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« J'aime les USA, et je combats pour elle», c'est ainsi que Lamia Lahlou commente son adhésion à l'armée américaine, et sa participation à la guerre contre l'iraq- depuis déjà 8 mois-. Née au Maroc en 1986, Lamia Lahlou rejoint l'armée américaine 3 ans après les attentats du 11 septembre 2001.

Tempérée par sa propre volonté, «la marocaine», ne mâche pas ses mots pour affirmer que ce pas emboité s'inscrit dans le cadre d'un «vrai Jihad». Rapporte une idéo diffusée largement sur Internet (Voir ci-aprés).

Choquée par la mort de sa meilleure amie, Lamia croit dur comme fer que l'adhésion à l'armée américaine est le seul et unique moyen susceptible de calmer le feu de sa vengeance.

A noter que les USA continuent à «renforcer » son armée via le recrutement des marocains, à l'heure où ALQIADIA ciblent d'autres recrues du Maroc vers la Hollande et la Belgique, tout en passant par la Syrie, l'Espagne et l'Iraq.

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Humvee Replacement Delayed for Army and Marine Corps
Jen Judson, Defense News 10:23 p.m. EDT April 13, 2016


WASHINGTON — The Joint Light Tactical Vehicle won’t reach initial operational capability on time, officials from both the US Army and Marine Corps are saying.

The delays are due mainly to the disruption in executing the program when Lockheed Martin filed a protest of the Army’s decision to award Oshkosh Defense a contract to build the Humvee replacement. Oshkosh beat out Humvee-maker AM General and Lockheed for the $6.7 billion low-rate initial production contract award to build 16,901 vehicles.

The JLTV program was finally able to move ahead in December after work stopped on the program for 98 days during the protest period. Lockheed then filed a lawsuit in the US Court of Federal Claims because it claimed newly supplied Army information that emerged toward the end of the GAO’s protest process was enough to move the protest to court. Oshkosh did not have to stop work while the lawsuit played out in court. Lockheed dropped its lawsuit in February.

he Army is anticipating a six-month delay in reaching initial operational capability. The service originally expected to reach IOC in mid 2019 but expects to now reach that milestone in late 2019, Army spokesman Michael Clow told Defense News.

The Marine Corps IOC will be delayed by a year, Thomas Dee, the deputy assistant secretary of Naval Expeditionary Programs and Logistics Management, said Wednesday at a Senate Armed Services Seapower Subcommittee hearing. The original Marine Corps IOC was expected in the fourth quarter for fiscal 2018 and is now expected in the first quarter of fiscal 2020.

Both delays are significantly longer than the length of a protest period, but the Marine Corps and the Army explained that due to those delays testing schedules also had to be shifted.

“A 90-day delay grew into about six- or an eight-month delay just because of the difficulty of rescheduling a test phase that we were going to do, which then impacts the decision date for the full-rate production decision; which, in turn, puts our funding out of phase for the JLTV program ... which then allowed us to take a look at the time difference between the completion of testing and that whole rate production decision, and it ended up stretching out IOC about a year,” Dee explained.

"The program's schedule is carefully sequenced to accomplish necessary testing and logistics development activities prior to conducting Multi-Service Operational Testing and Evaluation (MOT&E)," Clow said. The MOT&E itself was originally scheduled in July and was moved to February 2017 because Marines and ranges would not be available in the November timeframe due to holidays and leave periods.

The new schedule allows time for the Marine Corps to conduct its fielding decision review; allows for the retrofit of low-rate initial production vehicles to reflect changes resulting from operational test events; and allows for fielding activities that include “swap and installation” of government furnished equipment from fielded units, Manny Pacheco, service spokesman for the program executive office land systems, said.

Despite the delay in IOC, the Army "remains on a remarkable path to deliver all of its anticipated vehicles to Soldiers and Marines roughly five years earlier than previously anticipated and at a significantly reduced cost than previously planned," Clow noted.

Scott Davis, the program executive officer for CS&CSS, broke it down for reporters at the Association of the US Army’s Global Force Symposium last month.

Anticipated savings within the JLTV program could allow the Army to field it earlier and quicker, he explained. Those savings are a result of a savvy acquisition strategy.



“We believe we are going to save between 10 and 15 percent from our budgeted amount on the acquisition of JLTV,” Davis said.

The Army then decided to take “any resources that were available from that and reapply it to the program to help move it forward,” he added. “So we expect if that happens that instead of finishing fielding in the early 2040 timeframe, will be in the mid-2030s because we will be able to apply those savings to the vehicle and build them that much faster and it ends up saving about a net of five years,” Davis explained.


The acquisition cost estimate of the JLTVprogram has dropped by nearly $6 billion, according to a Pentagon Selected Acquisition Report (SAR) released last month.

