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Big Deck Amphib Wasp Completes Combat Systems Qualification, Will Deploy Next Summer After 11 Year Pause

Big Deck Amphib Wasp Completes Combat Systems Qualification, Will Deploy Next Summer After 11 Year Pause

USS Wasp (LHD 1) transits the Elizabeth River from BAE Systems Norfolk to Naval Station Norfolk. Wasp completed a year-long dry dock phased maintenance availability period which included upgrades to her combat systems, engineering spaces and flight deck on Sept. 30, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS Wasp (LHD 1) transits the Elizabeth River from BAE Systems Norfolk to Naval Station Norfolk. Wasp completed a year-long dry dock phased maintenance availability period which included upgrades to her combat systems, engineering spaces and flight deck on Sept. 30, 2014. US Navy Photo

After more than ten years without deploying, the big deck amphibious warship USS Wasp (LHD-1) is ready to ship out to lead an amphibious ready group (ARG) deployment next summer, the Navy said on Thursday. Read More

Update: SECNAV Mabus Confirms V-22 Carrier Delivery Memo

Update: SECNAV Mabus Confirms V-22 Carrier Delivery Memo

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

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

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

Foreign F-35 Partners Allowed More Freedom to Customize Fighter Software

Foreign F-35 Partners Allowed More Freedom to Customize Fighter Software

An undated picture of five F-35B and a single F-35C. Lockheed Martin Photo

An undated picture of five F-35B and a single F-35C. Lockheed Martin Photo

Foreign air forces ordering the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) will be able to customize the mission data packages loaded onto their aircraft in a compromise that defense officials say both preserves U.S. security and allows allies a greater degree of customization of their fighters. Read More

Chinese and Russian Radars On Track To See Through U.S. Stealth

Chinese and Russian Radars On Track To See Through U.S. Stealth

An F-35B Lightning II aircraft takes off from the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) in 2013. A former senior Navy official told USNI News its stealth protection could be pierced by new Chinese and Russian radars. US Navy Photo

An F-35B Lightning II aircraft takes off from the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) in 2013. A former senior Navy official told USNI News its stealth protection could be pierced by new Chinese and Russian radars. US Navy Photo

A growing trend in Russian and Chinese radar could make U.S. stealth fighters easier to see and — more importantly — easier to target for potential adversaries, a former senior U.S. Navy official told USNI News. Read More

Update: F-35 Cleared to Fly With Restrictions, U.K. Air Show Appearance Cancelled

Update: F-35 Cleared to Fly With Restrictions, U.K. Air Show Appearance Cancelled

F-35A Lightning IIs from the 58th Fighter Squadron, 33rd Fighter Wing, Eglin AFB, Fla., perform an aerial refueling mission May 14, 2013, off the coast of northwest Florida. US Air Force Photo

F-35A Lightning IIs from the 58th Fighter Squadron, 33rd Fighter Wing, Eglin AFB, Fla., perform an aerial refueling mission May 14, 2013, off the coast of northwest Florida. US Air Force Photo

This post was updated to include additional Tuesday afternoon comments from Rear Adm. John Kirby.

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter fleet has been cleared to fly within a restricted flight envelope after the jets were grounded following a June 23 fire that severely damaged an aircraft on take-off. Read More