April 26, 2019

Most F-35s Return to Flight

F-35

Most F-35s return to flight operations after fuel tubes were inspected. About 20 percent are still awaiting replacement tubes.

Navy Flight Instructors Offered New Career Path, Shoreside

Navy flight instructors

A new billet would allow Navy pilots and naval flight officers to remain in the Navy outside the traditional career path and normal sea/shore rotation. The changes address readiness and retention and allow officers to remain in the Navy later in their careers.

A New Nickname for the F-35A?

Nickname

The F-16 is called the Viper, the A-10 is the Warthog, the F-4 is the Rhino. It was just a matter of time before the F-35 Lightning II got a nickname.

F-22s Have a Failure to Communicate

F-22

What the F-22s have is a failure to communicate, with the F-35 and also the F-16 and other allied aircraft. The older fighter jet can receive communications, but cannot transmit its surveillance intelligence to the others.

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.

Progress Swift on JSF Takeoff, Landing Testing

F-35B

Progress has been quick on extensive preparations on board amphibious assault ships for short takeoffs and landings of the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter. This will ensure that the ships’ flight decks, sensors, and weapons systems can accommodate the first-ever deployment of the fighter jet set for 2018.

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.

DHS Testing Employee Phishing Smarts

Homeland Security employees are getting extra scrutiny to see if they are able to spot and reject phishing attempts.

Compass UAS Participates in Black Dart 2015

Compass Systems at Black Dart 2015

DoD’s live-fire, counter-UAS demonstrations at Magu Point included a UAS from Lexington Park, MD headquartered Compass Systems.

Iraq Airstrikes Ineffectual

Valiant Shield Harpoon

Islamic fighters hide in urban areas to elude the airstrikes and are succeeding in taking new territory.