The program cost is down by over 19 percent from $30.6 billion to $24.7 billion due to “revised estimates” of the unit cost of vehicles and kits, the SAR reads. Breaking that down, the lower cost estimate is based on $3.7 billion in realized savings, $1.3 billion in adjustments due to a stretched out procurement and $550 million due to a changed methodology in estimating technical data package costs, among a few other factors.

Jeff Schogol, Marine Corps Times staff writer, contributed to this report.

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14 April 2016

US-based Versar is to continue providing technical and management support on behalf of clients within the US Army Reserve.

Under the terms of a $3.5m task order extension, the company will provide support to the 88th Reserve Support Command (RSC), Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, US.

Versar CEO Tony Otten said: "We are very pleased to be able to provide continued services to several long-standing clients within the US Army Reserve.

"These task orders will enable the company to undertake more significant work on behalf of both the 88th RSC as well as ARIMD and we're eager to undertake increasingly challenging projects on behalf of both entities."

Previously, the company supported the 88th RSC's Directorate of Public Works in managing nearly 365 facilities in its 19-state area of responsibility for a ten-year period.

In a separate development, Versar secured a $1.1m task order renewal to continue supporting the Real Property Planning and Army Stationing and Installation Plans technical programme for the Army Reserve Installation Management Directorate (ARIMD).

Under the terms of the task order, the company will offer assistance to ARIMD during the construction and maintenance of Army Reserve installations.

The company will continue the services for two additional years, under the discretion of ARIMD.


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14/04/2016

L’US Army modernise 117 Apache supplémentaires !


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Mesa en Arizona, l’avionneur Boeing a reçu une commande pour moderniser 117 hélicoptères d’attaque de type Boeing AH-64D « Apache » au nouveau standard AH-64E BlockIII. L'accord, qui comprend également l'acquisition de simulateurs et pièces de rechange est estimé à près de 1,5 milliards de dollars.

Actuellement l’Armée américaine, prévoit de se doter d’un total de 690 AH-64E « Apache », dont 290 sont maintenant sous contrat de modernisation.

Le Boeing AH-64 E BlockIII « Apache » :

L’AH-64E BlockIII «Apache» offre plusieurs améliorations, y compris une plus grande puissance en ce qui concerne la motorisation. Il est doté de nouvelles pales en composites. Il dispose d’une avionique et d’un système d’arme amélioré. L’appareil dispose d’une meilleure interopérabilité avec les systèmes aériens sans pilote (Drones) et ceci grâce à une mise en réseau du système (Net Centric Warfare). L’AH-64E comprend une nouvelle architecture de communication de type JTRS (Joint Tactical Radio System), de nouvelles commandes électriques, le nouveau radar de contrôle de tir Longbow Block III. L’appareil dispose également d’une capacité en réseau permettant une connectivité avec l’ensemble des moyens aérien et terrestre. Question maintenance, les systèmes permettent une diminution des charges notamment en engagement.

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US Army successfully tested IBCS air and missile defence system

The US Army has successfully tested the Integrated Air and Missile Defence (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS) on 8 April. The Northrop Grumman system managed to identify, track, engage and defeat ballistic and cruise missile targets, validating its ability to manage multiple threats.


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HASC Marks of Draft NDAA Support Army Commission Findings
Jen Judson, Defense News 7 p.m. EDT April 19, 2016



WASHINGTON — As House Armed Services Subcommittee marks of the fiscal 2017 defense policy bill rolled out on Capitol Hill Tuesday, support for the recommendations of the National Commission on the Future of the Army (NCFA) is evident throughout the proposed legislation.

The draft National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) also shows support in restoring some big cuts that the Army made to aviation modernization in its budget request.

The NCFA, in its report released in February, recommended the Army retain four AH-64 Apache battalions in the National Guard instead of transferring all Apaches to the active force as the Army proposed over two years ago. The Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee's mark would provide funding for additional UH-60M Black Hawks, LUH-72A Lakotas and Apaches in order for the four battalions in the Guard to keep Apaches.

Also in line with NCFA recommendations, the subcommittee would provide more funding to address modernization shortfalls in the National Guard and Reserve component equipment, which could help heal the rift between the active service and the Guard that grew deeper over the past few years as the components played tug-of-war over attack helicopters and other updated equipment.

The subcommittee also wants to plus up Black Hawks and Apache buys as part of multiyear procurement contracts in order to realize additional savings.

The Army’s $15.1 billion 2017 procurement request was $1.3 billion less than what was enacted in 2016, and lawmakers have already raised concern with the service over the deep cuts. Within modernization, Army aviation took the biggest hit.

