Defense Tech


  • Super Hornet Fighter Family MYP-III: 2010-2018 Contracts
    by Joe Katzman on May 21, 2019 at 3:56 am

    Breakthrough… (click to view full) The US Navy flies the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet fighters, and has begun operating the EA-18G Growler electronic warfare & strike aircraft. Many of these buys have been managed out of common multi-year procurement (MYP) contracts, which aim to reduce […]

  • F-35 Lightning: The Joint Strike Fighter Program
    by Padraig McCarrick on May 21, 2019 at 3:54 am

      F-35B: off probation (click to view full) The $382 billion F-35 Joint Strike fighter program may well be the largest single global defense program in history. This major multinational program is intended to produce an “affordably stealthy” multi-role fighter that will have 3 […]

  • Bell Boeing tapped for V-22 Flight Control System Support | Angola received...
    by Emily Erhold on May 20, 2019 at 4:00 am

    Americas Bell Boeing won a $42.2 million contract modification for fleet software sustainment of the V-22 flight control system. The order includes engineering and technical support for the Osprey. The V-22 Osprey is the world’s first production tiltrotor aircraft, blending the vertical […]

  • V-22 Osprey: The Multi-Year Buys, 2008-2017
    by Joe Katzman on May 20, 2019 at 3:58 am

    (click to view full) In March 2008, the Bell Boeing Joint Project Office in Amarillo, TX received a $10.4 billion modification that converted the previous N00019-07-C-0001 advance acquisition contract to a fixed-price-incentive-fee, multi-year contract. The new contract rose to $10.92 billion, and […]

  • LCS: The USA’s Littoral Combat Ships
    by Joe Katzman on May 20, 2019 at 3:54 am

    Austal Team Trimaran LCS Design (click to enlarge) Exploit simplicity, numbers, the pace of technology development in electronics and robotics, and fast reconfiguration. That was the US Navy’s idea for the low-end backbone of its future surface combatant fleet. Inspired by successful […]

  • Raytheon’s Standard Missile Naval Defense Family (SM-1 to SM-6)
    by Joe Katzman on May 20, 2019 at 3:52 am

    SM-2 Launch, DDG-77 (click to view larger) Variants of the SM-2 Standard missile are the USA’s primary fleet defense anti-air weapon, and serve with 13 navies worldwide. The most common variant is the RIM-66K-L/ SM-2 Standard Block IIIB, which entered service in 1998. The Standard family […]

  • AMRAAM: Deploying & Developing America’s Medium-Range Air-Air Missile
    by Joe Katzman on May 20, 2019 at 3:50 am

    AIM-120C from F-22A (click for test missile zoom) Raytheon’s AIM-120 Advanced, Medium-Range Air to Air Missile (AMRAAM) has become the world market leader for medium range air-to-air missiles, and is also beginning to make inroads within land-based defense systems. It was designed with the […]

  • Air Force successfully tests Combat Support Innovation | Putin wants to buy 76...
    by Emily Erhold on May 17, 2019 at 4:00 am

    Americas Boeing won a $13.4 million contract modification support of the AN/USQ-82(V) family of systems consisting of the Data Multiplex System, Fiber Optic Data Multiplex System, and Gigabit Ethernet Data Multiplex System (GEDMS). The modification provides for design agent and technical services. […]

  • Adding Arleigh Burkes: H.I.I. Steps Forward for DDG-51 Restart
    by Joe Katzman on May 17, 2019 at 3:58 am

    DDG-110 Construction (click to view full) In April 2009 Bath and Ingalls agreed to the Navy’s surface combatant plans, thus heralding a significant restructuring within the American naval shipbuilding community. Under the agreements, the USA would end production at 3 Graf Spee sized DDG-1000 […]

  • Aging Aircraft: USAF F-15 Fleet Sees Renewed Interest
    by Joe Katzman on May 17, 2019 at 3:56 am

    F-15C over DC (click to view full) “Array of Aging American Aircraft Attracting Attention” discusses the issues that accompany an air force whose fighters have an average age of over 23.5 years – vs. an average of 8.5 years in 1967. One of the most obvious consequences is the […]

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