November 20, 2017

Navy Receives First New Triton Drone

Triton

The Navy’s first Triton drone is set to meet early operational capability in 2018, with initial operational capability slated for 2021.

GAO: F-35 Plagued With Problems

GAO Report F-35

A Government Accountability Office report says DoD’s new fleet of F-35 Lightning IIs is experiencing spare parts shortages and other sustainment problems that are hurting the readiness of the fighter jets.

Navy Eliminates Office Overseeing Warfare UAVs

Triton

The Navy’s Office of Unmanned Warfare Systems has been eliminated, and its functions are being distributed to other offices. OPNAV N99 was set up less than two years ago to oversee the warfare development of UAVs by then-NavSec Ray Mabus.

New US Challenge: Dealing With N. Korea

North Korea missile launch

North Korea’s latest nuclear test was the biggest recorded detonation since the country began underground testing in 2006. Analysts say this is a key step toward developing missile capable of reaching the US mainland.

Hypoxia Nagging Safety Problem in Some Aircraft

Pilots in F/A-18 Hornet variants and EA-18G Growler aircraft may be vulnerable to hypoxia-like symptoms.

Searching the Bay for Sunken Aircraft

sunken aircraft at Pax River

The search for sunken aircraft from NAS Patuxent River continues in the Chesapeake Bay.

Aging Aircraft Forces Trips to the ‘Boneyard’

Lives for older aircraft are being stretched as waits have lengthened for delivery of the F-35 series.

Showtime at Farnborough: T-100, UCAVs, F-35

Lots to look at at Farnborough, from trainers to fighters, to unmanned combat aerial vehicles.

Obama: Troops Will Remain in Afghanistan

New realities lead to the president’s decision to leave a force in Afghanistan.

Infrastructure Moves Up on HASC Budget List

After years of shifting infrastructure dollars to acquisitions, the House Armed Services Committee looks ready to pony up for bricks and mortar.