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. The Marines had been considering this type of capability for their shipboard Group 5 UAS program, MUX, before the program was restructured in mid 2020. Bell Image
This post has been updated to clarify that the Marine Corps has begun experimenting with a Marine Littoral Regiment formation, but has not yet formally stood up the unit.
This post is part of a series of stories looking back at the top naval news from 2020.
The Marine Corps’ acquisition efforts this year focused on pursuing its modernization priorities for force redesign, while balancing years-long acquisition programs. Read More
U.S. Marines with Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron (VMU) 2 launch a RQ-21A Blackjack for Assault Support Tactics 2 at Canon Air Defense Complex (P111), Yuma, Ariz., Oct. 12, 2016. US Marine Corps photo.
While the Marine Corps is still charting its path forward for large drones, the service is moving smaller unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) into its ground combat units. Read More
Vice Adm. Scott Stearney (left) relieves Vice Adm. John Aquilino (right) as commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet, Combined Maritime Forces during a change of command ceremony held aboard Naval Support Activity Bahrain on May 6, 2018. Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of U.S. Central Command (background), spoke at the ceremony. US Navy photo.
Vice Adm. Scott Stearney relieved Vice Adm. John Aquilino as commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and U.S. 5th Fleet in a May 6 ceremony in Manama, Bahrain. Read More