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BAE Makes Big Bet On Small Companies: FAST Labs

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


“This is not based on ownership. We leave them their freedom.”

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Army Adapts Aircraft EW To Protect Tanks: BAE RAVEN

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Will high-tech hardware developed to protect aircraft translate to the mud and dust of ground combat?

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Army Picks BAE Jammer To Kill Russian Missiles (Softly)

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


If RAVEN succeeds in the next, more challenging round of tests, the BAE jammer will ultimately go on the 1980s-vintage M2 Bradley. That’s a big part of the Army’s urgent push to protect American armored vehicles against Russian-made anti-tank missiles in widespread use around the world.

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UK F-35s Clear IOC For Land-Based Ops; UK Spending Big on Defense

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WASHINGTON: The UK is ready to start deploying the first batch of its new F-35 fighter overseas, the country’s top defense official said Thursday, while introducing a slew of new cruise and attack missiles for its Typhoon jets.   The announcement of Initial Operational Capability (IOC) for nine F-35Bs comes weeks after the Royal Navy… Keep reading →

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MPF Light Tank Profits Estimated ~$495M: Byron Callan

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The Army’s said it wants 504 of the MPF light tanks. But analyst Byron Callan is betting that either the Marine Corps or foreign buyers (or both) add another 106, bringing the total to 610 machines.

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Zumwalt Close to Losing Gun, But Open to EW and Directed Energy

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WASHINGTON: The once-revolutionary prospects of the Navy’s Zumwalt-class destroyer continue to be whittled away. Having lost some of its touted stealth capabilities and suffered a series of engine and electrical problems, now it’s likely to ditch its long-troubled gun. The Advanced Gun System on the Zumwalt never lived up to its billing. When the Navy… Keep reading →

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General Dynamics Griffin Takes Lead To Replace M2 Bradley: Analysis

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


BAE System’s CV90 Mark IV is the latest upgrade of a 25-year-old vehicle widely used in Europe; the Rheinmetall-Raytheon Lynx is an all-new design, although individual components have a good track record; but the General Dynamics Griffin III is in the middle, combining a new gun and new electronics with the time-tested chassis from the European ASCOD family.

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Can BAE’s CV90 Roll From European Success To US Army NGCV?

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


AUSA: In a promising sign for the US Army’s Big Six modernization plan, not one but three different companies have invested their own money in full-up working vehicles for the Army’s Next Generation Combat Vehicle (NGCV) project: BAE Systems, which makes the current M2 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle, a heavily armed and armored troop carrier… Keep reading →

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Army AMPV On Track To Enter Production, Early!

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AMPV is a well-armored, all-terrain workhorse that will replace geriatric M113s in a host of roles from battlefield transport to armored ambulance to mobile command post.

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Army Moves $25B To Big Six, From New Tanks To 6.8mm Rifle

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The Army plans to move at least $25 billion over the next five years from low-priority programs to preparing for major war. That includes developing a wide variety of new weapons, from high-speed aircraft, to partially-robotic armored vehicles, to a long-ranged 6.8 millimeter rifle to replace the venerable M16/M4 family and its controversial 5.56 mm round.

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