Category Archives: Aviation

Navy to Build Aegis Trainers for Surface Warfare Officers at ‘TOPGUN’

Navy to Build Aegis Trainers for Surface Warfare Officers at ‘TOPGUN’

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An F-5 Tiger II from the Saints of Fighter Squadron Composite (VFC) 13 takes off from a runway on Naval Air Station Fallon on Nov. 4, 2014. US Navy Photo

An F-5 Tiger II from the Saints of Fighter Squadron Composite (VFC) 13 takes off from a runway on Naval Air Station Fallon on Nov. 4, 2014. US Navy Photo

U.S. Navy’s surface warfare officers will learn to track and target air threats in a planned Aegis combat system simulator that will be built at Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center at Naval Air Station Fallon, Nev., the head of the Navy’s new surface warfare training outfit told USNI News last week. Read More

Update: SECNAV Mabus Confirms V-22 Carrier Delivery Memo

Update: SECNAV Mabus Confirms V-22 Carrier Delivery Memo

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An MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft USS George Washington (CVN-73). US Navy Photo

An MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft USS George Washington (CVN-73). US Navy Photo

The following post has been updated to include additional comments from Sean Stackley, assistant secretary of the Navy for Research, Development & Acquisition (RDA).

CRYSTAL CITY, VA. – The Secretary of the Navy confirmed the existence of an agreement between the Navy and Marine Corps to utilize the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor as the Navy’s replacement for the Northrop Grumman C-2A Greyhound as the utility aircraft for the Navy’s carrier. Read More

SNA: Navy Surface Leaders Pitch More Lethal Ships, Surface Action Groups

SNA: Navy Surface Leaders Pitch More Lethal Ships, Surface Action Groups

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USS Stethem (DDG-63) fires a Harpoon missile during a sinking exercise as part of Valiant Shield 2014 on Sept. 15, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS Stethem (DDG-63) fires a Harpoon missile during a sinking exercise as part of Valiant Shield 2014 on Sept. 15, 2014. US Navy Photo

CRYSTAL CITY, VA. — The leaders of the U.S. Navy’s surface force are pitching a new philosophy to squeeze the offensive power out of its existing surface ships in a tactical shift that calls for using small surface action groups and increasing the number of anti-ship weapons on more platforms in a plan branded, “distributed lethality.” Read More

Updated: Navy and Marines Sign MOU for Bell-Boeing Osprey to be Next Carrier Delivery Aircraft

Updated: Navy and Marines Sign MOU for Bell-Boeing Osprey to be Next Carrier Delivery Aircraft

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MV-22 Osprey, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 166, launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) in 2013. US Navy Photo

MV-22 Osprey, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 166, launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) in 2013. US Navy Photo

This post and its headline have been updated to reflect additional comments from the U.S. Navy.

The Navy will almost certainly select the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor to replace the Northrop Grumman C-2A Greyhound as its next carrier onboard delivery (COD) aircraft, according to a Jan. 5 memo signed by Department of the Navy leadership. Read More

Pentagon Unmanned Review Set to Inform UCLASS Bid

Pentagon Unmanned Review Set to Inform UCLASS Bid

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An artist's concept of the Lockheed Martin's bid for the Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS). Lockheed Martin Image

An artist’s concept of the Lockheed Martin’s bid for the Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS). Lockheed Martin Image

A previous version of this post misstated the chairman of the Defense Acquisition Board. It is Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L) Frank Kendall, not vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. James “Sandy” Winnefeld. Winnefeld chairs the Pentagon’s Joint Requirements Oversight Council.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The review of the Pentagon’s unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) portfolio that stalled the acquisition of the Navy’s first operational carrier-based UAV has completed its early phase, the Navy’s chief acquisition official said on Wednesday. Read More

Winter Arrives at ONR

Winter Arrives at ONR

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Sean J. Stackley, assistant secretary of the Navy for research development and acquisition, joins Rear Adm. Mathias Winter's daughter as they replace his one-star shoulder boards with two-star shoulder boards. US Navy Photo

Sean J. Stackley, assistant secretary of the Navy for research development and acquisition, joins Rear Adm. Mathias Winter’s daughter as they replace his one-star shoulder boards with two-star shoulder boards. US Navy Photo

The former head of unmanned programs at Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has taken charge of the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research, ONR announced on Monday. Read More

Navy Wants Rail Guns to Fight Ballistic and Supersonic Missiles Says RFI

Navy Wants Rail Guns to Fight Ballistic and Supersonic Missiles Says RFI

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n artist rendering shows the Office of Naval Research-funded electromagnetic railgun installed aboard the joint high-speed vessel USNS Millinocket (JHSV- 3). US Navy Image

n artist rendering shows the Office of Naval Research-funded electromagnetic railgun installed aboard the joint high-speed vessel USNS Millinocket (JHSV- 3). US Navy Image

Fighting ballistic missiles, stealthy targets, swarmed surface and supersonic threats are high on the Pentagon’s wish list for its future electromagnetic rail gun, according to a request for information (RFI) for a rail gun fire control systems from Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) that posted in Dec. 22 but was quickly taken down. Read More