Category Archives: Aviation

Cost Will Drive UCLASS Designs

Cost Will Drive UCLASS Designs

X-47B UCAS. Northrop Grumman Photo

X-47B UCAS. US Navy 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

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

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

 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

Navy Wants More Growlers to Fight a Deadlier High End Air War

Navy Wants More Growlers to Fight a Deadlier High End Air War

An EA-18G Growler, assigned to the “Zappers” of Electronic Attack Squadron 130, launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) on Jan 13, 2014. US Navy Photo

An EA-18G Growler, assigned to the “Zappers” of Electronic Attack Squadron 130, launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) on Jan 13, 2014. US Navy Photo

The Navy’s director of air warfare told Congress Wednesday the service might want more electronic attack aircraft to effectively fight a high end joint air war. Read More

F-35 Program Office Confident Marine Joint Strike Fighter Will Be Ready by 2015

F-35 Program Office Confident Marine Joint Strike Fighter Will Be Ready by 2015

An F-35B Lightning II aircraft takes off from the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1). US Navy Photo

An F-35B Lightning II aircraft takes off from the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1). US Navy Photo

The F-35 program office is confident that the aircraft’s Block 2B software will be ready in time for the U.S. Marine Corps’ planned July 2015 initial operational capability (IOC) date, but a more pressing concern is modifying the existing Joint Strike Fighter fleet to combat-capable standards. Read More

How Taiwan Would Defend Against a Chinese Attack

How Taiwan Would Defend Against a Chinese Attack

Taiwanese troops following an undated exercise.

Taiwanese troops following an undated exercise.

On March 6, Taiwan’s Minister of National Defense Yen Ming told the national legislature’s Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee the country’s military could hold out “at least one month” alone against a Chinese invasion. Read More