The service asked for just 36 UH-60Ms, a drastic reduction to the 107 Black Hawks appropriated in 2016 and 24 fewer than it planned in 2016 to buy in 2017. The Army also requested 48 remanufactured AH-64Es, down from 64 aircraft in 2016. The service also asked for four additional Apaches within the Overseas Contingency Operations account.


The subcommittee also stresses the need to develop and field various important systems faster than planned and requests for several programs that the Army take a hard look at accelerating the process.

The bill seeks the rapid development and deployment of aircraft survivability equipment for helicopter and tactical aircraft and requests the Army look into ways to accelerate the development of the Improved Turbine Engine to replace current engines in Black Hawks and Apaches.

On the vehicles front, the subcommittee is encouraging a quicker and more streamlined approach to fielding vehicle active protection systems to address emerging threats.

The Army is already taking steps to test and integrate APS for vehicles, and subcommittee members acknowledge the “strategy will allow the Army to address the threats posed by the growing proliferation of anti-tank guided missiles and rocket-propelled grenades." The committee wants the Army to look into expediting APS development and fielding. The committee also wants to see the possibility of incorporating APS on more types of vehicles.

The committee supports the movement of funds as part of the European Reassurance Initiative that would allow the service to modernize and upgrade Abrams tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles as well.

As munitions are expended in great number in the fight against the Islamic State, subcommittee lawmakers are requiring the defense secretary to develop munition strategies for each combatant command in order to identify requirements and shortfalls.

Separately, the House Armed Services Strategic Forces subcommittee's mark is seeking a completely new review of the US missile defeat policy “with respect to left- and right-of-launch ballistic missile defense, the integration of offensive and defensive forces for the defeat of ballistic missiles and the cruise missile defense of the homeland."

Lawmakers also want to withhold 50 percent of 2017 funding for the Patriot lower-tier air and missile defense capability until the Army’s modernized Patriot radar would be interoperable with the ballistic missile defense system and other air and missile defense capabilities. Also, the Army chief and secretary would be required to determine whether the requirement to pursue a modernized radar is suitable for acquisition through an Army Rapid Capabilities office and would have to submit the terms of a competition for the radar that would ensure fair competition.

The Army is expected to a hold a competition for a new radar that would be incorporated into its Integrated Air and Missile Defense system in 2017. Congress has regularly withheld funding from the Patriot program as it continues to be dissatisfied with Army-provided details on its modernization strategy and cost of Patriot upgrades. The Army has yet to decide whether it upgrades the Patriot radar or buys a new state-of-the-art radar that provides 360-degree protection through a full competition.





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HASC Concerned with Army’s Patriot Radar Replacement Plan
Jen Judson, Defense News 7:18 p.m. EDT April 25, 2016


WASHINGTON — The House Armed Services Committee singled out, in a short summary of issues addressed in its defense policy bill, what it believes is a sluggish plan to field a new radar for the US Army's air and missile defense architecture that would replace the Patriot system’s radar.

The committee is so concerned with the Army's plan, or lack thereof, that it wants to withhold program office funding until the service develops a new plan to replace the Patriot radar system, according to the chairman’s mark of the fiscal 2017 bill.

“The Army strategy would delay fielding a new radar, despite high-technology readiness levels, until 2028; this means our warfighters will be deployed with a 58-year-old radar before they get a modernized capability,” the summary reads. “The current Army strategy is a case study in how a broken acquisition system results in unacceptable delays in providing the warfighter the technology they need, paced ahead of adversary threats.”

HASC lawmakers would withhold 50 percent of 2017 funding for the Patriot capability until the Army could show its modernized Patriot radar would be interoperable with the ballistic missile defense system and other air and missile defense capabilities. Also, the Army chief and secretary would be required to determine whether the requirement to pursue a modernized radar is suitable for acquisition through an Army Rapid Capabilities office and would have to submit the terms of a competition for the radar that would ensure fair competition, according to the HASC's Strategic Forces Subcommittee's mark released last week.





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USA will be sending HIMARS to Turkey’s border with Syria
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United States will be sending a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) to Turkey’s border with Syria.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on Monday confirmed reports that the United States will be sending a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) to Turkey’s border with Syria, which has been increasingly targeted by Daesh rocket attacks.

“We have come to an agreement with the US regarding closing down the Manbij area. Our strategy on the issue is set too. …HIMARS rockets will arrive on the Turkish border in May according to this agreement, and we will be able to hit Daesh targets more effectively,” the Turkish FM said.

In recent weeks the Turkish border province of Kilis has been hit by multiple rocket attack from Daesh-held areas in Syria, killing several civilians.

Turkish military retaliated with artillery fire on Daesh positions determined by surveillance drones.

The M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) is a U.S. light multiple rocket launcher mounted on a standard Army Medium Tactical Vehicle (MTV) truck frame.

