October 4, 2023

JSF Heads to Sea


Welcome to Morning Coffee, a robust blend of links to news around the Internet concerning Naval Air Station Patuxent River, NAVAIR, the Pentagon and beyond. The Leader provides this link feature as a survey of the news affecting the local military economy. The opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of the Leader’s owners or staff.

F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter

STOVL F-35B is set for sea trials next week. F-35B’s operating date slips to 2015 (subscription required). Video: Marine aviation chief defends F-35B. Navy, Marines eying JSF money to keep Hornets flying. Weapons loaders learning on mock JSF (PDF).

Mark Cusic takes top spot in Admiral’s Open at Cedar Point Golf Course.

Pax Education Outreach Coordinator Kathy Glockner retires.

UCAS demonstrator tops 180 knots in pre-carrier testing.

Marines reducing V-22’s flight costs (subscription required).

GAO: Better identification, development, and oversight needed for personnel involved in acquiring services.

Unmanned choppers on display at Modern Day Marine expo.

DoD’s “Strategy must drive budget” talk is a stall tactic. Cohen: Budget cuts need not hobble military.

Tricare Prime customers face higher monthly fees.

Contracts: Raytheon gets $61.8 million for 60 more next-gen Sidewinder missiles; L-3 gets $35.9 million for 23,000 more bomb fuses; Neany gets $12 million to train surveillance balloon operators; Boeing gets $12 million for 26 Super Hornet targeting systems; Lockheed gets $8.2 million to fix “known obsolescence issues” on H-60 helos; and Northrop gets $7.5 million to sustain Fire Scout software.

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