Army Chinook Helicopter to Fly for 100 Years

Army Chinook Helicopter to Fly for 100 Years

Upgrades to the CH-47 Chinook will allow it to serve until the 2060s by Kris Osborn (Scout Warrior) The Army plans to fly its Vietnam-era workhorse CH-47 Chinook cargo helicopter for 100 years by continuously upgrading the platform through a series of ongoing technological adjustments designed to improve lift, weight, avionics and cargo handling, among other things. The Army goal is to allow the helicopter, which was first produced in the early 1960s, to serve all the way into the 2060s – allowing the aircraft service life to span an entire century. “Our primary goal is maintaining the CH-47F’s relevance to the warfighter,” Lt. Col. Ricard Bratt said in a […]

Innovative ideas streamline radar power assembly process

Innovative ideas streamline radar power assembly process

by Mrs. Jacqueline Boucher (CECOM) TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT, Pa. — Employees here introduced several innovative ideas for streamlining assembly processes on the Lightweight Counter Mortar Radar (LCMR) system’s power distribution unit (PDU) saving time and money. Simplified cabling and alternate step-by-step procedures, proposed by subject matter experts in the Systems Integration and Support Directorate’s Tactical Systems Cable Branch, shaved 6.5 hours off the assembly process. The projected savings based on scheduled workload is more than $81,000 over the next 14 months. LCMRs backtrack incoming mortar, rocket and artillery rounds, enabling quick countermeasures “This was accomplished through many internal efficiencies implemented throughout the shop,” said Eugene Golembeski, branch chief. “I can’t […]

Operational test looks to reduce satellite lease costs with channel sharing

Operational test looks to reduce satellite lease costs with channel sharing

By Sgt. Devon Bistarkey (PEO C3T) JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. – The Army’s predominate friendly-force tracking tool known as Blue Force Tracker (BFT), used by nearly every ground and aviation vehicle across the fleet, could soon be part of a satellite channel sharing initiative. Currently, BFT-1 and BFT-2 systems utilize unique satellite channels to send and receive Position Location Information (PLI) and Command and Control (C2) data which allows commanders to visualize assets within the operational sphere. While this is operationally effective, it comes with significant costs. Validation from single beam testing offers a forward-thinking solution. On Jan 27, the Army conducted a channel sharing aviation mobility operational test at […]

Strength in (small) numbers

Strength in (small) numbers

The high-tech Army is creating opportunities as small businesses play an increasingly pivotal role in the evolution of the tactical network, and sensible use of the SBIR program is a strong reason why. by Ms. Nancy Jones-Bonbrest It’s no secret that big business dominates the battlefield. Yet, as the Army turns its focus to an agile force, able to deploy on short notice to locations anywhere in the world—all while staying connected with uninterrupted mission command and situational awareness—small businesses are playing a pivotal role in the evolution of the tactical network. They may not be as big as some of today’s industry giants, but in an ever-evolving high-tech Army, […]

US Army Pacific exercise highlights joint communications for Pacific Theater

US Army Pacific exercise highlights joint communications for Pacific Theater

FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii (Feb. 25, 2016) — Even with today’s advanced military networked communications systems, the simple ability to make voice calls or track logistics forces while operating in the vast Pacific Theater is challenging. Recently, Soldiers onboard an Army Logistics Supply Vessel (LSV) in Hawaii took a leap forward when they used equipment that enabled seamless communication with land units 200 miles away — enabling the transfer of data, images and clear voice communications. Working in collaboration, the Army and Navy demonstrated, Feb. 18, at Fort Shafter, how an integrated suite of network technology can effectively provide communications for Joint users throughout the Pacific Theater. Using the Army’s Manpack […]

Army’s standardized encryption chip comes to the RESCUE

Army’s standardized encryption chip comes to the RESCUE

by Kristen Kushiyama ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — Almost every communications device issued by the U.S. Army has some level of encryption capability to help prevent sensitive military information from falling into the wrong hands. Encryption capabilities are traditionally developed during the communications devices’ development, which leads to numerous cryptographic engine cores. These cryptographic engine cores securely process key product information for sender authentication and confidentiality, integrity and non-repudiation of messages. The U.S. Army Materiel Command’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, or CERDEC, is leading the Army’s technology program to decrease the number and variety of cryptographic engine cores by developing a universal encryptor, which will be a common […]

Joint Light Tactical Vehicle team celebrates second Packard Award for acquisition excellence

Joint Light Tactical Vehicle team celebrates second Packard Award for acquisition excellence

by Michael Clow (ASA (ALT)) WARREN, Mich. (Feb. 22, 2016) — Leaders from the Joint Project Office for Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JPO JLTV) celebrated receiving DOD’s David Packard Award in Acquisition Excellence for 2015 during a Pentagon ceremony last week–the team’s second such award in just three years. The JLTV program is an Army-led effort partnered with the U.S. Marine Corps to replace a portion of each service’s light tactical vehicle fleets. The new truck will close existing capability gaps caused by an imbalance of payload, performance and protection, while giving Soldiers and Marines enhanced protection and improved maneuverability, transportability, maintainability and connectivity to 21st-century battlefield networks. “I am […]

Future modernization motor pool sparks student interest in Army STEM careers

Future modernization motor pool sparks student interest in Army STEM careers

by Vanessa Flores FORT BLISS, Texas (February 18, 2016) — As the next generation of vehicles are being built to facilitate Army modernization, the next generation of future engineers are setting the foundation for their potential career paths. El Paso high school students have been visiting the System of Systems Engineering and Integration, Capability Package Directorate’s Integration Motor Pool (IMP) at Fort Bliss, Texas during preparation for the Army’s Network Integration Evaluation, or NIE, 16.2 exercise this spring. The Capability Package Directorate, which provides engineering and systems integration support for the Army’s semi-annual NIE and Army Warfighting Assessment events, is now building the network and integrating equipment for the Soldier-led […]

Army Hosts Industry Day for Improved Medium Tactical Vehicles

Army Hosts Industry Day for Improved Medium Tactical Vehicles

By Mr. Michael Clow (ASA(ALT)) SILVER SPRINGS, Nev. (February 12, 2016) — This week Army leaders took an important step toward a new competition for improved Medium Tactical Vehicles by sharing lessons learned and planned improvements with interested industry partners. The current Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) first entered production in 1991 to replace the iconic 2.5-ton “deuce and a half” and 5-ton trucks. Some of those trucks trace their design legacy back to World War II, but the new generation focused on a common chassis and components. Over the past 25 years, multiple vendors have produced, upgraded, and improved more than 75,000 of these vehicles. The trucks form […]

Innovation Engine

Innovation Engine

The Small Business Innovation Research program enables RDECOM to ride a wave of small business ingenuity to help the warfighter, bringing transformative technologies to existing programs at low cost. by Mr. John O’Brien, Mr. Larry Bickford, Mr. Robert Auer, Mr. Michael J. Statkus and Mr. Steve Olevnik Small business involvement in Army technology procurement is thriving, and one place where that’s happening is the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM), in part through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and the companion Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program. SBIR, a governmentwide program, plays a big part in RDECOM’s engagement with small businesses, opening avenues to funding and […]