Category Archives: Aviation

Navy Preparing for More Aggressive Growler Operations

Navy Preparing for More Aggressive Growler Operations

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Conceptual loadouts for EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft. Boeing Image

Conceptual loadouts for EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft. Boeing Image

The U.S. Navy is shifting its airborne electronic attack (AEA) focus from disrupting the enemy’s targeting and tracking of allied aircraft to actively helping friendly forces find and eliminate enemy air defenses, service officials said at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition 2014 at National Harbor, Md. on Monday. Read More

What's in the Navy's $10 billion Unfunded List

What’s in the Navy’s $10 billion Unfunded List

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E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft conduct a test flight in 2009. The Navy included one more E-2D in its unfunded priorities list submitted to Congress this week. US Navy Photo

E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft conduct a test flight in 2009. The Navy included one more E-2D in its unfunded priorities list submitted to Congress this week. US Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy’s $10.023 billion unfunded priorities list for fiscal year 2015 — submitted to Congress on April 1 — seems to further the service’s aims to defeat an adversary in a high-end air war. Read More

Navy: Decision to Pull Unfunded Carrier Refueling Request was CNO’s Choice

Navy: Decision to Pull Unfunded Carrier Refueling Request was CNO’s Choice

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Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert testifies during a posture hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee on March, 27 2014. US Navy Photo

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert testifies during a posture hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee on March, 27 2014. US Navy Photo

The head of the U.S. Navy decided to cut an unfunded request to Congress to start purchasing long lead items for the refueling and overhaul of USS George Washington (CVN-73) to better align with budget planning over the next five years, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert wrote in a March, 31 letter addressed to Congress and obtained by USNI News.

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Document: Report to Congress on Navy Shipboard Lasers

Document: Report to Congress on Navy Shipboard Lasers

Laser Weapon System (LaWS) aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG-105) in San Diego, Calif. in 2012. US Navy Photo

Laser Weapon System (LaWS) aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG-105) in San Diego, Calif. in 2012. US Navy Photo

The following is the April, 1 2014 report from the Congressional Research Service, Navy Shipboard Lasers for Surface, Air and Missile Defense. Read More

Cost Will Drive UCLASS Designs

Cost Will Drive UCLASS Designs

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X-47B UCAS. Northrop Grumman Photo

X-47B UCAS. Northrop Grumman Photo

Cost will likely be the biggest design driver for the U.S. Navy’s Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) aircraft when the service issues its draft Request for Proposals (RFP) for the program—which could be as early as Friday —according to industry sources. Read More

UCLASS Could Be Used as Tanker for Carrier Air Wing

UCLASS Could Be Used as Tanker for Carrier Air Wing

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An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator conducts a touch and go landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77). US Navy Photo

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator conducts a touch and go landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77). US Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy is considering using its forthcoming Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) aircraft as an aerial refueling tanker to free up its fleet of Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets for more strike missions, several sources told USNI News. Read More

Littoral Combat Ship Mission Packages Safe From Budget Axe For Now

Littoral Combat Ship Mission Packages Safe From Budget Axe For Now

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USS Independence (LCS 2) deploys a remote multi-mission vehicle (RMMV) on Aug. 22, 2013. The Navy plans to buy 18 RMMVs over the next five years. US Navy Photo

USS Independence (LCS 2) deploys a remote multi-mission vehicle (RMMV) on Aug. 22, 2013. The Navy plans to buy 18 RMMVs over the next five years. US Navy Photo

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s mandate capping of the first variants of the Littoral Combat Ship at 32 hulls will do little to limit the acquisition of the mission packages for the Flight 0 LCS over the next five years, navy officials told USNI News last week. Read More

Navy and Marines Tell Congress They Need More Funds for Reset and Maintenance

Navy and Marines Tell Congress They Need More Funds for Reset and Maintenance

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 Marines with Combat Logistics Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 7 work together to put a transmission in the back of one of their vehicles aboard Camp Shorabak, Helmand province, Afghanistan on March 12, 2014. US Marine Corps Photo

Marines with Combat Logistics Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 7 work together to put a transmission in the back of one of their vehicles aboard Camp Shorabak, Helmand province, Afghanistan on March 12, 2014. US Marine Corps Photo

The Navy will likely need five more years of funding above its base budget to send ships through dry dock to overcome years of deferred maintenance, and the Marine Corps’ needs two or three years of additional funding to reset its equipment, senior sea service officers told the House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee on Thursday. Read More