Category Archives: Aviation

NAVSEA: Ford Carrier Advanced Arresting Gear Testing Shows Promise

NAVSEA: Ford Carrier Advanced Arresting Gear Testing Shows Promise

Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) completes a first-of-its-kind recovery of an Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23-assigned F/A-18E Super Hornet at the Runway Arrested Landing Site in Lakehurst, N.J., Oct. 13, 2016. US Navy Photo

Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) completes a first-of-its-kind recovery of an Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23-assigned F/A-18E Super Hornet at the Runway Arrested Landing Site in Lakehurst, N.J., Oct. 13, 2016. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The troubled General Atomics Advanced Arresting Gear program is doing well in its delayed testing program on land and on carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78), the head of Naval Sea Systems Command told reporters on Wednesday. Read More

Marine Aviation Head Lists High-end Wants for MUX Program

Marine Aviation Head Lists High-end Wants for MUX Program

The Bell V-247 tiltrotor is an unmanned aerial system (UAS) that will combine the vertical lift capability of a helicopter with the speed and range of a conventional fixed-wing aircraft, and would provide long-endurance persistent expeditionary and surveillance and fires capabilities. Bell rendering.

The Bell V-247 tiltrotor is an unmanned aerial system (UAS) that will combine the vertical lift capability of a helicopter with the speed and range of a conventional fixed-wing aircraft, and would provide long-endurance persistent expeditionary and surveillance and fires capabilities. Bell rendering.

ARLINGTON, Va. – The head of Marine Corps aviation has big plans for the service’s planned large unmanned aerial vehicle set to enter the service in the next decade. Read More

Navy Eyeing the 2045 Battle Space in New Long-Term R&D Plan

Navy Eyeing the 2045 Battle Space in New Long-Term R&D Plan

A microwave/electro-optic (MS32) electronics engineer at Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Corona Division, uses visible lasers to align various optical components on Aug. 29, 2014. US Navy Photo

A microwave/electro-optic (MS32) electronics engineer at Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Corona Division, uses visible lasers to align various optical components on Aug. 29, 2014. US Navy Photo

ARLINGTON, Va.—Faced with enemies catching up to America’s military technological superiority, the Navy is drafting a long-range research and development plan that will focus on key areas the service predicts will drive warfare into the 2040s. Read More

Marine Corps Innovation Efforts Yielding Ideas Like JSF-Unmanned Teaming, Ground Recon Robots

Marine Corps Innovation Efforts Yielding Ideas Like JSF-Unmanned Teaming, Ground Recon Robots

U.S. Marine Forces Europe and Africa deputy director of communication Master Sgt. Chad E. McMeen uses a commercial-grade Quadcopter to capture aerial video footage of the USNS William R. Button on the pier in Rota, Spain, during the preparation phase of Trident Juncture 2015.US Army photo.

U.S. Marine Forces Europe and Africa deputy director of communication Master Sgt. Chad E. McMeen uses a commercial-grade Quadcopter to capture aerial video footage of the USNS William R. Button on the pier in Rota, Spain, during the preparation phase of Trident Juncture 2015.US Army photo.

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Marine Corps recently launched three major innovation efforts that are already informing the service’s unmanned systems’ priorities, the deputy commandant for combat development and integration said today. Read More

Navy's First Operational MQ-4C Triton Squadron Stands Up This Week

Navy’s First Operational MQ-4C Triton Squadron Stands Up This Week

Two Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial vehicles sit on the tarmac at a Northrop Grumman test facility in Palmdale, Calif., in May 2013. US Navy photo.

Two Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial vehicles sit on the tarmac at a Northrop Grumman test facility in Palmdale, Calif., in May 2013. US Navy photo.

THE PENTAGON – The Navy will stand up its first unmanned-only aviation squadron this week, as the MQ-4C Triton community establishes its first operational squadron in a ceremony Friday, the Navy’s director of air warfare told USNI News. Read More

SECNAV Mabus Reflects on Time in the Pentagon

SECNAV Mabus Reflects on Time in the Pentagon

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus speaks during an all-hands call at Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton on Oct. 21, 2016. US Navy

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus speaks during an all-hands call at Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton on Oct. 21, 2016. US Navy

The biggest surprise Navy Secretary Ray Mabus had when he took office was how slowly the bureaucracy moves and the different tactics it uses to kill a program it doesn’t want. Read More

Navy Adds Transparency, Strategy Provisions to Budget Process

Navy Adds Transparency, Strategy Provisions to Budget Process

Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the Department of Navy's fiscal year 2017 budget and posture. US Navy Photo

Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the Department of Navy’s fiscal year 2017 budget and posture. US Navy Photo

Navy leadership will change how it crafts its budget in an effort to focus on strategic needs rather than starting the process with spending limits front and center, Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Bill Moran told USNI News last week. Read More

Marines Pursuing Large Ship-Based UAV For Comms, ISR, Fires

Marines Pursuing Large Ship-Based UAV For Comms, ISR, Fires

An MQ-9 Reaper with an extended range modification from the 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron takes off on a sortie at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Dec. 6, 2015. The Reaper is an armed, multi-mission, medium-altitude, long-endurance remotely piloted aircraft that is employed primarily as an intelligence-collection asset and secondarily against dynamic execution targets. US Air Force photo.

An MQ-9 Reaper with an extended range modification from the 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron takes off on a sortie at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Dec. 6, 2015. The Reaper is an armed, multi-mission, medium-altitude, long-endurance remotely piloted aircraft that is employed primarily as an intelligence-collection asset and secondarily against dynamic execution targets. US Air Force photo.

The Marine Corps is in the early phases of developing a large Group 5 unmanned aerial system (UAS) that would operate from a ship and provide long-range, long-endurance capabilities for not only the Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) but also potentially the Navy’s fleet and Army ground forces. Read More