Acting U.S. Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan meets with Colombian Vice President Marta Lucía Ramírez at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. on May 7, 2019. DoD Photo
This post was updated to include a Tweet from Patrick Shanahan about his nomination.
Former Boeing executive Patrick Shanahan will be nominated by President Donald J. Trump on Thursday to become the permanent secretary of defense, a position he’s held on an acting basis since the start of the year. Read More
Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) Airman Daniel Brown verifies the weight of an EA-18G Growler, assigned to the “Rooks” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 137, on the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) on Nov. 8, 2018. US Navy Photo
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Boeing is developing upgrades to the Navy’s existing EA-18G Growler fleet to quickly deliver a Block II electronic warfare aircraft with improved sensor capabilities and more efficient fuel tanks.
MQ-25 Stingray. Boeing Photo
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Later this year, Boeing’s prototype for the Navy’s MQ-25A Stingray unmanned aerial tanker will make its first flight from an Illinois airport. When the Stingray will start operating from U.S. carriers is less clear. Read More
Capt. Jeffrey Anderson, commander, Carrier Air Wing Three, performs pre-flight checks inside the cockpit of an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Sidewinders of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) in 2016. US Navy Photo
ARLINGTON, Va. – With the Navy ruling out contaminated air and focusing on air pressure fluctuations as the cause of many physiological events (PEs), the service is planning a major maintenance event on its jets to try to curb PE rates. Read More
Artist’s conception of the Boeing Orca XLUUV. Boeing Image
LONDON — Britain’s Ministry of Defence is exploring options for the development of an Extra Large Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (XLUUV) to conduct covert missions at distances of up to ranges 3,000 nautical miles for three months at a time for the Royal Navy. Read More
F/A-18E Super Hornets from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 136 ‘Knighthawks’ fly in formation during a photo exercise over California on March 12, 2019. US Navy Photo
The Navy awarded Boeing a $4 billion multi-year contract modification to build 78 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighters, according to a Wednesday Pentagon contract announcement. Read More
X-47B Salty Dog 501 flies over USS Theodore Roosevelt on Aug. 17, 2014. US Naval Institute Photo
WASHINGTON, D.C. — To keep U.S. carriers relevant into the 21st century, the Navy needs to restart development of a lethal unmanned aircraft to fly from carrier decks, according to a new study on the future of the carrier air wing. Read More
Boeing Echo Voyager. Boeing Co. photo.
This post has been updated with a statement from Boeing.
The Navy awarded Boeing a $43-million contract to build four Orca Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (XLUUVs) for the service, according to a Wednesday Pentagon contract announcement. Read More
Harpoon fired from USS Olympia on July 12, 2018. US Navy Photo
After pulling out of a competition to outfit the Navy’s small surface combatants with anti-ship missiles, Boeing is seeing a warmer embrace of its 40-year-old Harpoon missile from the U.S. Navy’s aviation and surface fleets and from foreign military sales.
A Hornet from Strike Fighter Squadron 34 aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) prepares to launch during the Rim of the Pacific 2018 exercise. VFA-34’s planes were painted to honor the squadron’s history ahead of its transition to the Super Hornet. USNI News photo.
The Navy held a sundown ceremony on Friday for its last operational F-18 Hornet squadron, with the “Blue Blasters” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 34 taking their last flight over Naval Air Station Oceana before transitioning to newer jets. Read More