Navy Conducts Unprecedented Flyover for President George H.W. Bush

December 6, 2018 – The act of conducting a ceremonial flyover is nothing new for naval aviators, but the flyover that occurred Dec. 6 is one that has never occurred before in our Navy’s history. At approximately 4:15 p.m. (CST), aviators from various squadrons assigned to Commander, Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic (CSFWL) and Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic (CNAL) flew an unprecedented 21 jet flyover at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library to honor the former naval aviator and president at his interment in College Station, Texas. Following six days…

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Boeing Awarded $204 Million Contract for F/A-18 Super Hornet, Growler Modifications

October 26, 2018 – Boeing will continue its nearly 20-year legacy of F/A-18 modification work under a new $204 million contract award from the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command. The sole-source contract, which covers inspections, modifications and repair work on U.S. Navy F/A-18E/F Super Hornets and EA-18G Growlers, has a base option of $62 million. “Our team, many of whom are Navy and Marine Corps veterans, understand the critical need for aircraft readiness and mission availability,” said retired Adm. Pat Walsh, vice president of U.S. Navy & Marine Corps Services…

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Navy awards Next Generation Jammer Low Band contracts

October 25, 2018 – The U.S. Navy awarded Demonstration of Existing Technologies (DET) contracts Oct. 25 valued at approximately $36 million each to L3 Technologies Communications Systems West and Northrop Grumman Corp. Mission Systems in support of the Next Generation Jammer Low Band (NGJ-LB) capability. The Airborne Electronic Attack (AEA) Systems and EA-6B Program Office (PMA-234) headquartered here manages the NGJ-LB program. NGJ-LB is an external jamming pod that is part of a larger NGJ weapon system that will augment and, ultimately, replace the aging ALQ-99 Tactical Jamming System currently…

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US Navy Awards Northrop Grumman $35.1 Million Contract for Next Generation Jammer–Low Band Demonstration of Existing Technologies

October 25, 2018 – The U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a $35.1 million, 20-month contract to demonstrate existing technologies for the low-band frequency jammer, the second increment of the Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) program. Northrop Grumman has been the Navy’s airborne electronic attack integrator for more than 50 years. In addition to its work on NGJ Low Band (NGJ-LB), the company continues to support the fleet with advanced electronic attack capabilities. The NGJ system will augment, and ultimately replace the EA-18G Growler aircraft’s aging ALQ-99 tactical jammer with…

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U.S. Navy holds ceremony to mark first dedicated UAS test squadron

October 18, 2018 – The U.S. Navy commissioned its first Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) test and evaluation squadron during a ceremony Oct. 18 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River’s Webster Outlying Field. The new unit, Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (UX) 24, flies over 23 fixed and rotary wing UAS including the MQ-8 Fire Scout, RQ-20 Puma, RQ-21 Blackjack, RQ-26 Aerostar and a number of commercial systems. During the ceremony, Cmdr. Matthew Densing officially assumed leadership of UX-24. “This squadron centralizes the Navy’s technical excellence in unmanned aviation,” said Densing.…

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Peraton Secures $23 Million NAVAIR Contract

September 26, 2018 – Peraton has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Department of the Navy to provide propulsion and engineering systems support to the Naval Air System Command’s (NAVAIR) Propulsion and Power Engineering Department. The contract has a total ceiling of $23.5 million for one base year, plus four option years. “Peraton offers a deep understanding of the dynamic naval aviation environment, and the technical skill and agility essential to advance the Navy’s mission” “Peraton offers a deep understanding of the dynamic naval aviation environment, and the technical skill…

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Lockheed Martin Secures eCASS Contract

September 4, 2018 – The U.S. Navy awarded Lockheed Martin a seven-year contract worth up to more than $500 million to build and deliver more than 200+ electronic Consolidated Automated Support Systems (eCASS) to maximize aircraft readiness. The previous Navy CASS contract awarded in 2000 to Lockheed Martin was worth $287 million. According to Navy Naval Air Systems Command, eCASS saves the Navy money by averting the repair of avionics at the next level of maintenance or sending the parts back to the original equipment manufacturer. Sailors use eCASS to…

