June 1, 2020

Low-Key Celebration Marks VX-20 45th Anniversary

VX-20

Patuxent River’s Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 20 is celebrating its 45th anniversary this month.

Milestone for Navy’s CMV-22B Program

CMV-22B Milestone

The recent cross-country flight of the Navy’s new CMV-22B Carrier Onboard Delivery variant of the Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft was not only a milestone for the program, but also proved to be a perfect opportunity to demonstrate the effective fusion of development and operational test in a real-world environment.

Where Are the Most 6-Figure-Salary Jobs in the US?

6-Figure-Salary Jobs

Software company Volusion compiled a list of places in the US with the most six-figure incomes. Is our region on the list?

New Leadership for Strike Planning and Execution Systems at Pax

Strike Planning

CAPT Sam Messer is the new program manager for the Strike Planning and Execution Systems program office at NAS Patuxent River. The change of command ceremony took place Jan. 30.

More Deployments as Tensions Remain High in Middle East

Deployments

Thousands more troops are preparing to be deployed to the Middle East amid heightened tensions with Iran, since the killing of Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani in a recent airstrike near Baghdad.

With NAVAIR Help, CH-53K Engine Problems Fixed

NAVAIR CH-53K King Stallion

With the help of engineers from the Naval Air Systems Command, Sikorsky has solved its CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift helicopter’s gas re-ingestion problem.

Night-Refueling Tests for F-35 Completed

F-35

The F-35 Lightning II program completes testing on an improved lighting assembly with the KC-135 that will enable F-35 variants to refuel behind the tanker at night.

Central Control Elusive for Navy’s Unmanned Systems

UAS Squadron

The increasingly diverse portfolio of the Navy’s unmanned systems is creating a jumble of control systems and creating problems for a force that hopes robot ships, aircraft, and submarines will help it regain a significant advantage over rivals China and Russia.

Lawmakers Want Large-Scale DoD Cyber Exercise

DoD cyber workers

Congress is requiring the Department of Defense to conduct a large-scale exercise gaming response to a national cyber incident.

F-35s, F-16s Boost Foreign Military Sales

F-35

The US is expected to deliver $61.4 billion in foreign military sales by the end of the fiscal year, compared to $41.9 billion last year. Some of the big ticket pending sales include 34 F-35s to Belgium for $6.5 billion, 14 F-16s to Slovakia at a cost of $2.9 billion, and six C-130 aircraft to Germany at a cost of $1.4 billion.