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Egypt will buy MISTRAL warships once intended for Russia

Lockheed Martin Unveils Advanced EOTS Development

Lockheed Martin Corporation (LMCO) is offering the Advanced Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS) development for the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft.

France Says Egypt To Buy Mistral Warships

French President Francois Hollande said Wednesday Egypt had agreed to buy two Mistral warships which France built for Russia before scrapping the sale over the Ukraine crisis.

Poland To Acquire Mobile Battlefield Reconnaissance Radars

Navy interest in Scorpion Jet as Textron seeks USAF certification

Undisclosed African nation buys two C-27Js

India proceeds with Apache and Chinook helicopter acquisition

Norway, Australia Team To Upgrade Missile for F-35

Russia Deploys Fighter Jets to War-Torn Syria


Modern Day Marine (MDM 2015) News

LMCO's new Amphibious Combat Vehicle offering carries up to 13 Marines.

Lockheed Martin Introduces New Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) Candidate at Modern Day Marine

Lockheed Martin officially introduced its new Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) 1.1 offering at the Modern Day Marine trade show in Quantico, Virginia, today.  The armored, eight-wheel-drive, made-in-America vehicle is designed to transport up to 13 Marines, transition seamlessly between land and water, and provide high levels of blast protection.

Marine Corps leaders call for fast-fail approach to innovation

Marines get a closer look at Prox Dynamics Black Hornet micro drone

Oshkosh Confident About Outcome in JLTV Protest


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U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command to Solict Industry on UH-1N Huey Replacement

Air Force Magazine notes that the U.S. Air Force Materiel Command will host an industry day in late August to solicit information on potential solutions for replacing Air Force Global Strike Command's (AFGSC's) fleet of aging UH-1N Huey helicopters, according to a recent DoD contracting notice. The event, planned for August 26-27 at Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio, will provide contractors information on a forthcoming capabilities request for information that will detail requirements for the new helicopter. The USAF wants to buy up 72 new helicopters, which are used by security forces at AFGSC bases to respond to incidents, protect facilities, and patrol the vast Minuteman III missile fields at the command's bases, among other tasks. The new helicopter will be an off-the-shelf, in-production aircraft, according to the industry day announcement posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website. Lt. Gen. Stephen Wilson, the former commander of AFGSC, said this past January in a roundtable discussion with reporters that the service is leaning toward purchasing a modified version of UH-60 Black Hawks to replace the Hueys. Air Force spokesman Ed Gulick told Air Force Magazine the service wants to award a contract in 2017.

Defense Systems Personnel


Northrop Grumman Corporation announced it has appointed Eric Scholten, vice president and controller for the company's Aerospace Systems sector.  In his new role, Scholten will be responsible for financial planning and analysis; financial reporting and accounting; budgets, rates and overhead management; government relations and compliance; resource management; and property administration for the sector. He will report to Sunil Navale, vice president, business management and chief financial officer of Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems.  Scholten joined the company in 2005 and has held a number of leadership positions in business management at the company's Aerospace Systems sector and at Northrop Grumman's corporate headquarters. He currently serves as director of business management where he is responsible for financial and business administration activities for strategic and technology business programs. Prior to joining Northrop Grumman, he held a variety of engineering positions at other aerospace companies.


SOCOM Leadership identifies material needs

Rear Admiral Brian T. Losey

The current Special Operations Commanders from each of the Military Services outlined at SOFIC 2015 their perspectives on the capabilities and solutions that they need from industry.  While there was an expected focus on smaller, faster, cheaper, there were some unconventional perspectives as well.   All of the details are here, but highlights included:

  • Lt. General Charles T. Cleveland, who leads the Army Special Operations Command (USASOC), stressed the imperative for his organization to develop partnerships with industry so close that industry understands current and emerging SOF needs and can advance these solutions within the SOF community.  
  • Lt. Gen. Bradley Heithold, who heads the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), opened his remarks by observing that "Our customer is the enemy... and we deliver violence to that customer."
  • Rear Admiral Brian T. Losey, who heads the Navy Special Operations Command (NAVSOC), stressed the usual need for “cheaper-faster-smaller” systems and particularly the need for “partnerability” to be built into systems where SOF partners, including “less than secure” partners, can use these systems, or variants thereof.  
  • Maj. Gen Joseph L. Osterman, who directs the Marine Corps Special Operations Command (MARSOC), spoke of the imperative for his organization to take steps in the cyber domain and to more aggressively exploit social media opportunities.