July 18, 2024

Lockheed Lays Off 740

job cut scissors

Job reductions hit the sensor unit, including 75 in the DC area, as defense giant tightens up.

Fire Scouts Deploy From Pax River to USS Klakring

fire scout klakring depart

Four unmanned helicopters set record for the most Fire Scouts deployed at one time.

Some Strikers Return to Lockheed

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter production

Lockheed says some machinists have returned to work at the Joint Strike Fighter plant.

Morning Coffee: Congressman Aims at F-35 Funding

F-35B JSF over Pax River

Rep. Atkin wants to withhold half of the F-35’s procurement spending unless the program issues a due date for operational capability.

Report: Fire Scout Not Meeting 30-Hour Reliability

Fire Scout on deck

Report also notes that the P-8A Poseidon program is eight weeks behind schedule.

Morning Coffee: House Tacks $4 Billion on Defense Bill

capitol hill

The bill is now $4 billion over the Pentagon’s request and $8 billion over what is permitted by the Budget Control Act.

Morning Coffee: Two Larger Fire Scouts Contracted

MQ-8C Fire Scout Model

NAVAIR contracts Northrop to produce two MQ-8Cs, which are based on a larger airframe.

Sea-Air-Space: The Fire Scout … Floats?

MQ-8B Fire Scout Model

It may have trouble landing at times, but the Fire Scout unmanned helicopter can apparently float until fished out of the water.

Morning Coffee: Navy Releases Details on Fire Scout Crashes

Statement says the incidents were unrelated.

Morning Coffee: Two Crashes Put Fire Scout on Pause

Fire Scout on deck

Fire Scout program is on an “operational pause” after crashes on March 30 and April 6.