Category Archives: Aviation

Last East Coast P-3C Squadron Busy in 5th Fleet as P-8A Transition Continues

Last East Coast P-3C Squadron Busy in 5th Fleet as P-8A Transition Continues

A U.S. Navy P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft from to the Skinny Dragons of Patrol Squadron (VP) 4 conducts a fly-by with the guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) on Nov. 15, 2014. US Navy photo.

A U.S. Navy P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft from to the Skinny Dragons of Patrol Squadron (VP) 4 conducts a fly-by with the guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) on Nov. 15, 2014. US Navy photo.

This post has been updated to clarify that the Royal Australian Air Force has not yet signed a contract for its P-8As but has approved the acquisition of the aircraft.

Members of Patrol Squadron (VP) 26 “Tridents” are busy in U.S. 5th Fleet this spring, in the middle of the last deployment of the Lockheed Martin P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft from the East Coast. Read More

Marines' Aviation C2 System Finishes Operational Assessment

Marines’ Aviation C2 System Finishes Operational Assessment

Two MV-22B Ospreys prepare for refueling during an aerial refueling training exercise as part of Weapons and Tactics Instructor course aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., April 8, 2015, the same exercise that hosted the CAC2S operational assessment. US Marine Corps photo.

Two MV-22B Ospreys prepare for refueling during an aerial refueling training exercise as part of Weapons and Tactics Instructor course aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., April 8, 2015, the same exercise that hosted the CAC2S operational assessment. US Marine Corps photo.

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. – The Marines’ Common Aviation Command and Control System (CAC2S) wrapped up its operational assessment in Arizona and will have a busy year finalizing software and hardware tweaks before heading to initial operational test and evaluation a year from now. Read More

Document: GAO Report on Navy UCLASS Requirements

Document: GAO Report on Navy UCLASS Requirements

The following is Government Accountability Office report, Unmanned Carrier-Based Aircraft System: Navy Needs to Demonstrate Match between Its Requirements and Available Resources. The report was released on May 4, 2015. Read More

Navy Not Following Marines' Lead in Developing V-22 Osprey Tanker

Navy Not Following Marines’ Lead in Developing V-22 Osprey Tanker

Undated photo of an aerial refueling test from a Marine Corps Bell-Boeing MV-22. U.S. Marine Corps Photo

Undated photo of an aerial refueling test from a Marine Corps Bell-Boeing MV-22. U.S. Marine Corps Photo

The Navy has no immediate plans to explore using its planned fleet of V-22 Ospreys carrier onboard delivery aircraft to refuel its carrier aircraft, while the Marines are actively looking to include a tanking capability in its own tilt-rotor V-22s by 2017, service officials told USNI News on Monday. Read More

Forbes Calls on SECNAV Mabus to Extend X-47B Testing

Forbes Calls on SECNAV Mabus to Extend X-47B Testing

A Northrop Grumman X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator (UCAS-D) during a 2014 carrier landing test. US Naval Institute Photo

A Northrop Grumman X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrators (UCAS-D) during a 2014 carrier landing test. US Naval Institute Photo

Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) wants to keep the Navy’s two X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrators (UCAS-D) flying instead of sending the two unmanned vehicles to a museum or long term storage, according to a Thursday letter to Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus obtained by USNI News. Read More