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photo Marine Nationale

photo Marine Nationale

 

16 octobre 2015. Portail des Sous-Marins

 

Pendant des millénaires, les navigateurs ont utilisé les étoiles pour se repérer en mer, une technique remplacée au cours des dernières décennies par la technologie spatiale.

 

Pourtant, l’US Navy vient de réinstaurer l’apprentissage de la navigation astronomique pour toutes les recrues, leur apprenant l’utilisation du sextant. La décision a été prise en raison de la crainte grandissante que les ordinateurs utilisés pour la navigation puissent être hackés.

 

« Nous avions abandonné la navigation astronomique parce que les ordinateurs sont plus faciles à utiliser, » explique le Lt. Cmdr. Ryan Rogers, vice-président du département de navigation à l’Académie Navale. « Le problème est qu’il n’y a pas de secours en cas de panne. »

 

L’époque de la navigation astronomique s’est terminé dans les années 90, avec le début de l’utilisation massive du GPS (Global Positioning System). Alors que, avec les étoiles, la précision était d’environ 1,5 nautique, en 1995, le GPS atteignait déjà une précision de quelques mètres.

 

Les ventes de sextants ont plongé après la démocratisation du GPS. On n’en vent plus que quelques milliers par an aux Etats-Unis.

 

« Le GPS est beaucoup plus précis, » explique le Lt. Cmdr. Ryan Rogers. Mais ajoute-t-il, « nous savons qu’il existe des cyber-menaces. »

 

C’est pourquoi, pour la première fois depuis 2006, les nouvelles recrues entrées cet automne à l’Académie Navale étudieront à nouveau la navigation astronomique et les étoiles. Cet apprentissage avait été rétabli pour les navigateurs en 2011, mais pas pour les autres formations.

 

« La connaissance de la navigation astronomique à l’époque du GPS fournit une forme de navigation de secours dans l’hypothèse où le GPS ne serait plus fiable, peu importe la raison, » explique le Captain Timothy Tisch, de l’Académie de la marine marchande, qui n’a jamais abandonné la navigation astronomique.

 

« C’est aussi une bonne pratique professionnelle d’utiliser un système de navigation pour contrôler l’exactitude de l’autre. »

 

Référence : Daily Telegraph (Grande-Bretagne)

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3-D model of NASSCO's Expeditionary Base Mobile ship. Image courtesy of NASSCO

3-D model of NASSCO's Expeditionary Base Mobile ship. Image courtesy of NASSCO

 

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 15 By Ryan Maass (UPI)

 

General Dynamics NASSCO has begun construction of the second Expeditionary Base Mobile ship for the U.S. Navy. When completed, the ship will be 784 feet long, with a 52,000 square-foot flight deck. The ship will be equipped with fuel and equipment storage, repair spaces, mission planning spaces, and magazines. It will be able to accommodate up to 250 personnel, and support MH-60 and MH-53 helicopters, with an upgrade to support MV-22 tilt rotor aircraft.

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A U.S. Air Force transport fires counter-measures to infrared missiles. Photo: U.S. Air Force/Senior Master Sgt. Ray Lloyd.

A U.S. Air Force transport fires counter-measures to infrared missiles. Photo: U.S. Air Force/Senior Master Sgt. Ray Lloyd.

 

DULLES, Va., Oct. 14 By Richard Tomkins (UPI)

 

A new pyrotechnic system to help protect aircraft from infrared missiles has been ordered by the U.S. Air Force.

 

A low-rate initial production contract has been issued to Orbital ATK by the U.S. Air Force for a pyrotechnic missile counter-measure system for aircraft. The new spectrally matched aircraft counter-measure, MJU-73/B, imitates the heat signature of an aircraft to lure infrared missiles away from the aircraft. The Air Force will use the system as part of a suite of protective measures on its special operations aircraft. Orbital ATK, which developed the system using its own funds, will use it as the technology baseline for several other counter-measure development efforts.

