Morning Coffee: Hornet Tests IRST Sensor Pod

The crew of the F/A-18 Super Hornet carrying the Navy’s Infrared Search and Track (IRST), a long-wave infrared sensor system that searches for and detects heat sources within its field of regard, inspects the aircraft Feb. 11 before the maiden flight with the pod at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. (Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin)

A successful first test of the Hornet’s sensor pod promises to transform air-to-air operations, according to the US Navy.

House Approves Spending Bill

capitol hill winter

The House of Representatives passed the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill and it now moves to the Senate for its consideration.

Hill Debates FY14 Defense Budget

Pentagon Capitol

The 2014 defense bill must pass by Dec. 12 to avoid a $50 billion cut hitting the Pentagon mid-January.

Could the JSF Go Unmanned?

jsf in hangar

The U.S. Naval Institute speculates that the F-35′s computer could fly itself.

Morning Coffee: Navy Kicks Off the Search for Next Fighter

FA-XX concept

The Navy releases a request for information about the generation beyond the Joint Strike Fighter.

Twilight of the Super Bug

F/A-18F Super Hornet photo courtesy of Boeing.

Capt. Morely speaks on winding down the F-18 program … or not.

Morning Coffee

A morning roundup of news from Pax River, NAVAIR, the Pentagon and beyond.