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Panel: Military Wants Accelerated Buys for New Tech But at What Cost?

Panel: Military Wants Accelerated Buys for New Tech But at What Cost?

A Marine with Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, prepares the newly developed “Black Hornet” unmanned aerial system for flight at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif. on Aug. 5, 2016. US Marine Corps Photo

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — The Marine Corps is moving ahead quickly on equipping its infantry squads with the latest technologies, including small quadcopter drones that will help build their situational awareness on the battlefield. Read More

DSEI: Navy Poised to Order Second Vessel for ACTUV Sea Hunter Test Program

DSEI: Navy Poised to Order Second Vessel for ACTUV Sea Hunter Test Program

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency tests its Sea Hunter unmanned vehicle — the technology demonstration vessel it designed, developed and built through its anti-submarine warfare continuous trail unmanned vessel program, or ACTUV — in Portland, Ore., prior to an April 7 commissioning ceremony. DARPA photo.

LONDON — The U.S. Navy is preparing to take full control of the Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) program and procure a second craft. Read More

DARPA, BAE Systems Developing Small Unmanned Underwater Vehicles to Hunt Enemy Submarines

DARPA, BAE Systems Developing Small Unmanned Underwater Vehicles to Hunt Enemy Submarines

Lt. j.g. Matthew Clark, assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mahan (DDG 72), talks to sonar technicians about attack options during anti-submarine warfare training. Surface combatants can use active or passive detection to find subs, whereas submarines are limited to passive detection if they want to stay stealthy. DARPA’s MOCCA program would allow submarines to deploy an unmanned underwater vehicle to conduct active sonar search missions on its behalf while staying stealthy. US Navy photo.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded BAE Systems a $4.6 million contract for an unmanned underwater vehicle that would help U.S. Navy submarines detect adversary subs while minimizing their own risk of being detected. Read More

DoN $180B Budget Request Emphasizes Readiness; Reduces Spending on Ships, Aircraft

DoN $180B Budget Request Emphasizes Readiness; Reduces Spending on Ships, Aircraft

A sailor welds during the ongoing maintinance availability for carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) on June 26, 2014. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated following Pentagon and Navy press briefings on the FY 2018 budget.

THE PENTAGON – The Department of the Navy’s $180-billion budget request sets out to improve overall readiness of the Navy and the Marine Corps while making only modest asks for new aircraft and ships. Read More

ONR Director To Tackle Tech Transfer Challenge Despite Lack Of Ships Free For Demos

ONR Director To Tackle Tech Transfer Challenge Despite Lack Of Ships Free For Demos

Rear Adm. David J. Hahn, right, relieves Rear Adm. Mat W. Winter as the chief of naval research (CNR) during a change-of-command ceremony at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 18, 2016. US Navy photo.

Rear Adm. David J. Hahn, right, relieves Rear Adm. Mat W. Winter as the chief of naval research (CNR) during a change-of-command ceremony at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 18, 2016. US Navy photo.

The Navy’s new chief of naval research vowed to work with the research community and the fleet to transition new technologies over the “valley of death,” the perennial problem of operationalizing technology that is made all the more challenging by a strained fleet with little time for experimentation. Read More

Video: DARPA Sea Hunter Parasail Tests

Video: DARPA Sea Hunter Parasail Tests

The following is a DARPA video of the Sea Hunter Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) during open-water testing off the coast of California and recently set sail with its first payload: a prototype of a low-cost, elevated sensor mast developed through the agency’s Towed Airborne Lift of Naval Systems (TALONS) research effort. Read More

Marine Aviation Head Lists High-end Wants for MUX Program

Marine Aviation Head Lists High-end Wants for MUX Program

The Bell V-247 tiltrotor is an unmanned aerial system (UAS) that will combine the vertical lift capability of a helicopter with the speed and range of a conventional fixed-wing aircraft, and would provide long-endurance persistent expeditionary and surveillance and fires capabilities. Bell rendering.

The Bell V-247 tiltrotor is an unmanned aerial system (UAS) that will combine the vertical lift capability of a helicopter with the speed and range of a conventional fixed-wing aircraft, and would provide long-endurance persistent expeditionary and surveillance and fires capabilities. Bell rendering.

ARLINGTON, Va. – The head of Marine Corps aviation has big plans for the service’s planned large unmanned aerial vehicle set to enter the service in the next decade. Read More