100th Moriah Wind System delivered

Members of the Moriah Wind System (MWS) Integrated Product Team, from the Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment Program Office (PMA 251), and leadership from contractor, Quality Performance, Inc. (QPI) celebrate the 100th system delivery to the fleet at a ceremony on Jan. 17 at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey. The Moriah team began working with QPI in 2002, and the contractor-government team has since delivered and installed the digital wind measurement systems to numerous ships in the fleet. The system provides wind speed and direction information, including crosswind and…

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Pax River tests new joint-air-to-ground missile on AH-1Z helicopter

The Navy successfully completed its first Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) flight test on the AH-1Z helicopter Dec.5 at Patuxent River. During the flight, aircrew aboard the AH-1Z navigated the missile through various operational modes and exercised its active seeker to search and/or acquire targets, demonstrating its compatibility with the aircraft. “Initial results from the flight indicate the missile performed as planned,” said Liam Cosgrove, JAGM flight test lead. “We will continue to conduct a series of tests to prepare for live fire testing of the JAGM off the AH-1Z scheduled…

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U.S. Navy Aircraft Joins Search and Rescue Efforts for Missing Mariners in East China Sea

On Jan. 7, the U.S. Navy sent a P-8A aircraft attached to the ‘Fighting Tigers’ of Patrol Squadron EIGHT (VP-8) to assist in an international search and rescue (SAR) effort in the East China Sea following a collision between two commercial vessels. After arriving on scene, the aircraft searched an area of approximately 3,600 square nautical miles before returning to Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan. None of the mariners were located. Chinese-flagged cargo ship, CF Crystal, and Iranian-flagged MV Sanchi collided, Jan. 6. International search efforts are ongoing for…

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Boeing Shares Sneak Peek of Aerial Refueler for MQ-25 Competition

Boeing for the first time is showing what it believes is the unmanned aircraft system (UAS) best suited for refueling U.S. Navy jets operating from aircraft carriers. Through its MQ-25 competition, the Navy is seeking unmanned refueling capabilities that would extend the combat range of deployed Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet, Boeing EA-18G Growler, and Lockheed Martin F-35C fighters. The MQ-25 will also have to seamlessly integrate with a carrier’s catapult and launch and recovery systems. “Boeing has been delivering carrier aircraft to the Navy for almost 90 years,” said Don…

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NAVAIR/NAWCAD team expedites prototype replacement for U.S. Navy’s MH-60S Gunner Seat

Applying accelerated acquisition strategies and rapid prototyping, the Naval Air Systems Command’s Aircrew Systems program office (PMA-202) is well underway toward fielding a replacement for the MH-60S Seahawk Gunner Seat by 2019. “The existing MH-60S Seahawk Gunner Seat has directly contributed to medical groundings, degraded mission performance and a growing number of chronic back injuries among service members,” said Capt. Dave Padula, PMA-202 program manager. This issue has been identified for several years as a top Helicopter Sea Combat community safety priority, and has now reached the number two safety priority for…

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Lincoln Completes First F-35 Carrier Qualification

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) successfully completed Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) Carrier Qualifications for the F-35C Lightning II program, carrier qualifying the first nine fleet aviators in the new aircraft, while underway Dec. 7-11. Along with Abraham Lincoln, the “Rough Raiders” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125, the “Grim Reapers” of VFA-101, and VX-9 accomplished many first steps including first-time use of Autonomic Logistic Information System (ALIS) aboard a carrier, and use of the Joint Precision Approach and Landing System (JPALS) in an operational setting. “Thanks to the tireless work…

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Lockheed Martin Awarded $22 Million for Paveway™ II Plus Laser-Guided Bombs

Lockheed Martin received a $22.8 million contract from the U.S. Air Force on behalf of the U.S. Navy to produce Paveway II Plus Laser Guided Bomb (LGB) kits. The award includes guidance kits and air foil groups (tail kits) for GBU-12 (500 pound) configuration LGBs, slated for delivery by fourth quarter 2019. The contract is a follow-on to the U.S. Air Force’s $131 million fiscal year 2017 LGB award. In that competition, Lockheed Martin secured the ninth consecutive majority share of available funding in the annual U.S. Air Force competition….

