January 16, 2019

Navy Plans Two Carriers, One Contract

Aircraft carriers

The Navy plans to commit $24 billion to buy two new Ford-class aircraft carriers under the same contract, a commitment that should save 5 to 10 percent over buying each carrier separately.

Boeing 737 Safety System Implicated in Crash

Boeing 737

Pilots repeatedly fought to override an automatic safety system installed in the Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane before the plane hurtled nose-first into the Java Sea.

JSF Helmet Bug Limits Night Carrier Landings to Experts

JSF Helmet

The Navy is getting closer to fixing the technical bug in the F-35 JSF helmet, which allows LED light to spill out and obliterate a pilot’s ability to see landing lights on carriers at night. But for now, only expert pilots can perform night landings.

Congress Says No F-35s to Turkey; Mattis Objects

F-35 to Turkey

The Senate and House move to prevent the sale of F-35s to Turkey, a move DefSec Mattis opposes.

Trump Calls for 6th Branch — Space Force

space force

President Donald Trump directed DoD to establish a military space force to add a sixth branch of the military.

VA Lawmakers Question Dahlgren/Indian Head Move

dahlgren indian head

Virginia lawmakers question Navy plans to move a specialized division from Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren, VA, to Indian Head, MD.

DoD Plans Multi-Year F-35 Buys in FY21

F-35 jets

DoD reveals plans multi-year F-35 buys for cost-savings and is looking to contract to buy nearly 2,000 F-35s starting in fiscal 2021, according to a Selected Acquisition Report released in late March.

Japan’s Air Force Deploys First F-35

Japan's Air Force

The Japanese air force has deployed its first operational F-35 at Misawa Air Base.

F-22s Conduct First US Airstrikes in Afghanistan

F-22

The first US warplanes in Afghanistan arrive soon after the US military and CIA come under international investigation for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan.

NAVAIR Hosts CH-53K Test Flight

CH-53K Test Flight

NAVAIR says the CH-53K King Stallion flew a 90-minute, first-of-its-kind, orientation test flight Nov. 7 at NAS Patuxent River for an Israeli Air Force official.