August 19, 2019

F-35 Flight Trials on British Carrier Now Complete

F-35 Flight Trials

The F-35 Pax River Integrated Test Force has finished its flight trials aboard the HMS Queen Elizabeth. Two F-35B jets, four test pilots, and nearly 200 personnel joined the carrier in late September.

Navy’s Newest Attack Submarine Joins Fleet

The Navy’s newest attack submarine, the USS Colorado, joined the fleet in a recent ceremony at Connecticut’s Naval Submarine Base. Navy Secretary Richard Spencer calls the submarine a “marvel of technology and innovation.”

Analyst: Space Corps ‘Not Dead at All’

Analyst: Space Corps 'Not Dead at All'

Though the defense policy bill passed by Congress won’t create a new branch of the military dedicated to space, it does make changes that lay the groundwork for a Space Corps to become a reality in the near future. One analyst says, “This issue is not dead at all.”

What’s Key to F-35’s Future?

Lower costs and international buyers are what the F-35 fighter jet needs to meet the number of aircraft the Pentagon can buy; $3.7 billion interim payment heading to Lockheed Martin for 50 F-35s earmarked for non-US customers.

UCLASS Won’t Have Deep Strike Capabilities

UCLASS

Morning Coffee is a robust blend of links to news around the internet concerning the Naval Air Station Patuxent River economic community. The opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of the Leader’s owners or staff. The Navy’s decision on its UCLASS capabilities may be narrowing. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus says the Navy UCLASS probably won’t possess autonomous deep strike capability, reports USNI. Two acquisition reform bills — one from the Senate one from the House — are progressing toward marriage or an “ugly collision,” reports the Hill. DefSec Ashton Cater announces two nominations: Adm. John Richardson,…