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Lockheed Martin’s Long Range Anti-Ship Missile Marks Another Successful Flight Test

Lockheed Martin successfully fired production-configuration Long Range Anti-Ship Missiles (LRASM) from a U.S. Air Force B-1B bomber. During the test over the Sea Range at Point Mugu, California, B-1B aircrew simultaneously launched two LRASMs against multiple maritime targets, meeting the primary test objectives, including target impact. “This continued success with LRASM provides confidence in its upcoming early operational capability milestone, putting a proven, unmatched munition into the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force inventories,” said David Helsel, LRASM program director at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “The successful flight…

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NAVAIR Putting Virtual Reality in New Flight Trainers

Naval Air Systems Command is looking to leverage virtual reality technology to build flight simulation trainers that are deployable, improve fidelity, make better use of actual training flights and save money. The Naval Aviation Training Systems program office is currently developing new trainers for the F/A-18 Super Hornet, TH-57 Sea Ranger training helicopter and T-45 Goshawk jet trainer, said Chris Foster, the program office’s lead for aviation warfare training development, during a Nov. 28, panel discussion on augmented, virtual and mixed reality in Navy training at the 2017 Interservice/Industry Training,…

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FRC East marks another F-35 milestone

Fleet Readiness Center East achieved another milestone for its support of the F-35 Lightning II program.The depot received its first U. S. Navy F-35C Lightning II, carrier variant, for maintenance Nov. 9. The aircraft was flown from Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. The F-35C is one of the aircraft needed for the Navy to declare Initial Operating Capability (IOC). According to a report submitted to the Congressional Defense Committees in 2013, the branch will declare IOC for the F-35C when the first operational squadron is equipped with 10 aircraft, and…

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Raytheon to provide advanced telemetry system for US Navy’s new Range Support Aircraft

 The U.S. Navy awarded Raytheon Company a $79 million contract to develop a new advanced telemetry system for the U.S. Navy’s Range Support Aircraft. The high-tech plane will replace the Navy’s aging telemetry test aircraft, which has been in service since the 1970s. Based within the Gulfstream G550 airborne early warning airframe, Raytheon’s modern solution will offer multi-role capabilities in telemetry data collection, range safety and surveillance, and communications relay. “It’s like replacing your old eight-track tapes with streaming digital music – there’s simply no comparison,” said Todd Callahan, Raytheon Naval and Area Mission Defense…

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NAVAIR hosts first orientation flight in a CH-53K King Stallion

Naval Air Systems Command and Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, hosted a ‘first of its kind’ orientation flight in the CH-53K King Stallion for Brig. Gen. Nir Nin-Nun, Israeli Air Force, Commander, Air Support and Helicopter Division, during a test flight Nov. 7. The 90-minute orientation flight included various operational maneuvers, landings and takeoffs, providing Nin-Nun a firsthand look at the unique and capabilities of the CH-53K available through full authority fly-by-wire flight controls. “This is the first time we have flown an international ally in the CH-53K,” said U.S. Marine Corps…

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Rockwell Collins completes ADS-B Out milestone on three NAVAIR aircraft platforms

Rockwell Collins recently completed the implementation of ADS-B Out software on C-2A, E2-C and P-3C aircraft for the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). The certified software brings these aircraft into compliance with the upcoming ADS-B Out mandates required by the end of 2019. “The mandates are quickly approaching and we’re enabling the P-3 community to achieve compliance,” said Dave Schreck, vice president and general manager of Airborne Solutions for Rockwell Collins. “We have a long history of success with each of these platforms, lowering the risk associated with this type…

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DRIFT NDI Method Used to Evaluate MV-22 Wing

An assignment to access the integrity of an MV-22 Osprey wing at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River in North Carolina earlier this year resulted in the validation of a non-destructive inspection (NDI) method that stands to save the Navy and Marine Corps millions of dollars in maintenance and repairs to the primarily composite-based airframe. “The Diffuse Reflectance Infrared Fourier Transform (DRIFT) is a portable spectrometer that can determine if a composite is heat damaged. We developed it to serve that purpose,” said Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) materials…

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Growler MOU Between RAAF & NAVAIR

The U.S. Navy and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to jointly develop the latest jammer technology. The Airborne Electronic Attack Systems and EA-6B Program Office (PMA-234) and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) will cooperatively mature the AN/ALQ-249 Next Generation Jammer Mid-band (NGJ-MB) capability from here forward. Program Executive Officer for Tactical Aircraft Programs U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Mike Moran, PMA-234 Program Manager U.S. Navy Capt. Michael Orr, and RAAF Air Vice Marshal Cath Roberts attended the event held at U.S. Pacific Fleet…

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