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DARPA Awards Contracts in Search of a 460 MPH Helicopter

DARPA Awards Contracts in Search of a 460 MPH Helicopter

Sikorsky bid for DARPA's VTOL Experimental Plane (VTOL X-Plane) program. DARPA Photo

Sikorsky bid for DARPA’s VTOL Experimental Plane (VTOL X-Plane) program. DARPA Photo

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded contracts to four companies to design a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft that is much faster than a helicopter but retains excellent hover capability. Read More

Why the Navy Wants More Growlers

Why the Navy Wants More Growlers

EA-18G Growler from Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129 during night flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70). US Navy Photo

EA-18G Growler from Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129 during night flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70). US Navy Photo

The Navy is eyeing expanding its fleet of electronic attack aircraft to better fit into the service’s next generation plan for fighting a high end air war. Read More

Triton Testing Ahead of Schedule

Triton Testing Ahead of Schedule

Triton unmanned aircraft system completes its first flight May 22, 2013 from the Northrop Grumman manufacturing facility in Palmdale, Calif. Northrop Grumman Photo

Triton unmanned aircraft system completes its first flight May 22, 2013 from the Northrop Grumman manufacturing facility in Palmdale, Calif. Northrop Grumman Photo

Testing for the Navy’s next generation unmanned maritime surveillance aircraft is proceeding ahead of schedule, according to officials at Northrop Grumman. Read More

Navy: UCLASS Will be Stealthy and 'Tomcat Size'

Navy: UCLASS Will be Stealthy and ‘Tomcat Size’

X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator taxies on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) in May 2013. US Navy Photo

X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator taxies on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) in May 2013. US Navy Photo

The U.S Navy’s unmanned carrier launched airborne surveillance and strike (UCLASS) program has evolved to call for a jet that is much larger and much more capable than what was envisioned just six months ago, Navy officials told USNI News.

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First Navy P-8As Arrive in Okinawa

First Navy P-8As Arrive in Okinawa

P-8A Poseidon No. 429 takes off from NAS Jacksonville, Fla. Nov. 29, 2013. US Navy Photo

P-8A Poseidon No. 429 takes off from NAS Jacksonville, Fla. Nov. 29, 2013. US Navy Photo

Two U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon aircraft have arrived at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan to begin the first deployment for the service’s new information, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft, the Navy announced on Monday. Read More

Navy Shifts Plans to Acquire a Tougher UCLASS

Navy Shifts Plans to Acquire a Tougher UCLASS

The X-47B

The X-47B on the deck of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) on Nov. 10, 2013. US Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy appears to have shifted its position on the requirements for its next generation carrier-based unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), Navy officials told USNI News.

Instead of developing the planned Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) to only conduct operations in uncontested airspace, the service will instead pursue a design that can be adapted over time to operating against higher threat levels.

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