The HIMARS carries six rockets or one MGM-140 ATACMS missile on the U.S. Army’s new Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) five-ton truck, and can launch the entire Multiple Launch Rocket System Family of Munitions (MFOM). HIMARS is interchangeable with the MLRS M270A1, carrying half the rocket load.




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Army Conceptualizing Framework For UAS ‘Ecosystem’
Jen Judson, Defense News 8:54 a.m. EDT April 26, 2016






WASHINGTON — The Army is conceptualizing an “ecosystem” framework tying all future unmanned aircraft systems together on the battlefield, according to the service’s Training and Doctrine Command capability manager for UAS.

A draft document outlining initial capabilities that establishes what is needed for a family of UAS in the 2020 to 2035 time frame and beyond is circulating through the Army staff, Col. Thomas von Eschenbach told Defense News.

A key piece of the capabilities document would establish what the service is calling “a scalable control interface” that simplifies the coordination of UAS on the battlefield and is easy to use. Most Army UAS types have separate control stations.

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BAE Systems will convert 36 M88A1 recovery vehicles of US army to M88A2 standard.
The U.S. Army has awarded BAE Systems a contract modification worth $109.7 million to convert 36 M88A1 recovery vehicles to the M88A2 Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Lift Evacuation Systems (HERCULES) configuration. The conversions allow the M88A2s to recover the Army's heaviest vehicles, such as tanks, without the assistance of another vehicle.




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US Army has tested new air defense system IFPC Inc 2-I Multi Mission Launcher

A series of tests here is demonstrating the capabilities of a new air defense system in development by the U.S. Army. The Integrated Fire Protection Capability Increment 2-Intercept, IFPC Inc 2-I, is a defense system in development to protect Soldiers from aircraft, cruise missiles, and unmanned aerial systems, as well as artillery weapons like cannons, rockets and mortars.




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Comtech to support US Army's Blue Force Tracking programme


27 April 2016
Comtech Telecommunications has been granted $20m in funding to support the US Army's Blue Force Tracking (BFT-1) programme.

BFT-1 systems locate friendly military forces, and can also send and receive text and image messages.

Funding was provided as part of a three-year BFT-1 sustainment contract and related intellectual property licence agreement.

Nearly 50% of the funding will be used to license parts of the company's BFT-1 intellectual property, while the remainder is allocated for engineering services and satellite network operations.

Comtech Telecommunications president and CEO Dr. Stanton Sloane said: "We are pleased that Comtech and the US Army will continue to work together to sustain this critical worldwide military communications system.
The receipt of these contracts further demonstrates the ongoing importance of the US Army's BFT-1 satellite tracking communication system."

The company's sustainment contract and related BFT-1 intellectual property license agreement were first awarded in April 2014.

The deals with a combined not-to-exceed value of $71.2m have received close to $69.3m in total funding.

Comtech designs, develops, produces and markets innovative products, systems and services for advanced communications solutions.

The company serves a diverse customer base in the global commercial and government communications markets.



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NIE to Decide Fate of Mid-Tier Vehicular Network
Jen Judson, Defense News 11:52 a.m. EDT April 28, 2016




FORT BLISS, Texas — The Network Integration Evaluation slated to start Monday will decide the fate of the mid-tier vehicular network.

“The vice chief [of the Army] directed an assessment of the network to see if there is a need for the mid-tier network,” Capt. Justin Seehusen, the assistant program manager for the Mid-Tier Networking Vehicular Radio (MNVR), told Defense News on Tuesday, just prior to the NIE’s start.

The MNVR connects the HMS family of radios — mostly dismounted, hand-held units that push voice communications and data — to battalion and brigade Tactical Operations Centers so that colonels and generals can get line-of-site data from the radios, according to Seehusen.

Right now the radio exists only in the test community, with units at NIE, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, and other test sites.

The radio should be able to provide the capability for commanders to see what’s happening on the battlefield in satellite communications-denied environments, Seehusen said.

At the NIE, satellite communications will be shut off. If all goes well, the data will be pushed seamlessly through the mid-tier network instead.

The Joint Battle Command-Platform, the Army’s networked battle command information system that shows units, in near real-time, where friendly and enemy forces are on the battlefield through maps, graphics and messages, will support the MNVR testing at NIE.

Normally the JBC-P uses the Blue Force tracking network through a satellite transceiver to send information to the platform, but the satellite connectivity will be shut down and automatically connect to the MNVR.

The capability has been tested once before, and it was deemed highly successful. The soldiers didn’t know they’d lost the satellite save the indication on the top of the platform’s screen that goes red when satellite communications go out. The JBC-P continued to function just as it had before with full connectivity.

The program office is looking for soldier feedback at the NIE through the form of an after-action survey on how the MNVR handled data and how that affected soldiers’ ability to fight.

