November 20, 2017

DefSec Wants Review Comparing F-35 & Hornet

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Defense Secretary James Mattis is calling for a review that compares the F-35C and F/A-18E/F operational capabilities and assesses the extent that F/A-18E/F improvements (an advanced Super Hornet) can be made in order to provide “competitive, cost effective, fighter aircraft alternative.”

Super Hornet Is No F-35, CNO Richardson Says

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Responding to President-elect Donald Trump’s suggestion the F/A-18 Super Hornet could compete with the F-35, Chief of Naval Operations says F-35 is “on a completely different level.”

Semper Fi, But Not With A Smart Phone

Smart phone technology is great, but not when you’re hiding from the enemy on a battlefield.

Carter Remakes Silicon Valley Liaison Team

DefSec Carter shakes up DoD Silicon Valley tech office with a new organizational chart and casting change.

Warplanes Lead Navy & Marine Wish Lists

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A couple more F-35s and 14 more Super Hornets are on the Navy’s unfunded priority list.

Stealth: Not a Single Technology

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Stealth is not a single technology, but a group of aligned disciplines.

F/A-18E/F Begins Integrating Payload @ Pax

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The T&E team at Pax prepares to integrate Long Range Anti-Ship Missiles with the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet; airworthiness flights start next month.

Morning Coffee: Blue Angels Open 20+ Billets

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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.

VA Tech Wins UAS Test Siting, Could Boost Pax Sites

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Formal collaborative agreements among between Virginia Tech, Rutgers and the University of Maryland System could retain Southern Maryland sites as potential testing arenas for commercializing unmanned aviation systems.

Super Hornet Praised, But Boeing Has No Orders

Plans are for the F-35 to replace the F-18, but as important production dates approach the Navy and industry face tough and costly decisions based on projected completion dates that still look a bit iffy.