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Boeing’s MOP bomb approaching second phase of redesign

MOP enhancements are tested against specially created underground test bunkers at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. This image is of a test conducted in 2009. - Defense Threat Reduction Agency

 

15 October, 2015 by James Drew – FG

 

Washington DC  - Boeing can expect a sole-source contract for redesign, qualification and testing of the US Air Force’s largest non-nuclear penetrating bomb, the 13.6t GBU-57 Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP).

 

A redacted notice published by the air force this week says Boeing is being put on contract for the second phase of a classified MOP modification programme, called Enhanced Threat Reduction IV. The specialised weapon began development in 2004 and was never intended for serial production. Instead, GBU-57 is built in small quantities by Boeing through the air force’s direct attack office at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. MOP is specifically designed to destroy deeply buried bunkers, and the components are continually modified as those targets, such as Iran’s underground nuclear sites, dig deeper or are reinforced against US weapons.

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MEADS Capability Nodes

 

15 oct. 2015 by Lockheed Martin

 

Mature, network-ready MEADS end items and technology can add 360-degree capabilities to networked air and missile defense architectures. This version is updated to include video from the newest flight test.

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A C-17 Globemaster III flies over Biggs Army Airfield, Texas, during Bold Quest 15-2 operations Oct. 2, 2015 - photo USAF

A C-17 Globemaster III flies over Biggs Army Airfield, Texas, during Bold Quest 15-2 operations Oct. 2, 2015 - photo USAF

 

October 15, 2015 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: US Department of Justice; issued October 14, 2015)

 

The Boeing Company has paid the United States $18 million to settle allegations that the company submitted false claims for labor charges on maintenance contracts with the U.S. Air Force for the C-17 Globemaster aircraft, the Justice Department announced today. Boeing, an aerospace and defense industry giant, is headquartered in Chicago.

“Defense contractors are required to obey the rules when billing for work performed on government contracts,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Benjamin C. Mizer, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Division. “Today’s settlement demonstrates that the Justice Department will ensure that government contractors meet their obligations and charge the government appropriately.”

The government alleged that Boeing improperly charged labor costs under contracts with the Air Force for the maintenance and repair of C-17 Globemaster aircraft at Boeing’s Long Beach Depot Center in Long Beach, California. The C-17 Globemaster aircraft, which is both manufactured and maintained by Boeing, is one of the military’s major systems for transporting troops and cargo throughout the world. The government alleged that the company knowingly charged the United States for time its mechanics spent on extended breaks and lunch hours, and not on maintenance and repair work properly chargeable to the contracts.

The allegations resolved by the settlement announced today were originally brought by former Boeing employee James Thomas Webb under the qui tam, or whistleblower, provisions of the False Claims Act. The act permits private individuals to sue on behalf of the government those who falsely claim federal funds, and to share in the recovery. Mr. Webb’s share of the settlement has not yet been determined.

The case was handled by the Civil Division’s Commercial Litigation Branch, the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, the Defense Contract Audit Agency and the Defense Contract Management Agency.

The False Claims Act lawsuit is captioned United States ex rel. Webb v. The Boeing Company, CV13-000694 (C.D. Cal.).

The claims resolved by today’s civil settlement are allegations only; there has been no determination of liability.

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Battelle announces drone disruption system

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 14 By Richard Tomkins (UPI)

 

A device that disrupts unmanned aerial vehicles in flight has been developed by Battelle.

 

A point-and-shoot device to disrupt drones in flight has been developed by Battelle. The DroneDefender has a range of about 1,000 yards and is based on radio control frequency disruption technologies. It disrupts the unmanned aerial vehicle so that no remote action -- including detonation -- can occur in sensitive areas. "This is just the kind of tool we need to safely counter a drone threat," said Dan Stamm, a Battelle senior researcher who led the project. "The DroneDefender can help protect us from those who may wish to do us harm. It can help us in numerous settings, from the White House lawn to bases and embassies overseas; from prisons and schools to historic sites."

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A U.S. Army soldier launches a RQ-11B Raven. Photo: SPC. Joshua E. Powell, U.S. Army.

