeing [BA] team that builds the V-22 is slated to produce at least 58 Ospreys […]

NAVSEA: LCS Modules Move From Chalkboard To Testing

A Navy official on Tuesday proclaimed the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Mission Modules (MM) have transitioned from “chalkboard into test” mode. Mission Modules program manager Capt. Ted Zobel said the LCS mission modules development is in a good place during the annual Surface Navy Association symposium in Arlington, Va. The Navy is developing three kinds of […]

Harris Receives $75 Million To Upgrade Marines’ Radios With MUOS SATCOM Capability

Harris [HRS] has received a $75 million order from the Marine Corps to upgrade the force’s Falcon III manpack radios with the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite communication capability, the company said Monday. With the task order, the Marines will become the first service to widely deploy MUOS, the next-generation narrowband SATCOM capability, across […]

CNO and Chinese Counterpart Discuss Behavior At Sea

The U.S. and Chinese Navy chiefs met in Beijing on Monday to discuss professional interactions at sea. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson and his counterpart commander of the People’s Liberation Army (Navy) (PLA(N)) Vice Adm. Shen Jinlong talked about professional maritime interactions, specifically risk reduction and adhering to professional norms. This is Richardson’s […]

Marines’ LAV Anti-Tank Weapon System To Reach Full-Operational Capability By End Of 2019

The Marine Corps’ Anti-Tank Weapon System (ATWS) for its light armored vehicles is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2019, officials announced last Thursday, two years after reaching initial operating capability. Officials have scheduled two final training events for the weapon system, which is intended to provide an upgraded turret system for […]