Category Archives: Aviation

Congress Notified of Potential $1.5B Sale of Aegis Combat Systems for New Japanese Ship Class

Congress Notified of Potential $1.5B Sale of Aegis Combat Systems for New Japanese Ship Class

An artist's concept of the planned Japanese 27DD guided missile destroyer. Image via Navy Recognition

An artist’s concept of the planned Japanese 27DD guided missile destroyer. Image via Navy Recognition

A proposed $1.5 billion sale of two ship sets worth of Aegis combat systems, anti-submarine warfare systems and a cooperative engagement capability (CEC) equipment will give Japan’s planned new class of destroyers the capacity to connect and receive information from American battle networks, according to a list of items in a foreign military sales (FMS) notification issued by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency on Friday. Read More

USS George Washington to Arrive in California Today to Begin 3-Carrier Crew Swap

USS George Washington to Arrive in California Today to Begin 3-Carrier Crew Swap

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) flies the U.S. Navy battle ensign and the 297-foot Homeward Bound Pennant on July 27, 2015, as it sails through the Western Pacific on its way to San Diego. The Homeward Bound Pennant is flown by ships that are on a continuous overseas duty for 9 months and returning to a U.S. port. US Navy photo.

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) flies the U.S. Navy battle ensign and the 297-foot Homeward Bound Pennant on July 27, 2015, as it sails through the Western Pacific on its way to San Diego. The Homeward Bound Pennant is flown by ships that are on a continuous overseas duty for 9 months and returning to a U.S. port. US Navy photo.

The Navy’s three-carrier crew swap will begin today, with USS George Washington (CVN-73) set to arrive at Naval Air Station North Island to swap crews with USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) before heading to Newport News, Va., for its mid-life refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH). Read More

Navy: Raytheon Tomahawk Likely to Compete in Next Generation Anti-Ship Missile Contest

Navy: Raytheon Tomahawk Likely to Compete in Next Generation Anti-Ship Missile Contest

A Tomahawk cruise missile hits a moving maritime target Jan. 27 after being launched from the USS Kidd (DDG-100) near San Nicolas Island in California. US Navy Photo

A Tomahawk cruise missile hits a moving maritime target Jan. 27 after being launched from the USS Kidd (DDG-100) near San Nicolas Island in California. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Raytheon’s Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM) will be a likely competitor in the Navy’s search for a next generation anti-ship missile to replace the 1980s era weapons widely in use in the service, the deputy chief of naval operations warfare systems (N9) said Wednesday. Read More

Essay: Capability-Based Planning and the Death of Military Strategy

Essay: Capability-Based Planning and the Death of Military Strategy

Lt. Cmdr. Kirk Benson, points at a map of the South China sea at the Tactical Flag Command Center (TFCC) of the USS Blue Ridge. Reuters photo via VOA.

Lt. Cmdr. Kirk Benson, points at a map of the South China sea at the Tactical Flag Command Center (TFCC) of the USS Blue Ridge. Reuters photo via VOA.

In the 2001 Quadrennial Defense Review, released days before the September 11 attacks, the Department of Defense announced a shift in approach—one that had been trickling through DOD since the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Billed as “a new defense strategy and an associated risk management framework,” the emerging addition to the defense planning lexicon was a “capabilities-based approach.” Read More

Pentagon Requests Funding To Accelerate Harrier Data Link Upgrades

Pentagon Requests Funding To Accelerate Harrier Data Link Upgrades

An AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 311 prepares to land on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6) on Feb. 25, 2015. US Navy Photo

An AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 311 prepares to land on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6) on Feb. 25, 2015. US Navy Photo

The Pentagon has asked for an additional $7.5 million in the current fiscal year for the Marine Corps to get started on installing the Link 16 communication system on its fleet of Boeing AV-8B Harriers. Read More

Marines Declare Initial Operational Capability on F-35B Joint Strike Fighter

Marines Declare Initial Operational Capability on F-35B Joint Strike Fighter

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher C. Bogdan (right), the Program Executive Officer for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office, and U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Jon Davis, Deputy Commandant Aviation, along with distinguished visitors from the U.S. Department of Defense and the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence, watch as an F-35B lands on the flight deck of USS Wasp (LHD-1) off the coast of Virginia on May 20, 2015. US Marine Corps Photo

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher C. Bogdan (right), the Program Executive Officer for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office, and U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Jon Davis, Deputy Commandant Aviation, along with distinguished visitors from the U.S. Department of Defense and the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence, watch as an F-35B lands on the flight deck of USS Wasp (LHD-1) off the coast of Virginia on May 20, 2015. US Marine Corps Photo

The Marine Corps declared initial operational capability on its variant of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), after a final assessment showed the plane and its crew are not only ready to fight overseas if needed but also maintain and sustain the plane during extended operations. Read More

U.S. Navy Lessons from Libya Informed Australian EA-18G Growler Modifications

U.S. Navy Lessons from Libya Informed Australian EA-18G Growler Modifications

The Royal Australian Air Force's first EA-18G Growler during its first flight on July 13. Boeing Photo

The Royal Australian Air Force’s first EA-18G Growler during its first flight on July 13. Boeing Photo

This post has been updated to correct a mention of a system found on the U.S. Navy’s EA-18G Growler. It fields an ALQ-218 Radar Warning Receiver / Electronic Support Measures / Electronic Intelligence (RWR/ESM/ELINT) Sensor System, not an ALQ-210. 

ST. LOUIS, MO.— The lessons learned from the U.S. Navy’s strikes in Libya informed features on Australia’s planned fleet of a dozen Boeing E/A-18G Growler electronic attack jets, U.S. Navy officials and the former head of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) officials told reporters on Wednesday. Read More