A U.S. Army soldier launches a RQ-11B Raven. Photo: SPC. Joshua E. Powell, U.S. Army.

 

WASHINGTON, Oct. 14 By Richard Tomkins (UPI)

 

AeroVironment is to supply RQ-11B Raven unmanned aerial vehicles to seven U.S. allies.

 

AeroVironment Inc., a manufacturer of unmanned aerial vehicles, is supplying its hand-launched RQ-11B Raven system to seven allied countries. The countries, which were not identified, are obtaining the Raven -- together with spare parts and contractor logistics services -- through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program.

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NAMMO Receives 1st Delivery Order for SMAW Ammunition Contract

 

Oct 14, 2015 ASDNews Source : Nammo AS

 

The US Army Single Manager for Conventional Ammunition (SMCA) based at Picatinny Arsenal New Jersey, announced the first award on the USMC Shoulder launched Multipurpose Assault Weapon (SMAW) Ammunition Contract worth over MUSD 42.7. Nammo was awarded Delivery Order 1 by the SMCA to provide SMAW Common Practice Rocket (CPR) ammunition to the US Marine Corps.  This is the first delivery order against the 5 year contract which has potential for deliveries of three types of 83mm SMAW Ammunition.

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KC-46 Demos its Aerial Refuelling Systems

 

Oct 14, 2015 ASDNews Source : Cobham

 

The KC-46A Pegasus notched another success this week when the systems at the heart of aerial refuelling were demonstrated on EMD-2 with the deployment of both drogue systems and the boom

 

On Thursday, EMD-2 successfully extended the drogue refuelling baskets from both the Centerline Drogue System, located on the belly of the fuselage, and from the Wing Aerial Refuelling Pods, located on the wing tips, for probe receiver aircraft.  On Friday, EMD-2 extended the boom, the telescoping tube which an operator on the tanker aircraft extends to receptacle-equipped receiver aircraft. "The core mission of Pegasus is to fuel the fight, so deploying the boom and drogues signals real progress toward demonstrating the ability to pass fuel in flight," said Brig. Gen. Duke Z. Richardson, Program Executive Officer for Tankers at the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center. "This sets the stage for the main act, which is hooking up to and refuelling an aircraft in flight." 

 

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photo General Atomics

photo General Atomics

 

15 October, 2015 by James Drew - FG

 

Washington DC - General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has confirmed the US Army’s purchase of 19 “Improved Gray Eagle” UAVs following the service’s disclosure this week that its MQ-1C procurement has been “amended” to the extended-range version.

 

The army announced a $121 million contract modification in June for 19 General Atomics MQ-1C aircraft and the same number of “satellite communications air data terminals” for delivery in September 2018, and it appears those units are being delivered in the Improved Gray Eagle (IGE) configuration. Speaking at an army conference in Washington this week, UAS project manager Col Courtney Cote says the programme adjustment was made in July and those extended-range MQ-1Cs will be delivered to the army’s intelligence and special forces groups initially.

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photo James Drew FG

photo James Drew FG

 

15 October, 2015 by James Drew – FG

 

Washington DC  - Lockheed Martin has displayed an evolved version of its ‘Terminator’ loitering unmanned air vehicle, which it is offering for the US Army's long-running terminator Lethal Miniature Aerial Munition System (LMAMS) programme.

 

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photo US Navy

photo US Navy

 

14 October, 2015 by Stephen Trimble -- FG

 

Washington DC - Logos Technologies will develop a highly advanced sensor suite for the Boeing Insitu RQ-21 Blackjack unmanned air system under an $18.2 million contract awarded by the US Office of Naval Research.

