May 25, 2018

Navy Seeks Software Captains – Now!

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You won’t be commanding a ship, the Navy wants to recruit the “scientific or technical” skills needed to wage cyber war and needs to bring in those software engineers at a captain’s grade. A six-figure salary, commensurate with civilian workers, is necessary to bring the skill needed into the military.

F-35 Flies Final SDD-Phase Test at Pax

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Three F-35 Lightning IIs have completed the most comprehensive flight test program in aviation history, Lockheed Martin officials said last week.

New Presidential Helicopter Fleet on Schedule

Presidential Helicopter Fleet

Sikorsky is four years into its $1.2 billion contract to replace the president’s helicopter fleet with its VH-92A in 2019.

DoD to Decentralize F-35 Program

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The letter to the Pentagon announcing plans to decentralize the F35 program office came from the newly reconfigured office of the undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment. Each service running its own program is a more traditional model.

F-22s Have a Failure to Communicate

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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-35 Costs Stabilized, says DoD

F-35 costs

The price of the most expensive weapon system in history, the F-35, has stabilized based on development and production costs. The DoD assessment does not figure in upcoming software upgrades.

Grosklags: Hypoxia Incidents on the Decline

hypoxia incidents

Senate Armed Services Committee members hear that the rate of hypoxia incidents in the Navy’s T-45 training jets has decreased in the past six months. The frequency of these episodes has dropped from its peak of more than three per month to about one per month.

Only Half of F-35s Available for Flight

F-35s Available for Flight

Of the 280 operational F-35s purchased by the US and international partners, only 51 percent are currently available for flight, according to the F-35 Joint Program Office.

F-35, Warthog About to Go Head to Head

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The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the A-10 Warthog are about to go head to head in comparison tests mandated by the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act. The F-35 has been heavily anticipated since its development began in the 1990s, but the A-10 has provided the Air Force with close air support since it entered service in 1976 and has developed a loyal fan base along the way.

The F-35 Adds International Sales, Supply-lines & Specs

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The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter advances into its international, operational life: Japan orders 20 more; Canada opens bids for operational maintenance contracts; Norway verifies its unique deceleration system for icy runways and windy conditions.