September 25, 2017

DoD Wants 5% Cut on Next Batch of F-35s

F-35s

The latest cut in the cost of the standard F-35 will bring the cost of the standard version of the jet strike fighter below $80 million.

Triton to Enter Initial Production

triton production

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 reflect opinions of the Leader’s owners or staff. MQ-4C Triton moves out of development into initial production, reports USNI.org. The decision follows Triton’s successful operational assessment in February. The F-35 joint program office is eyeing the middle of the next decade for major upgrades to the engines on the joint strike fighter. Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan, who heads the JPO, said the “mid-2020s” is when the power plant on the joint strike fighter could…

Autonomous Tools Urgent Needs of Warfighter

RADM Mark Darrah

The warfighter needs solutions yesterday, tools that support mission autonomy are urgently sought.

Is the Best Fighter Ever, Worth It?

F-35 simulator

A video of the F-35 simulator gives viewers a run for their money, something critics say the F-35 is doing to America.

Dunaway Spreads the Word: Open Architecture

VADM Dunaway makes no secret about NAVAIR’s goal of bringing more work in-house and using open architecture.

US Military Strength is Insufficient to Global Threats

The conservative Heritage Foundation’s 2015 Index of US Military Strength concludes it is insufficient given contemporary global threats; . The Navy scores strong for readiness, not capability or capacity.

Robust Year Ahead for NAVAIR UAS Programs

Development milestones upcoming for NAVAIR UAS programs: Triton, MQ-8B, and Blackjack.

Pax Reservist on the List to Move to Mars

Navy Reserve Lt. Cmdr. Oscar Mathews, assigned to NAS Patuxent River, makes the 100-person cut for a chance to move to Mars. Mars One, a not-for-profit foundation seeks to establish permanent human life on Mars.

Atlantic Test Range Gets MILCON Funds

Advanced Energetics Lab Complex at Indian Head is also in line for Military Construction funds in the FY15 budget.

Fire Scout ‘Hard Landing’ at Webster Field Investigated

Fire Scout at Pax

Initial damage estimate for Webster Field MQ-8B Fire Scout “hard landing” is at least $2 million.