 

The Virginia-based contractor must develop and integrate four different sensors into a package that fits within the 17.8kg (39lb) maximum payload limit of the RQ-21, a small tactical unmanned air system operated by the US Navy and Marine Corps and foreign militaries. The sensor suite will include an electro-optical camera, wide area imager, short wave infrared hyperspectral imager and a high-resolution camera for use as an inspection sensor, according to the contract award

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Soldiers Can Set When Grenade Explodes With New Launcher

The XM-25 carries a magazine of five 25mm grenade rounds and a fire-control system that lets the soldier instantly program how far the grenade will travel before it explodes. (Photo: Heckler & Koch)

 

October 12, 2015 By Kyle Jahner – Defense News

 

The maker of a new grenade launcher that can fire rounds that explode when they pass walls or barriers is "finalizing development" of a weapon it believes will give soldiers a serious edge.

 

XM25 carries a magazine of five 25mm grenade rounds and a fire-control system that lets the soldier instantly program how far the grenade will travel before it explodes. That means a soldier can engage an enemy hiding behind a target — only he doesn't need to hit something to ruin the enemy's hiding place and his day.  According to XM25 maker Orbital ATK spokesman Jarrod Krull, in spring the Army will conduct qualification testing and contract validation. If the weapon fulfills the Army's requirements, the Army could see fielding in early 2017, Krull said — assuming budget decisions also line up in the weapon system's favor. "It provides combat overmatch; the ability to engage the target in defilade (shielded)," Krull said.

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Photo : Cplc Marc-Andre Gaudreault, Caméra de combat des Forces canadiennes (2012)- DND-MDN Canada

Photo : Cplc Marc-Andre Gaudreault, Caméra de combat des Forces canadiennes (2012)- DND-MDN Canada

 

October 11, 2015 by David Pugliese, Ottawa Citizen

 

Canada and the U.S. will hold Exercise FRONTIER SENTINEL on Oct. 15 and 16th off the coast of Nova Scotia.

 

The exercise, led by Joint Task Force Atlantic, will involve a ferry, Princess of Acadia, acting as “a vessel of interest.” The frigate, HMCS St. John’s, is scheduled to participate. The Frontier Sentinel Exercises series was initiated in 2006 and is a joint/combined interagency exercise involving Joint Task Force Atlantic, the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Navy Fleet Forces as well as numerous other government departments and agencies from both Canada. The primary focus of the exercise is to practice, evaluate, and make recommendations for enhancing capabilities in response to threats to North American maritime security, Canadian Forces spokesman Maj. Martell Thompson told Defence Watch.

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Oshkosh® MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) 6×6 Technology Demonstrator

Oshkosh® MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) 6×6 Technology Demonstrator


13.10.2015 by Sergyi Way - army-guide.com
 

OSHKOSH, Wis. -- Oshkosh Defense, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation company, is unveiling the Oshkosh® MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) 6×6 Technology Demonstrator, at AUSA in Washington, D.C. October 12-14, 2015. The M-ATV 6×6 Technology Demonstrator builds upon the protection and off-road mobility performance of the battle-proven M-ATVs, while providing more interior volume for up to 15 soldiers, as well as greater payload capacity and all-wheel steer for exceptional maneuverability.

“It’s never been more important for troops to have vehicles that effectively balance protection, payload, modularity and mobility to carry out missions in any environment or threat level,” said U.S. Army Major General (Retired) John M. Urias, executive vice president of Oshkosh Corporation and president of Oshkosh Defense. “The M-ATV 6×6 Technology Demonstrator was developed to transport a full squad with their required mission equipment and provide more power on the battlefield – all while maintaining MRAP level protection and off-road mobility.”

The Oshkosh M-ATV 6×6 Technology Demonstrator is multi-mission ready, allowing crews – whose roles may rapidly change – to have the right vehicle to perform that mission. The combined benefits from the TAK-4® independent suspension and the M-ATV 6×6’s all wheel steer enables maneuverability across any type of terrain on the modern battlefield.

