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  • Kongsberg ensures that CROWS remains operational | ‘Charles de Gaulle’...
    by Philipp Schramm on September 18, 2018 at 4:00 am

    Americas Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace is set to further support the US Army’s CROWS. The awarded firm-fixed-price contract has a value of $498.3 million and provides for the continued production, sustainment and recurring engineering services needed to keep the M153 CROWS operational. […]

  • A Videogame With Real Guns: The USA’s CROWS RWS Contracts
    by Joe Katzman on September 18, 2018 at 3:58 am

    CROWS in Iraq (click to view full) Most military vehicles can mount some sort of weapon, and even small protected vehicles like up-armored Hummers have top mounts. Manning them can be hazardous, however, as the story behind the Chavis Turret illustrates. Gunners are especially exposed to enemy […]

  • Columbia-class resurfaces: prelude to construction | Royal Seahawk touches base...
    by Philipp Schramm on September 17, 2018 at 4:00 am

    Americas General Dynamics Electric Boat is receiving additional funding to advance with work on the Navy’s new-class of ballistic missile submarines. The cost-plus-fixed-fee modification is valued at $480.6 million and provides for advance procurement and construction of the Columbia-class […]

  • SSBN-X Subs: Congressmen Promote Refresh, Have Sub Bases in Districts
    by Joe Katzman on September 17, 2018 at 3:58 am

    SSBN-X concept (click to view full) The US Navy needs new SSBN nuclear missile submarines. Their existing Ohio Class boats will begin to retire at a rate of 1 hull per year, beginning in 2027, as they reach the end of their 42-year operational lifetimes. Hence SSBN-X, also known as the Ohio […]

  • AIM-9X Block II & Beyond: The New Sidewinder Missiles
    by Joe Katzman on September 17, 2018 at 3:56 am

    AIM-9X test, F-18C (click for close-up) Raytheon’s AIM-9X Block II would have made Top Gun a very short movie. It’s the USA’s most advanced short range air-air missile, capable of using its datalink, thrust vectoring maneuverability, and advanced imaging infrared seeker to hit […]

  • Missile Defense: Next Steps for the USA’s GMD
    by Joe Katzman on September 17, 2018 at 3:54 am

    GMD launch, 2001 (click to view full) The USA’s Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) program uses land-based missiles to intercept incoming ballistic missiles in the middle of their flight, outside the atmosphere. The missiles are currently based at 2 sites in the USA: 4 at Vandenberg AFB in […]

  • MH-60R/S: The USA’s New Naval Workhorse Helicopters
    by Joe Katzman on September 17, 2018 at 3:52 am

    USN Heli Plan (click to view full) The US Army’s UH-60 Black Hawks have always had a naval counterpart. SH-60B/F Seahawk/ LAMPS helicopters were outfitted with maritime radar, sonobuoys, and other specialized equipment that let them perform a wide variety of roles, from supply and transport, […]

  • Digital Raven: Hand-Launched UAV Goes Binary
    by Fred Donovan on September 17, 2018 at 3:50 am

    Latest updates: USAF to use RQ-11Bs at bases worldwide. RQ-11B Raven (click to view full) The RQ-11 Raven is a 4.2-pound, backpackable, hand-launched UAV that provides day and night, real-time video imagery for “over the hill” and “around the corner” reconnaissance, […]

  • Timely Defenders: Keeping Patriots in Shape
    by Joe Katzman on September 17, 2018 at 3:48 am

    DID's FOCUS Article covering the Patriot anti-air missile system, including all development & contracts during the FY 2007 time frame... […]

  • Fire Scout completes sea-mine hunting op | FRA & GER shipbuilders compete...
    by Philipp Schramm on September 14, 2018 at 4:00 am

    Americas Boeing is being tapped to upgrade the Navy’s P-8A Aircrew Training System. The contract modification has a value of $194.5 million and provides for upgrades that are essential to meeting future mission capabilities. Upgrades will also be made to training systems located in Adelaide, […]

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