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June 10, 2022 | International, Land

After Rheinmetall bid for Oto Melara, Italian government awaits Fincantieri's move

'€œWe will wait for September for a Fincantieri offer, we want to have the entire picture,'€ a government source in Rome said.

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  • 3-D printer keeps F-35B flying during USS Wasp deployment

    April 24, 2018 | International, Naval

    3-D printer keeps F-35B flying during USS Wasp deployment

    MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan — State-of-the-art parts fabrication is keeping America's most advanced stealth fighter in the air during its first deployment aboard the USS Wasp. When a plastic bumper for a landing-gear door wore out this month on an F-35B Lightning II embarked on the amphibious assault ship, a 3-D printer was used to whip up a new one. The Iwakuni-based jet from Fighter Attack Squadron 121 later flew successfully with the new part, a Marine statement said. Called “additive manufacturing,” the process from Naval Air Systems Command allowed the Marines of Combat Logistics Battalion 31 to create the new bumper and get it approved for use within days, the statement said. Otherwise, they would have had to replace the entire door assembly, which is expensive and time consuming. “While afloat, our motto is ‘fix it forward,'” Chief Warrant Officer 2 Daniel Rodriguez, CLB-31's maintenance officer, said in the statement. “3-D printing is a great tool to make that happen.” The Navy said parts created using the 3-D printer are only a temporary fix, but it kept the jet from being grounded while waiting for a replacement from the United States. Lt. Col Richard Rusnok, commander of VMFA-121, lauded the use of the new technology. “Although our supply personnel and logisticians do an outstanding job getting us parts, being able to rapidly make our own parts is a huge advantage as it cuts down our footprint thus making us more agile in a shipboard or expeditionary environment,” he said in the statement. Marine Sgt. Adrian Willis, a computer and telephone technician who created the bumper, said he was thrilled to be involved in the process. “I think 3-D printing is definitely the future — it's absolutely the direction the Marine Corps needs to be going,” he said in the statement. The printer has been used multiple times during the patrol, the Navy said, including to create a lens cap for a camera on a small, unmanned ground vehicle used by an explosive ordnance disposal team. Templates for the parts will be uploaded to a Marine Corps-wide 3-D printing database to make them accessible to other units. Twitter: @bolingerj2004

  • The Army has outlined a technology wish list

    December 24, 2018 | International, C4ISR

    The Army has outlined a technology wish list

    By: Mark Pomerleau The Army is looking to expand industry partners and technologies in the next five years to inform its pilot multidomain task force. The task force will test new concepts the Army believes will be needed to fight future near-peer adversaries in areas such as long-range precision fires, cyber and electronic warfare. In a notice to industry Dec. 18, Army Pacific, which is running the pilot, is in the process of assessing the industrial base for state-of-the-art technologies that can enable the pilot. In the run up to joint exercises in the 2018-2021 time frame, Army Pacific wants to hear from industry how its solutions can provide enhanced or new capabilities to the multidomain experimentation plan. Specific solutions named in the notice include: Integrated joint/partner fires targeting (lethal and non-lethal); Long range cross-domain fires; Land-based anti-ship missile capabilities; Long range strike capabilities from air, surface and maritime platforms; Multidomain artillery; Integrated intelligence; Cyber and Electromagnetic Activities; Space effects at operational and tactical levels; Organic over-the-horizon surveillance and targeting (including elevated sensors and unmanned aerial systems); Integrated and layered (short, medium and long range) air and missile defense capabilities and low-cost effectors; Mobile and survivable sensors (active, passive, seismic, etc.); Camouflage, concealment and deception across multi-spectral; visual, infrared, cyber, active radio frequency, etc.; Multidomain common operating picture; Survivable UAS (point launch/recovery, low observable) with modular/multi-payload options: ISR, EW, SIGINT, Kinetic); Advanced logistics and sustainment; Assured Communications, PNT, on and offshore datalink transmission; Manned-Unmanned Teaming; and Development of agile leaders (human dimension).

  • Britain pledges over $3 billion for Ukraine military aid in 2024

    January 13, 2024 | International, Land

    Britain pledges over $3 billion for Ukraine military aid in 2024

    Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said London would stand by its support commitment to Ukraine, as some allies are facing political headwinds at home.

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