 
Oshkosh Introduces New Advanced Driver Assist Systems

At AUSA, Oshkosh is also introducing the Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) kits for any vehicle platform to help troops operate their vehicles safely in harsh conditions and difficult terrain. The Oshkosh ADAS kits use intelligent technologies to help increase driver control and response – during both peacetime and combat operations. The Oshkosh ADAS has three levels of performance:

  • ADAS Tier 1: A camera-based technology that allows the vehicle to see where drivers cannot. Active alerts enhance driver awareness to mitigate collisions.
  • ADAS Tier 2: Electronic Stability Control kit and radar-based technologies assist drivers with an additional layer of active safety. Tier 2 includes Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) to maintain a following gap with a lead vehicle and Collision Mitigation Braking (CMB) to help slow the vehicle if a crash is imminent.
  • ADAS Tier 3: Equips drivers with comprehensive technologies for accident avoidance. Tier 3 combines all of the technologies from Tier 1 & Tier 2, making it Oshkosh’s most comprehensive safety solution.

The winning JLTV solution from Oshkosh, M-ATV 6×6 Technology Demonstrator and Global Integrated Product Support (GIPS) kiosk will be showcased on the second floor at AUSA in the Oshkosh Defense booth #6643. Oshkosh Defense leadership will be available to discuss the company’s vehicles, technologies and services.

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photo Raytheon

photo Raytheon

 

WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 By Ryan Maass   (UPI)

 

Raytheon announced major milestones bringing an upgrade of Patriot Air and Missile Defense System radar with Gallium Nitride-based Active Electronically Scanned Array radar closer to production phase. Raytheon is funding an upgrade to the Patriot radar as more advanced drones, aircraft, and ballistic missiles are likely to become a greater threat. The upgrade is a Gallium Nitride-based AESA technology, which uses three antenna arrays mounted on a mobile radar, allowing coverage in all directions. Ralph Acaba, vice president of Integrated Air and Missile Defense at Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems business, says the upgrade will balance more coverage with mobility.

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A Humvee on patrol in Iraq. Photo By Photographers Mate 3rd Class Shawn Hussong, U.S. Navy

A Humvee on patrol in Iraq. Photo By Photographers Mate 3rd Class Shawn Hussong, U.S. Navy

 

SOUTH BEND, Ind., Oct. 13 By Richard Tomkins   (UPI)

 

New contracts and contract modifications have been given to AM General for High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles, or Humvees.

 

Vehicle-maker AM General has received contracts for production of additional High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles for eight countries. The contracts, worth a combined total of about $42.1 million, include modifications for vehicles and vehicle parts under earlier contracts. Covered under the awards are new production vehicles, international ambulance chassis vehicles, automotive kits, spare parts and training for the United States, Iraq, Afghanistan, Tunisia, Israel, Turkey, Kenya and Lebanon. The High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle is popularly known as the Humvee.

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F-15C Eagles from 493rd Fighter Squadron at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, soar through Turkish skies June 17, 2015, during Anatolian Eagle 2015 - photo USAF

F-15C Eagles from 493rd Fighter Squadron at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, soar through Turkish skies June 17, 2015, during Anatolian Eagle 2015 - photo USAF

 

October 11, 2015: Strategy Page

 

Sensing an opportunity the manufacturer of the 1970s era F-15 jet fighter are offering another upgrade, one what uses new missile racks and novel use of hard points usually reserved for extra fuel, to create an F-15 that can carry 16 long range (AMRAAM) air-to-air missiles rather than the usual eight. This enables an F-15 equipped with the latest radars and fire control systems to quickly attack enemy aircraft before those fighters are close enough to hit the F-15. The F-22 and F-35 were designed to excel at BVR (Beyond Visual Range) encounters where longer range AMRAAM missiles could take out enemy fighters up to 70 kilometers away. But there are too few F-22s and the F-35s are suffering an unending series of delays. Air forces with F-15s need some help in the BVR department and an F-15 with the right electronics and lots of BVR missiles seems a likely solution.