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U.S. Navy Awards Boeing $805 million MQ-25 Contract

August 30, 2018 – Boeing will build the U.S. Navy’s first operational carrier-based unmanned aircraft, the MQ-25 aerial refueler, through an $805 million contract awarded today. Boeing was awarded the engineering and manufacturing development contract to provide four aircraft. Boeing plans to perform the MQ-25 work in St. Louis. “As a company, we made an investment in both our team and in an unmanned aircraft system that meets the U.S. Navy’s refueling requirements,” said Leanne Caret, president and CEO, Boeing Defense, Space & Security. “The fact that we’re already preparing…

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Pax River ITF to conduct first-time trials onboard partner nation’s carrier

August 29, 2018 – After years of partnership within the F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office, U.S. and United Kingdom team members from the F-35 Pax River Integrated Test Force (ITF) eagerly anticipate the First of Class Flight Trials (FOCFTs) onboard the U.K.’s newest aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, this fall. When the first two fifth-generation F-35Bs – piloted by the ITF’s Royal Navy Cmdr. Nathan Gray and Royal Air Force Sqn. Ldr. Andrew Edgell – touch down on the carrier’s deck, the historic moment will be a tremendous step in…

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CACI Awarded Prime Position on $980M Multiple-Award Contract to Support Naval Air Warfare Center

August 23, 2018 – CACI International Inc announced today that it was awarded a prime position on a multiple-award, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract to support the design and manufacture of training systems and related equipment for the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD). The nine-year contract, with a ceiling value of $980 million, represents new work for CACI in its Logistics and Material Readiness market area. NAWCTSD is the principal source of a wide spectrum of training solutions for the U.S. Navy that advance training systems and improve…

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Naval Test Pilot School’s Flying Classroom Takes First Flight

August 22, 2018 – The U.S. Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) conducted its first flight of Airborne Systems Training and Research Support (ASTARS) III, Tuesday, August 21. The first flight objective validated the aircraft’s Naval subsystems ahead of its addition to the USNTPS’ class 155 syllabus which began last month. Class 155 will be the first class leveraging ASTARS III for all systems flight test events. ASTARS III, the third generation of flying classroom supporting the USNTPS curriculum, is a custom tailored C-26A Metroliner equipped with military equipment and subsystems.…

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New training aircraft expected to help PLA Navy pilots polish carrier skills

August 14, 2018 – China’s latest trainer aircraft, delivered recently to the People’s Liberation Army Navy, is expected to help improve the training of pilots based on aircraft carriers. The PLA Navy said in a statement last week that its Naval Aviation University in Shandong province had held a commissioning ceremony for a new type of trainer jet at an unidentified naval airport along the Bohai Sea. The statement said the aircraft is a third-generation trainer jet developed by the Aviation Industry Corp of China’s Hongdu Aviation Industry Group in…

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Future of U.S. Navy Onboard Delivery Missions

August 10, 2018 – “Power.” “Nacelles.” “Brakes, brakes, brakes.” “Power steering.” “Aft cyclic.” These are the calls MV-22 Osprey pilots relay as they come in for a landing on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) while testing some of the Department of the Navy’s newest and most innovative aircraft. In August 2018, Osprey pilots successfully tested rolling landing and takeoffs in excess of 57,000 pounds on the flight deck of the ship. This key capability allows the Osprey to haul more weight than…

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Chinese Navy commissions JL-10H advanced trainers

China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) commissioned Hongdu JL-10H advanced trainers in a ceremony at Naval Aeronautical University. According to local media, PLAN received a new batch of twelve Hongdu JL-10H advance jet trainers designed and manufactured by Hongdu Aviation Industry Group (HAIG) of China. The use of such an advanced trainer jet at university-level training programs shows the PLA Navy is exploring a more streamlined training system which will conclude after only two stages at the university and the navy. This is a significant streamlining of the previous process,…

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