Category Archives: Budget Industry

Navy Awards Boeing $43 Million to Build Four Orca XLUUVs

Navy Awards Boeing $43 Million to Build Four Orca XLUUVs

Boeing Echo Voyager. Boeing Co. photo.

This post has been updated with a statement from Boeing.

The Navy awarded Boeing a $43-million contract to build four Orca Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (XLUUVs) that will become multi-mission for the service, according to a Wednesday Pentagon contract announcement. Read More

Navy: Ford's Advanced Arresting Gear Will be Ready for Fleet Super Hornets, Growlers by End of Year

Navy: Ford’s Advanced Arresting Gear Will be Ready for Fleet Super Hornets, Growlers by End of Year

F/A-18F Pilot LCDR Jamie R. Struck the makes first carrier arrested landing using AAG system aboard USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) off the Virginia coast. US Navy Photo

A previous version of this post misstated the Navy’s reliability requirement for the Advanced Arresting Gear. The requirement is 16,500 recoveries before an operational failure.

ABOARD AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS GERALD R. FORD – The crew of USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) are slowly expanding the aircraft they can launch and recover from the next-generation aircraft carrier, Ford’s air boss told USNI News last week. Read More

Navy Proposing Bold Changes in How it Teaches Sailors in New Education Plan

Navy Proposing Bold Changes in How it Teaches Sailors in New Education Plan

Utilitiesman 1st Class Joshua Poirier, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3, and Sailors assigned to Commander, Fleet Activities Okinawa tenant commands, take the Navy-wide chief petty officer advancement exam. US Navy Photo

THE PENTAGON – The Navy is pushing a series of education reforms to better train enlisted sailors and officers to face the increasing military capability posed by near-peer competitors and to fight complex, high-end wars. Read More

Future South China Sea FONOPS Will Include Allies, Partners

Future South China Sea FONOPS Will Include Allies, Partners

Adm. Phil Davidson, the commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, meets with Japan’s Minister of Defense, Takeshi Iwaya, Indo-Pacific Command headquarters. Navy photo.

CAPITOL HILL — The U.S. will continue the recent pace of freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea and will include allies and partners in future missions, the commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command told a Senate panel on Tuesday. Read More

Austal Expanding Involvement in LCS Program Through Maintenance Planning, Execution

Austal Expanding Involvement in LCS Program Through Maintenance Planning, Execution

The littoral combat ship USS Montgomery (LCS 8) enters dry dock for Post Shakedown Availability (PSA) at San Diego Ship Repair on May 19, 2017. PSA is designed to harness results of a thorough test and evaluation period and pave the way to operational employment by the Navy. It is the last availability in the ship construction period and required repairs identified during combat systems ship qualifications trials and final contractor trials are made using contractor and program office money. US Navy photo.

Austal USA is looking to deepen its ties with the Littoral Combat Ship program, pursuing multiple efforts to remain involved in maintenance and life cycle management for the ship program still about halfway through construction. Read More

Service Secretaries Say New Weapon Systems Must be More Interoperable Among Branches

Service Secretaries Say New Weapon Systems Must be More Interoperable Among Branches

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 1st Class Natalia Fraser signals to an AH-64A Apache helicopter assigned to the Hellenic 1st Army Aviation Division on the flight deck of amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD-24) on Jan. 7, 2019. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Remaining ahead of adversary capabilities means investing now in multi-domain and interoperable weapons systems, says the military department secretaries.

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