 

Since BVR capability arrived, as the next-big-thing in the 1960 pilots have not been enthusiastic about BVR engagements. The early missiles (like the AIM-7 Sparrow) were not all that reliable or accurate. Pilots were also not confident about firing on an aircraft they could not see (and positively identify as hostile). But after decades of trying, they finally have a winning combination with the AMRAAM and a new generation of radars and electronic gear. Combat training exercises between BVR aircraft and those relying on heat seeking missiles and cannon usually show the BVR birds winning. It has reached the point where many older fighters are being equipped with modern radars and BVR missiles and turned into formidable warplanes because of their BVR, not dog fighting, capabilities. 

 

For American F-15s there is the added bonus of working with one or more of the stealthy F-22s and relying the superior F-22 passive sensors acting as spotters for targets that the AMRAAM equipped F-15s can then fire on quickly and with enough missiles to knock down most of the enemy aircraft before they can fire back. The U.S. Air Force is upgrading 178 of its F-15s to the “Golden Eagle” standard (AESA radar and passive long range sensors) that makes these new tactics possible because these aircraft are equipped to communicate with F-22s using a new system that does risk detection by doing so.

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photo US Navy


13 oct. 2015 NAVAIRSYSCOM

 

For 50 years, the C-2A Greyhound has delivered solutions and smiles across the seas. Watch to learn more about this "workhorse" of the Navy and see the integral logistical support it continues to provide deployed combat groups today.

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MaxxPro MRAP photo Navistar Defence

MaxxPro MRAP photo Navistar Defence

 

13.10.2015 Navistar - army-guide.com

 

Navistar Defense, LLC is displaying, for the first time, its latest MaxxPro® MRAP. A Reset vehicle coming straight from the Reset line in West Point, Miss., this vehicle has an enhanced level of blast protection and features the Electronic Stability Control (ESC). The company also has on display the General Troop Transport (GTT) variant of its 7000 MV Medium Tactical Vehicle line which is similar to what will be delivered to Afghanistan under a recent $369 million order.

 

“The MaxxPro on display incorporates two very significant steps forward in improving safety and mission performance for our country’s warfighters,” said Kevin Thomas, president, Navistar Defense. “First, it is a Reset vehicle which brings a MaxxPro that previously deployed in support of combat operations and has now returned for an extensive refurbishment effort to restore it to like new condition while also being upgraded to the latest configuration. The second is that we have added electronic stability control which further improves safety and performance. As a result of this Reset effort, all MaxxPro vehicles in the U.S. Army inventory will be at the same level of configuration.”

 

These newly Reset and upgraded MaxxPro vehicles are re-entering service in Afghanistan. A total of 785 MaxxPro vehicles, in two variants, are being Reset under a $75 million contract.

 

“Our Medium Tactical Vehicle on display is an example of state-of-the-art technology for taking our commercial Series 7000 WorkStar® truck platform and making it tactically viable and flexible,” according to Thomas. "The baseline MTV platform has been configured in 17 different variants ranging from the GTT to water and fuel tankers and recovery vehicles. This provides tremendous flexibility, commonality and supportability for the Afghan and Iraqi forces operating them.”

 

In late August 2015, the U.S. Army Contracting Command awarded Navistar Defense a $369 million contract to provide 2,293 Medium Tactical Vehicles (MTVs) to build upon the already existing Afghanistan National Security Force's (ANSF) MTV Fleet. Production will commence immediately, with deliveries starting in January 2016 and concluding in 2019.

 

A total of 17,000 MTVs are in service in both Afghanistan and Iraq.

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AH-64E helicopter - photo Boeing

AH-64E helicopter - photo Boeing

 

13 October, 2015 BY: Stephen Trimble - FG

 

Washington DC - A Lockheed Martin communications system will be replaced on the Boeing AH-64E Apache fleet as the US Army moves to standardise data links for manned-unmanned teaming (MUM-T).

 

Having Apache pilots communicating and controlling unmanned air systems (UAS) in flight is a central element of the army’s strategy for replacing the armed scout role now performed by the Bell Helicopter OH-58D Kiowa Warrior. But the transition to the MUM-T future has been complicated by a fleet of UAS fielded with incompatible data links.

