September 25, 2017

New Roles on Horizon for F-35

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The US Air Force might deploy the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to the Baltics for an air-policing role once the new stealth aircraft becomes operational later this year. The new fighter is to enter service with the Air Force with an interim software capability that offers limited combat capability.

Must-See Aviation Event Underway

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The year’s biggest aviation event is underway in the United Kingdom at Farnborough International Air Show. The biggest names in aviation, rising unmanned aerial systems, emerging plane makers and hardware displays fill the week.

DepDefSec Work Expected at UK Air Show

While the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is expected to dominate much of the news coming out of the upcoming Farnborough Air Show, the appearance of US Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work is adding what Breaking Defense is calling “a boost in firepower for the air show.” Reports are that he will discuss his Third Offset Strategy in closed-door meetings while he is in the United Kingdom.

Triton UAS Demonstrates Key Capabilities

East Coast Drone Hub Lands in Mayport

The US Navy’s MQ-4C Triton UAS, in flight, demonstrates two key capabilities: exchanging full motion video feedback with the P-8A Poseidon using a common data link, and creating ate situational awareness for P-8 aircrew by tracking a target with its electro-optical/infrared digital camera.

Move to Put Drones at Wallops Gains New Support

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The Accomack County, VA, joins lobbying efforts to locate the Navy still-under-development MQ-4C Triton drone program at the Wallops Flight Facility. Two other sites under consideration are in Jacksonville, FL, and Key West, FL.

Firms Sought for Md. Delegation to UK Airshow

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Aerospace companies looking to expand into the global marketplace are invited to join the Md. Department of Commerce and travel to the UK for the Farnborough International Airshow in July.

Do Military Cuts Cause Helicopter Crashes?

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Increasing helicopter crashes at home-base training exercises is linked less in-flight training opportunities for “bench ready” troops.