An F-35C Lightning II assigned to the Grim Reapers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101 lands on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). Abraham Lincoln is underway conducting training after successful completion of carrier incremental availability. US Navy Photo
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) recently notched some significant firsts for air operations, including using a new landing system during carrier operations and qualifying its first F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aviators.
A UH-1 Huey flown autonomously by an enlisted Marine with a tablet. US Marine Corps Photo
MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. – The Marines showed off a high-tech system that could deliver life-saving supplies by air to troops operating in rugged terrain in a future conflict, without risking the lives of an aircrew. Read More
Pfc. Edgar Langle, an infantryman with 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, operates a newly developed Modular Advanced Armed Robotic System in a field environment at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 8, 2016. The system was built by the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory to assist Marines in carrying gear and clearing buildings. US Marine Corps photo.
The Marine Corps Warfighting Lab has created a Non-Commissioned Officer Fellowship to bring young enlisted Marines into the lab and leverage their tech-savvy and adaptive approaches to warfare to shape future experiments. Read More
QM3 Karlo Broussard communicates with ships in Pearl Harbor using a signal lamp in the Naval Station Pearl Harbor Signal Control Tower in 2008. US Navy Photo
For more than 200 years the signal lamp was used by navies the world over to silently send messages over stretches of distant seas. But since the close of World War II the fundamentals behind the signaling device haven’t changed much, as new types of radio and digital communications surpassed the speed and reliability of visual signaling. Read More
A surrogate Large Displacement Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (LDUUV) is submerged in the water in preparation for a test to demonstrate the capability of the Navy’s Common Control System (CCS) at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport in Puget Sound, Wash. in December 2015. US Navy Photo.
NATIONAL Harbor, Md. — The Navy’s Large Displacement Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (LDUUV) effort has split into two concurrent programs, one to continue experimenting with software and autonomy and the other as an accelerated acquisition program intended to put a boat in the water quickly. Read More
Rear Adm. David J. Hahn, right, relieves Rear Adm. Mat W. Winter as the chief of naval research (CNR) during a change-of-command ceremony at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 18, 2016. US Navy photo.
The Navy’s new chief of naval research vowed to work with the research community and the fleet to transition new technologies over the “valley of death,” the perennial problem of operationalizing technology that is made all the more challenging by a strained fleet with little time for experimentation. Read More
An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter, top, and an MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter make their approach towards the littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) during flight operations. US Navy photo.
The Navy reorganized its Chief of Naval Operations staff (OPNAV) to eliminate the one-year-old Unmanned Warfare Systems directorate (OPAV N99) and instead will move unmanned systems into technology development or domain-based warfare directorates. Read More
Unmanned rigid-hull inflatable boats operating autonomously close in on a contact of interest during an Office of Naval Research (ONR)-sponsored demonstration of swarmboat technology held at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story on Sept. 30, 2016. US Navy photo.
The Office of Naval Research demonstrated for the second time the ability to turn already-fielded small boats into unmanned autonomous systems and use them for missions like harbor defense, two ONR program officials told reporters this week. Read More
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
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