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Hesco Armor Wins US Army Contract

 

ABERDEEN, Washington, October 12, 2015 /PRNewswire

 

Hesco Armor, Inc. wins a share of a $49.5M indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) body armor contract to supply the next generation of Small Arms Protective Inserts (SAPI) to the US Army

 

The competitively awarded contract has been shared between three armor manufactures to satisfy U.S. Army Security Assistance Command's (USASAC) Foreign Military Sales requirements, and USASAC's Special Defense Acquisition Fund's Foreign Military Sales inventory requirements.

 

The IDIQ contract called for a technically proficient plate, not before seen in previously available SAPI plates. Hesco Armor plates were chosen for their next generation composite material that creates an ultra-lightweight ballistic resistant insert.

 

Awarded days after the launch of the new Hesco Group brand identity, the contract is an additional testament of The Group's commitment towards innovation and their mission to protect people and assets, whenever and wherever needed.

 

Hesco Armor CEO Stephanie Victory commented : "We are extremely pleased to have been awarded this contract. This award further demonstrates that Hesco is a leader in innovation and personnel protection. Our body armor designs and performance are a leap forward in protection for National Security and Military Personnel."

 

Hesco Armor's parent company, Hesco Bastion, is a long-established provider of defensives barriers for perimeter and infrastructure protection for the US Department of Defense, and synonymous with saving countless lives and now Hesco Armor, relatively new to the personal protection market, has already developed a strong following among homeland security and local law enforcement and will continue the Hesco legacy of keeping the country safe.

 

About Hesco Bastion, Inc

Hesco Bastion, Inc. part of the Hesco Group is a leader in the design and manufacture of rapidly deployable, ground-mounted, earth-filled barrier systems for the purposes of military protection, homeland security and flood protection.

 

About Armor, Inc

Hesco Armor, Inc located in Aberdeen, Washington, was founded in 2012. The company is focused on research and development and manufacturing of body armor and vehicle armor that will bring enhanced safety and advanced technology to the men and women of the US Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

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Lockheed Martin Demonstrates Solution to Respond to Threats from Unmanned Aerial Systems

 

WASHINGTON, October 12, 2015 – Lockheed Martin

 

At this year’s Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting, Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) unveiled a new capability that will allow users to detect and counter emerging threats from Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). The solution, ICARUS™, was designed to operate defensively in various threat environments.

“The U.S. government is seeing an increase in the use of commercially available UAS platforms for surveillance and weaponization,” said Deon Viergutz, vice president of Cyber Solutions for Lockheed Martin. “What Lockheed Martin has developed in ICARUS is a system that can detect, recognize and counteract these systems with pinpoint accuracy.”

Lockheed Martin’s Counter-UAS system has been field tested and demonstrated to several domestic and international customers over the past year. Those tests demonstrated the ability of ICARUS™ to identify and intercept commercially available unmanned aerial systems. 

The development of the ICARUS™ software system draws on Lockheed Martin’s rich history of innovations in electronic warfare, cybersecurity and countermeasures associated with sophisticated threats. It was developed through Lockheed Martin internal investment and combines advanced cyber and cyber electromagnetic activity experience with sensor technology and non-kinetic techniques.

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Marines: USMC More Vulnerable To Extinction

Los Angeles, Calif - Marine Raiders with 1st Marine Raider Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command, transition out of the water during a simulated underwater assault force night-raid in Los Angeles, California, Sept. 3, 2015. - photo USMC

 

October 13, 2015: Strategy Page

 

The U.S. Marine Corps is at war with itself over how to handle the future. Many marines have noticed that their traditional (for over a century) role as the overseas emergency force has been quietly taken over since the 1980s by SOCOM (Special Operations Command). It wasn’t until 2005 that the marines officially assigned its 2,600 strong Marine Special Operations Command, to SOCOM. This was in belated recognition that SOCOM, when it was formed in 1986 was indeed the most effective way to manage and use all the special operations units in the American military. Back then there was resistance from all the services, except the army (which had the most special operations troops mainly in its Special Forces.) But the Secretary of Defense overruled the services, and, by 1990, the navy (SEALS) and air force (special aircraft and pararescue troops) had assigned their special operations units to SOCOM control. The marines resisted and got away with it by insisting they didn't have any "special operations" troops or that "all marines are special operations troops," (depending on what day you asked them.)