The Brigade Modernization Command will then make an assessment and issue a report on how well MNVR performed, which will inform fielding decisions that could be anything from killing the program to deciding how many should get fielded and who should get the capability to recommending more units be procured than originally planned.

Other radio fielding strategies have changed dramatically following an NIE. It was decided, for instance, that the Army really only needs one-third of the radios it originally planned to buy. The Army wanted every soldier to have one of the hand-held radios, but the soldiers using the radio at the NIE realized, for the most part, they were always close enough to their unit leader that a radio was unnecessary, according to Brigade Modernization Command commander Brig. Gen. Terry McKerrick.


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Counter-Drone Prototype Put to Test at Army NIE
Jen Judson, Defense News 8:25 a.m. EDT April 28, 2016





FORT BLISS, Texas — A prototype to counter unmanned aircraft systems (C-UAS) using capabilities already in the Army inventory is now being put to the test at the service’s Network Integration Evaluation (NIE).

The NIE is a soldier-led evaluation that assesses how to integrate programs of record into and progress the Army’s tactical network. The evaluation, set to take place at Fort Bliss, Texas, over two weeks starting at the beginning of May, includes testing how well the C-UAS Mobile Integrated Capability (CMIC) works within the network and how it fares in the hands of soldiers.

The Army acknowledges the UAS threat will only grow as the systems become increasingly affordable and can be obtained through a few simple clicks on the Internet.

“We see that as kind of a poor man’s air force,” Michael Cochran, the Fires liaison officer at Fort Bliss, told Defense News April 26 as the NIE prepared to kick off.

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BAE Systems to convert US Army's M88 recovery vehicles fleet

BAE Systems has secured a $109.7m contract to convert M88 recovery vehicles for the US Army.

The company will convert 36 M88A1 recovery vehicles to the M88A2 heavy equipment recovery combat utility lift evacuation systems (HERCULES) configuration.

Expected to begin in August, work under the contract will be carried out primarily at the company's facilities in York, Pennsylvania, and Aiken, South Carolina, US.

Deliveries will begin in November 2017 and continue through August 2018.

Following conversions, the M88A2s will be able to recover the army's heaviest vehicles, such as tanks, without the assistance of another vehicle.

BAE Systems recovery programmes director John Tile said: "The HERCULES is an integral part of the Army's Armored Brigade Combat Team and is essential to its recovery missions.

"The ability to provide single-vehicle recovery for even the heaviest vehicles in today's fleet increases troop safety and provides significant cost savings to the army."


The HERCULES is said to be the only vehicle able to recover the M1 Abrams tank and vehicles used by armoured brigade combat teams in the field.

The M88 has to be upgraded as the combat vehicles become heavier.

Earlier this month, BAE Systems secured a £15.5m contract from the US Department of Defense (DoD) to manufacture and deliver Archerfish mine neutralisers.

Archerfish is a remotely-controlled underwater vehicle equipped with an explosive warhead to destroy sea mines.

It is said to provide significant time and logistical advantages over remotely operated mine-disposal systems.


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US Army Pacific receives AH-64s re-assigned under Aviation Restructure Initiative

Daniel Wasserbly, Washington, DC - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
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A US Army Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB) in Hawaii has received its AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopters from various National Guard units as the active duty force implements its Aviation Restructure Initiative (ARI).

The controversial ARI, opposed by the National Guard for not wanting to lose its air combat capability, appears to be moving ahead at least in part after a National Commission on the Future of the Army (NCFA) found the plan to be mostly sound - although the NCFA proposed some similar alternatives that the army is now studying.

For now, the 2-6 Cavalry Squadron, 25th CAB Combat Aviation Brigade, at Wheeler Army Airfield in Hawaii received its AH-64Ds under the ARI "to fill the mission capability gap left by the retirement of the [Bell Helicopter] OH-58D Kiowa [Warrior]" armed reconnaissance helicopter, US Army Pacific said in a 27 April report.

"The squadron received 24 airframes and will increase its operational abilities by adding eight RQ-7B Shadow v2 unmanned aerial vehicles [UAVs] to compliment the reconnaissance and combat abilities of the Apache," it said.

A key element of the ARI, put forth in the service's fiscal year 2015 budget proposal, is for the National Guard to transfer all its AH-64s to the active component but retain its Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk utility helicopters, Boeing CH-47 Chinook cargo helicopters, and EADS North America UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopters. The Guard would also receive an additional 111 active-component UH-60s to enhance its medevac and lift capabilities.

The restructuring also divests all of the army's single-engine rotary-wing aircraft, which encompasses the OH-58 and the Bell TH-67 Creek trainer fleets, and all army aviators would be trained on the twin-engine UH-72A. The AH-64, teamed with UAVs, is to replace the OH-58 as an armed aerial scout.

