November 20, 2017

Competition Grows for Attack Aircraft

Attack Aircraft

There has been interest in the past few years in fleet replacements for the Joint Strike Fighter. The number of ongoing or potential competitions for fighters, bombers, and attack aircraft is 54 worldwide.

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.

Lockheed Hits JSF Target

f-35

Despite an up and down year, Lockheed delivered 36 F-35s to the Pentagon, making its 2014 target and retaining its sterling investment reputation into the future.

Morning Coffee: Pentagon Cuts 8 JSFs

Sources report the Pentagon will cut 8 F-35s from the FY15 budget and the White House will seek a $36 billion DoD plus-up in the FY16. Budget expert calls out-year projections “fiction.”

Morning Coffee: Gen-3 JSF Helmet on Track

F-35 JSF helmet

Fixes to the Gen-2 helmet gained credence during tests last year with a surrogate aircraft flying from St. Mary’s Regional Airport close to NAS:PAX, the resulting Gen-3 is slated for testing this year.

Morning Coffee: F-35C Passes Tailhook Tests

The Navy’s F-35C, the most likely JSF variant to be cut, passed 36 roll-in arrestment tests in January at Lakehurst.

Morning Coffee: Nuclear Cheating Expands to Navy

Adm. John Richardson, director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, said of 16,000 sailors in the program, less than one percent are involved, and no students.

Morning Coffee: Sikorsky’s Future Debated

SH-60B Seahawk

The future of Sikorsky, America’s leading helicopter maker, is being evaluated by its parent company.

Morning Coffee: Navy Cryptologist Likely to Lead NSA

VADM Michael S. Rogers has long been seen as a likely candidate to lead NSA and the Pentagon’s cyberwarfare organization.

Morning Coffee: Blue Angels Open 20+ Billets

blue angels

The Blue Angels remain a revered public face of naval aviation, which alone among the services continues the F-35 cost debate even as developing future air warfare strategies.