Category Archives: Aviation

Marines Folding F-35B into New Pacific Island-Hopping Concept

Marines Folding F-35B into New Pacific Island-Hopping Concept

An F-35B Lightning II jet performs a vertical landing during a field carrier landing practice at Ie Shima Island, Okinawa, Japan, on Dec. 5, 2018. US Marine Corps Photo

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Marine Corps is learning how to incorporate its new F-35B Joint Strike Fighter jets into its island-hopping concept of Expeditionary Advance Base Operations, with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit rehearsing this concept recently in the Pacific. Read More

Lockheed Martin Working $2.5B in Hypersonic Weapon Contracts

Lockheed Martin Working $2.5B in Hypersonic Weapon Contracts

Artist’s concept of a hypersonic vehicle. DARPA Photo

Lockheed Martin is working through $2.5 billion in military contracts to develop a variety of hypersonic weapons in a bid to catch up with developments from China and Russia, company chief executive Marillyn Hewson said during a Tuesday earnings calls. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: April 22, 2019

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: April 22, 2019

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These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of April 22, 2019, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship. Read More

Lockheed Martin Says New F-35 Supplier Contracts Will Reduce Aircraft Costs

Lockheed Martin Says New F-35 Supplier Contracts Will Reduce Aircraft Costs

An F-35C Lightning II fighter jet, attached to the “Argonauts” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147, flies in formation for a photo exercise in Lemoore, Calif., on Nov. 16, 2018. US Navy Photo

F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter lead-contractor Lockheed Martin reconfigured a host of its contracts with its suppliers to lower the aircraft price tag, improve readiness and control ongoing maintenance costs.

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Textron Catching Up with Existing Ship-to-Shore Funding Ahead of Additional Navy Budget Requests

Textron Catching Up with Existing Ship-to-Shore Funding Ahead of Additional Navy Budget Requests

LCAC 100, Textron’s first-in-class Ship-to-Shore Connector (SSC), conducts its first on-water test outside of the company’s facility in Louisiana on April 10, 2018. Textron photo.

Before the Navy requests more money for Textron’s Ship-to-Shore Connector, company executives say they need to firm up contracts for the funds already earmarked for the program.

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F-35B Allowed Essex ARG to Flex New Blue-Water Capabilities in Absence of Carrier Nearby

F-35B Allowed Essex ARG to Flex New Blue-Water Capabilities in Absence of Carrier Nearby

Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD-2) transits the Gulf of Aden during a vertical replenishment while on a regularly scheduled deployment of Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). US Navy Photo

ARLINGTON, Virginia – The F-35B Joint Strike Fighter is not only changing the way Marine forces conduct their missions, it is also changing the way the amphibious navy can do its work in the absence of an aircraft carrier, leaders from the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Essex Amphibious Ready Group said. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: April 15, 2019

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: April 15, 2019

USNI News Graphic

These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of April 15, 2019, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship. Read More