The deputy commander of the United States Pacific Command has suggested that the United States Army must utilize innovative aircrafts with increased speed, range, as well as survivability than is currently attainable with today’s helicopter offerings. Lt Gen Tony Crutchfield has said that the long distances across the Pacific Ocean are a challenge for the current generation of army rotorcraft, specifically the UH-60 Black Hawk, AH-6 Little Bird, AH-64 Apache, as well as the CH-47 Chinook. All of these rotorcrafts were adopted in the last century. The proliferation of anti-aircraft weaponry has also posed as a challenge to these existing rotorcrafts.


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The United States Army has awarded defense contractor Lockheed Martin a contract worth $85 million to supply them with more AN/TPQ-53s, a counter-fire target acquisition radar. The contract specifies that Lockheed Martin will supply the Army with seven additional units. This will add to the order they received in June of this year, calling for an upgrade to nineteen of the Q-53 radars.


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Honeywell Aerospace has secured a contract from the U.S. Army and was awarded $41 million to continue supplying its combat-proven radar altimeters for use across the Army's full fleet of helicopter platforms. Claimed to be one of smallest, lightest, and most proven altimeters in the market, the APN-209 provides the pilot and flight control computer with an indication of height above the nearest terrain point below the aircraft, such as a tower or building. This information ensures that the pilot and crew have the most accurate information about the landscape around their helicopter. Honeywell's lightweight, compact APN-209 radar altimeter is a critical piece of safety and awareness equipment designed to work well in a helicopter's operating environment, specifically in the hover phase and low-level flight.


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The US Army has awarded a contract modification to BAE Systems to continue the production of lightweight torso and side body armor that protects soldiers while reducing their carrying load. Hard and soft body armor solutions have been a mainframe of BAE’s core business for close to 15 years.


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