"Planning for the aircraft transfer and replacement of the Kiowa took over a year," the army said.




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Perkins: Army Aviation Aligns Exactly With Future Army Operating Concept
Jen Judson, Defense News 10:29 a.m. EDT April 29, 2016



ATLANTA — Army aviation aligns exactly with how the Army expects to operate in the future as outlined in its operating concept, the US Army’s Training and Doctrine Command commander said, highlighting the important role Army aviation will continue to play down the road.

Speaking at the Aviation Association of America’s Mission Solutions Summit on Friday, Gen. David Perkins described the world as increasingly complex, full of unknowns and unpredictable, but said the Army will be guided by several principles in order to be successful in future conflicts.

Perkins used a slide to outline those principles of how to “Win in a Complex World,” which is also the title of the Army’s operating concept released in 2014. He said the Army has to be able to maneuver from multiple locations and domains. The Army also wants to present multiple dilemmas to the enemy, so the enemy is unable to adapt.

Additionally, he said, the service must remain mutually supporting despite it's dispersal over large areas. Finally, the Army wants to be able to give commanders multiple options, which puts them in a position of advantage.

When Perkins switched the slide, a diagram and list of principles appeared with a change of title: “Army Aviation.”

Perkins discussed how the Army could follow the principles of the operating concept, saying: “The good news is I think we figured it out. In fact it’s called Army aviation.”

This is a “quintessential definition of Army aviation,” he said.

Army aviation covers all domains, connects ground forces in areas over a large theater, presents multiple dilemmas to the enemy and provides multiple options for the commander, Perkins said.

Perkins acknowledged this isn’t new for Army aviation, but now, through the concept, its mission is clear.




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Army Aviation Has a Weight Problem
Jen Judson, Defense News 7:44 p.m. EDT April 29, 2016



ATLANTA — Army aviation has a weight problem and it’s growing, Maj. Gen. William Gayler, the service’s new Army Aviation Center of Excellence commander at Fort Rucker, Ala., said Friday at the Aviation Association of America’s Mission Solutions Summit.

“We’ve been growing and gaining weight for all the rights reasons,” Gayler said. “every new technology, everything designed to protect a crew or its passengers, but we‘ve given maneuverability at the objective away. We’ve given away payload, we’ve given away ammo, we are limiting options to a commander, we are not giving options. We do give options if the weather’s right but if the weather’s not right, we can’t give options,” he lamented.

While Gen. David Perkins, the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command commander, said Army aviation is the epitome of meeting the service’s operating concept, Gayler warned if things don’t go a different direction, the aviation branch may not meet the requirements laid out in the concept.




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AeroVironment begins US Army's Switchblade Block 10C production


AeroVironment has started producing a Switchblade tactical missile system upgrade to address the US Army's lethal miniature aerial missile system (LMAMS) capability.

Known as Block 10C, the upgrade incorporates AeroVironment Digital Data Link (DDL) for improved communication security.

According to AeroVironment, the DDL provides a stable, encrypted communication link that enables more efficient use of existing frequency bands, thus reducing the chance of signal interception.

The Switchblade Block 10C will enhance soldiers' capabilities in the field through encrypted operation and improved army-wide frequency de-confliction and management.

AeroVironment unmanned aircraft systems business segment vice-president and general manager Kirk Flittie said: "The new Switchblade Block 10C is the result of close collaboration between our US Army customer and the AeroVironment team.


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Army Resurrects BORES To Solve DVE Problem
Jen Judson, Defense News 11:08 p.m. EDT May 1, 2016



ATLANTA — After several years of stressing the importance of finding a solution for pilots that have to fly through blinding clouds of sand at past Aviation Association of America summits, the Army appears to truly be moving forward incrementally with a way to solve the serious problem.

Brownouts -- also referred to as Degraded Visual Environments -- have cost the Army many lives and over $1 billion in aircraft damage from crashes that have occurred in 15 years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Two years ago the Army was talking about a program called the Brownout Rotorcraft Enhancement System (BORES) as a possible materiel solution, but at that time the Army had to back off efforts like BORES to deal with a tight overall aviation budget caused by sequestration.

Brig. Gen. Bob Marion, the Army’s aviation program executive officer, said he had just taken the job when the Army decided to walk back on BORES. “We were going to continue to modernize flight controls, we were going to continue to modernize symbology across our modernized aircraft and that was how we were going to get after the DVE challenge,” he said at the AAAA’s Mission Solutions Summit on Saturday.

“Given our current funding situation,” two years ago when he assumed his position, “it was unaffordable to try to do that in the near term, so we were going to do that when we got to [Future Vertical Lift] in the long term. In the meantime, the Army would adjust doctrine, tactics, techniques and procedures and training plans to try to deal with the DVE problem.


