BAE Systems’ Amphibious Combat Vehicle 1.1 entrant. BAE Systems photo.
This post has been updated to remove references to an engineering contract related to work on a high water speed increment of the ACV. The Marine Corps inadvertently posted an old notice on FedBizOpps that discussed a contract option that was never exercised. The service will pursue high water speed research but did not begin work under that particular contract option.
The Marine Corps released its request for proposals for the engineering and manufacturing development phase of the Amphibious Combat Vehicle program, which will replace the Vietnam War-era Amphibious Assault Vehicles. Read More
The following is the March 26, 2015 Congressional Research Service Report, Navy Virginia (SSN-774) Class Attack Submarine Procurement: Background and Issues for Congress. Read More
The belief that economic sanctions will curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions is “fundamentally false,” a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Wednesday. Read More
The first of class littoral combat ships USS Freedom (LCS 1), rear, and USS Independence (LCS 2) maneuver together during an exercise off the coast of Southern California on May, 2 2012.
US Navy Photo.
This post has been updated to include additional information from Lockheed Martin regarding the impact of the contracting decision to its production line.
The Navy on Tuesday awarded Austal USA $691 million for two Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) and Lockheed Martin $441 million for one LCS and advance procurement funding for a second ship next year. Each company’s contract modification also included an option for another ship in Fiscal Year 2016 which would be the 11th for each builder under a block buy. Read More
Guided missile corvette Tuo Jiang on December 2014. via wikipedia
The Republic of China Navy has commissioned the first in a planned class of a dozen domestically constructed guided missile corvettes in a Tuesday ceremony. Read More
USS Peleliu (LHA 5) is underway in the Philippine Sea in its last 2014 deployment. US Navy Photo
The last Tarawa-class big deck amphibious warship will decommission in a ceremony at Naval Station San Diego on Tuesday ahead of joining the Navy’s inactive reserve fleet in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, the service announced on Monday. Read More
MV-22 Osprey assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 163 launches from USS Makin Island (LHD-8) on Aug. 24, 2014. US Navy Photo
The Marine Corps would purchase 10 new aircraft, improve the digital interoperability of existing aircraft and boost connectivity through additional communications systems and unmanned aerial vehicles if Congress provided additional funding. Read More
An F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter on Nov. 3, 2014. The Navy included eight of the aircraft and 12 Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets in its FY 2016 Unfunded Priorities List to Congress. US Navy Photo
Upgrading the electronic warfare capabilities on ships and aircraft, modernizing destroyers and adding almost $2 billion in new aircraft topped the Navy’s list of wants in its unfunded priorities wish list to Congress. Read More
The following is the list of unfunded priorities from all of the services for Fiscal Year 2016 issued to Congress on March 27, 2015. Read More
Retired Gen. Wesley Clark at The Atlantic Council on March 30, 2015. Atlantic Council Photo
The Russians and Russian-backed forces in Ukraine are poised to launch a new offensive, probably between Orthodox Easter and before V-E Day in early May the former supreme commander of NATO Forces said in a presentation at The Atlantic Council. Read More