Procurement

More Double-V Hull Strykers

Dar Barker, a General Dynamics Land Systems retrofit chief from Puyallup, Wa., directs an armored combat vehicle outside the Stryker battle damage repair facility at Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar, Oct. 5. The Stryker infantry carrier vehicle had been restored after deterioration during enemy engagement in Iraq. It's the first vehicle to adopt a new desert tan color in Southwest Asia, in preparation for a planned phase out of the Stryker's current deep green color. Photo by Dustin Senger

US Plans Radical Upgrade of Stryker Brigades If the US Army can manage to keep its future budgets in line with current projections, the service will transform all nine of its Stryker brigades into the heavily armored “double V-hull” (DVH) configuration. The Army already fields two DVH brigades while a third is in the works […]

CIWS Opens Up

ARABIAN GULF (Jan. 19, 2014) The guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56) fires a close-in weapons system (CIWS) during a live-fire exercise. San Jacinto is deployed as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Preston Paglinawan/Released) Block 1B

ARABIAN GULF (Jan. 19, 2014) The guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56) fires a close-in weapons system (CIWS) during a live-fire exercise. San Jacinto is deployed as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. […]

Tanks: ‘Something of a relic’

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, conducted a joint air mobility exercise with Airmen from the 21st Airlift Squadron, 60th Air Mobility Wing, Travis Air Force Base, Cali., Jan. 13-17, 2014, at Fort Carson’s Arrival/Departure Airfield Control Group airfield. The exercise was held in order to validate air loads on a C-17 Globemaster military transport aircraft as part of the Global Response Force mission to rapidly deploy worldwide in support of the XVIII Airborne Corps. The joint exercise also focused on proper tie-down procedures of equipment, which included an M1A2 SEP (V2) Abrams Main Battle Tank and Bradley Fighting Vehicles. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Grady Jones, 3rd ABCT Public Affairs, 4th Inf. Div.)

The end of the tank? The Army says it doesn’t need it, but industry wants to keep building it. This article oversimplifies a lot of things about tanks and jumps to a lot of conclusions about their obsolescence, but it does contain a lot of interesting information about the state of the armor-building industry. BAE: […]

Tanks, but no tanks

Army says no to more tanks, but Congress insists It’s the inverse of the federal budget world these days, in which automatic spending cuts are leaving sought-after pet programs struggling or unpaid altogether. Republicans and Democrats for years have fought so bitterly that lawmaking in Washington ground to a near-halt. Yet in the case of […]

WARNed

Lockheed: No Sequestration Layoff Notices This Year Violating the law in order to not issue layoff notices before the election at the request of the White House. McCain promises to block WARN Act payments McCain says he’ll block the payments the White House has promised defense companies warning companies they have a choice whether to […]

R2-D2 Opens Up

Does anyone know if all of the Phalanxes in the active fleet have been upgraded to Block 1B? Based on earlier purchase schedules, Murdoc would guess that there are still quite a few waiting to be upgraded. More info on the Phalanx CIWS here.

LCS

Murdoc hasn’t posted much about the Littoral Combat Ships lately, so here’s a link to a good post over at CDR Salamander: LCS: A Global Force for Confusion Money quote: We all know that LCS is just a speed-fetish’s version of a large corvette. A slightly armed, sub-optimal corvette at that. Murdoc was a fan […]