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rmy Special Ops Mulls What’s Next After Little Bird
Jen Judson, Defense News 10:37 p.m. EDT May 1, 2016

ATLANTA — The Army’s Special Operations Command owns some of the most impressive military capability in existence, but even the most impressive stuff has a shelf life, so the command is starting to look at replacing its urban, nimble “street fighter” helicopter.

Maj. Gen. Clayton Hutmacher, the deputy commander of US Army Special Operations, said at the Aviation Association of America’s Mission Solutions Summit Saturday that replacing the MH-6 Little Bird light assault helicopter won’t be easy for a variety of reasons.

“It really comes down to money for us,” Hutmacher said. “If it’s Army common, it’s paid for under … Army dollars, so if we get a Black Hawk from the Army, Army pays for that. What we do to it after we get it, SOCOM pays for that.”

The Army has the luxury of economy-of-scale, according to Hutmacher. The service is able to buy a lot of equipment and drive the price per unit down. “Special operations doesn’t have that luxury.”

When Special Operations needs to replace its Little Bird -- which amounts to about 70 helicopters including spares -- going it alone to buy such a small amount wouldn’t be affordable when up-front development costs are factored in, Hutmacher explained.

The Army has no Little Birds in its inventory and does not have a need to procure them based on its current roles and operating concept.

For what Special Operations lacks in budget, it makes up for in agility, being able to procure, beef up what it’s given and get it out into the field quickly, Hutmacher added.

For now, the command is upgrading the Little Bird with a Block III configuration that will expand the service life of the aircraft to 2020 and beyond. But, Hutmacher said, “my personal opinion on this though is that we are probably reaching the point where we need to look at a new airplane after Block III.”

It will be critical he said to “preserve capability we get out of Little Bird,” he said, and trades can’t be made in its size.

Hutmacher hearkened back to the Little Bird’s use in the Battle of Mogadishu in 1993 where “we landed in the street. We land in streets all the time.”

The Little Bird’s rotor diameter, he noted, is 27 feet and three inches and the UH-60 Black Hawk’s is nearly double that.

“I don’t know if it’s realistic to stay in that footprint, but we’ve got to stay well below the footprint of a Black Hawk,” Hutmacher said.

But there are problems with the Little Bird, he noted. For one, the aircraft is so small it has limited range and is even more limited if it is carrying a full complement of special forces. “That drives our basing,” he said.

Referring back to Mogadishu, Hutmacher said the Little Bird had to be flown in and out of the airport, which meant the enemy had eyes on them all the time.

“I think when we take a look at a future Little Bird, what we want to do is improve our ability to stand off farther from a target, that makes it easy for us to maintain the element of surprise and it makes the problem set even more difficult,” Hutmacher said. “The farther away we are, the farther it is for them to defend against us and operational security and maintain tactical surprise is easier.”

The Little Bird is also slow. Typically its speed is about 80 knots and could potentially be pushed to 100 knots. “The future of Little Bird should have airspeed, [it] should be a significant factor in how we approach it.”

And if the Little Bird can be faster, it could allow for changes in the requirement that it must fit into a C-130 aircraft. “If we are able to get a Little Bird replacement with speeds, I would say, 200 knots or greater, now I think, my personal opinion is, we can move away from a C-130 load requirement because we are flying as fast as a C-130,” Hutmacher said. The operators would have more flexibility if it could be transported using a C-17, he added.

Even with his wish list for the aircraft, Hutmacher acknowledged “fiscally it’s not achievable by ourselves and the Army has got different requirements than SOCOM. What we have to do is we have to work with the Army," he said, "and be willing to compromise."

Aside from traditional budgetary and acquisition woes, the Little Bird’s replacement could be hindered even further by a few things the Army is pursuing that works against Special Operations requirements for a new helicopter. For one, the service retired its Kiowa Warrior helicopter, an aircraft sized between the Little Bird and the Black Hawk.

The Army is also leaning heavily toward replacing its medium-lift aircraft first when it starts building a Future Vertical Lift aircraft expected to start fielding in the 2030s.

http://www.defensenews.com/story/defense/show-daily/aaaa/2016/05/01/army-special-ops-mulls-whats-next-after-little-bird/83809068/

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Army Spy Plane Deploys To SOUTHCOM, AFRICOM
Jen Judson, Defense News 6:02 p.m. EDT April 30, 2016


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The Army completely re-worked its tumultuous spy plane program and is now expected to save the service about $216 million across the fleet compared to the cost of the original plan.

The EMARSS program has been rocky, coming close to cancellation when the service announced in 2011 it would build only four aircraft. The program was resurrected when the Army decided to build 24 of the spy planes using Hawker Beechcraft King Air 350ERs.