 

By late 2001, it was obvious even to the marines that SOCOM was where the action was, and the marines wanted in. After four years of haggling and negotiation, the marines were in with a combination of traditional commandoes, long range recon, and "ranger" type forces. There are also support troops (dog handlers, interrogators and interpreters, intelligence analysts, supply and transportation) as well as a training unit (to instruct foreign troops, a job the marines have been helping the army Special Forces with already.) The marines also agreed to provide, as needed, other marine units that are trained to perform jobs SOCOM needs done. The marines have long had their infantry battalions train some of their troops to perform commando type operations (raids, hostage rescue and the like.) This was done so those battalions, when serving on amphibious ships at sea, had some capability to handle a wider range of emergencies (like getting Americans out of some foreign hot spot.)

 

At the time some observers (including a few marines) thought that the marines might contribute more forces to SOCOM in the future, or perhaps the entire Marine Corps would join SOCOM and take it over. That last jest was based in reality as before World War II the Marine Corps was the “special operations” force you called in for emergencies overseas. That changed during World War II but many American marines noted the different path taken by the British Royal Marines after the war. After 2001 many American marines thought it might be a good idea to copy their brethren, the British Royal Marines, and convert themselves to a commando force.

 

During World War II the Royal Marines had turned themselves into the Royal Marine Commandos. After 1945, when Britain disbanded all of its commando units, the Royal Marines retained three of their infantry battalions as Royal Marines Commandos (commando battalions). These three battalions have remained in service to the present, mainly because they always performed as advertised and were always in great demand.

 

The marines did change after World War II but in different ways. They gradually dropped their army-like divisional organization, using their three "division" headquarters as an administrative units for managing the battalion and brigade (2-4 battalions) size task forces for whatever assignments come their way. This worked quite well during the last two decades of the 20th century. After 2001 there was a new proposal to completely do away with the marine division. Note that the first one of these was organized in 1942 and six were active by 1945. The 2002 proposal had most marines trained more for commando operations rather than traditional infantry combat. This was a trend that was already present in marine training, although marines were still considered, first and foremost, elite ground combat troops. At the time there was a lot of resistance from marine veterans groups (over a hundred thousand marine veterans of World War II were still around then and they could be a feisty lot.) But the marines did have a tradition of constantly transforming themselves, something even old marines recognize and respect. Any such transformation had to wait because after 2003 (the Iraq invasion) the marines became a supplementary force for the army in Iraq and Afghanistan. Over the next decade the marines noted that they could not go back to what they were in 2002 because the army had become more like marines (highly trained and effective infantry) and the marines had become more like these new soldiers.

 

Many marines are concerned that more people will notice that SOCOM is now the marines of old and that the marines are not nearly as special and specialized as they used to be. To make matters worse in 2006 the U.S. Navy decided to create a new naval infantry force to do some of the jobs the marines had originally done but were now too busy being soldiers to take care of. By 2008 the navy had built a new ground combat force staffed by 40,000 sailors. This was NECC (Navy Expeditionary Combat Command), which was capable of operating along the coast and up rivers, as well as further inland. NECC units were already in Iraq by then and ready to deploy anywhere else they are needed. The 1,200 sailors in the EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) teams are particularly sought after, because of increased use of roadside bombs and booby traps by the enemy. NECC has also organized three Riverine Squadrons which all served in Iraq. NECC basically consists of most of the combat support units the navy has traditionally put ashore, plus some coastal and river patrol units that have usually only been organized in wartime.

 

In light of all this many marines fear that any new effort by the politicians to eliminate the Marine Corps will succeed. The marines have been avoiding these extinction efforts for over a century mainly because they could demonstrate some unique abilities. Without that advantage the marines are vulnerable.

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