The Army suffered major delays in building the first four engineering and manufacturing development aircraft and had cost overruns so serious the Army was assessing the possibility of using Air Force Liberty planes to meet its ISR aircraft needs, a proposed move previously rejected by both the Army and Air Force.

The Army came out with a solution that falls into middle ground and has chosen to procure 24 EMARSS aircraft using existing sensors and aircraft. That includes taking some of the Air Force’s Liberty aircraft for the program.

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The Soldiers of 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade received their AH-64D Apache Longbow Attack Helicopters this week from National Guard units across the country.

The airframes are being transferred from the National Guard to the active duty Army as part of the Aviation Restructure Initiative in an effort to cut costs in Army Aviation and to fill the mission capability gap left by the retirement of the OH-58D Kiowa Reconnaissance Helicopter.

“The Apaches will primarily be used as a reconnaissance platform,” said Maj. Ian H. Benson, Operations Officer, 2-6th Cav. Rgt. “However, with the inherent firepower of the aircraft, Apaches will serve as a combat multiplier to any supported ground force commander.”

“The Apache provides greater lethality and accuracy with the increased firepower that it provides,” said Maj. Jacob Johnston, Executive Officer, 2-6 Cav. Rgt. “Additionally, the sensor package on the AH-64D provides greatly enhance optical clarity and subsequently better situational awareness for the aircrews and the ground force commander.”

The squadron received 24 airframes and will increase its operational abilities by adding eight RQ-7B Shadow v2 unmanned aerial vehicles to complement the reconnaissance and combat abilities of the Apache.

“The Apache is capable of deploying with a single nose mounted 30mm M230E1 Chain Gun, AGM-114 Hellfire anti-tank missiles, and Hydra 70 general-purpose unguided 70mm rockets,” said Johnston. “These weapon systems, combined with the Target Acquisition Data System and the Fire Control Radar, make the Apache an extremely adept fighter.”

“The Apache increases the lethality and the capability of the squadron to support ground elements within the 25th Infantry Division,” said Benson.

Planning for the aircraft transfer and replacement of the Kiowa took over a year. As of April 27 however, training for 2-6 Cavalry with their new airframes has commenced.

“We train to crew, team, platoon, and troop levels of gunnery proficiency,” said Johnston. “We project we will be fully mission capable by summer 2017. However, we expect we will be able to support live-fire exercises with supported ground units as early as October 2016.”

The ability to train on Oahu with infantry Soldiers on the ground in live-fire exercises helps to ensure that 25th ID Soldiers and the pilots above are capable of working hand in hand in the event of a contingency mission in the Pacific.

“We are able to train with the 30mm chain-gun and 70mm rockets here on the island,” said Johnston. “This capability will ensure we’re ready to fight with a trained and prepared force throughout the Pacific as needed.”



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Use of US Army, Contract Aircraft Maintainers Out of Whack
Jen Judson, Defense News 2:18 p.m. EDT May 2, 2016


ATLANTA — The US Army wants to find the right balance between when it uses soldier and contract maintainers for its fleet of aircraft, but right now the levels are “out of balance,” according to the new Army Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Management Command (AMCOM) leader.

“I think we are contractor heavy,” Brig. Gen. Doug Gabram said at the Army Aviation Association of America’s Mission Solutions Summit on Friday.

“I think we’ve lost the maintenance management skills of our soldiers,” Gabram said.

The reason for this is mainly due to deploying aviation units to Iraq and Afghanistan without resident soldier maintenance staff, Gabram explained. Contractors are used instead, which causes the ability for soldiers to maintain their own aircraft in a war zone to atrophy.

“I think contractors augment, but they don’t replace basic availability,” Gabram said. “We have to, within the Army, we have to get back to that balance and I think we are a little bit out of balance and we will do our part to do that.”

Brig. Gen. Bob Marion, the Army’s aviation program executive officer, explained at AAAA the reliance on contract maintenance has grown because of force management level requirements.

“We have restrictions on how many soldiers can actually deploy and so in many cases, not just maintenance, we’ve had contractors performing certain functions when we deploy, maintenance being one of them, because we had limitations on the number of soldiers we could have in theater,” Marion said. “So when we possibly could, we would use a contractor to perform specific functions and not take a soldier to do it.”

But now that the Army has had a chance to sit back and reflect on the outcomes of those decisions, Marion noted, and scaling back the use of contractors will be important in the future.

And leaving soldier maintainers — often called green-suit maintainers — back at home station “erodes the ability of our maintenance teams to have the real world experience of maintaining aircraft in a combat environment, plus it’s expensive to maintain a contractor work force in theater,” Marion said.

Relying too heavily on contractors is also incongruous to the Army Operating Concept that requires the Army to be more expeditionary.



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