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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Seventh Fleet aircraft locates missing mariners in Indian Ocean

A U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft located a missing fishing vessel July 10, after joining search efforts at the request of the Sri Lankan Navy. The vessel was located by an aircraft from the “Pelicans” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 45 assigned to U.S. 7th Fleet and flew out of Naval Support Facility Diego Garcia. “As we continue to explore the operational reach and agility of the P-8A Poseidon, the trust and relationships we build with our multi-national partners becomes more and more apparent in such a complex and…

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NAS Oceana 2018 Air Show Dates Announced

Naval Air Station Oceana will host the 2018 Air Show, scheduled to start at 8 a.m. Sept. 22 and 23. The event is free, open to the public and designed to showcase the skills of naval aviators and provide an opportunity to connect the military and local community. The theme of this year’s air show is Naval Air Station Oceana 75th Anniversary. Originally opened in 1943 in the mudflats of Virginia Beach, Naval Air Station Oceana is now the Navy’s East Coast Master Jet Base and home to all of…

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Whidbey Island Search-and-Rescue Sailors Safeguard Lives

The smell of pine trees and the peacefulness of rushing rivers in the high country is evident across much of the state of Washington. The region is a hiker’s dream. However, this beautiful landscape has a potentially lethal side that can claim the lives of even the most-experienced hikers. Luckily, sailors from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island’s Search and Rescue team are on 24-hour duty. Saving People “Our job is to go out and save people, whether it’s pulling them out from the water or from the side of a…

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U.S. Navy, Australia sign agreement for Triton UAS

The Australian government signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Navy June 25, to purchase up to six MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Air Systems (UAS). The MOU outlines the cooperative agreement between the two countries which will allow Australia to influence future design and development of the program. The Royal Australian Air Force plans to operate Triton alongside the P-8A Poseidon to support its maritime patrol and other surveillance roles. “Our team is eager to partner with Australia and enhance our ability to improve Australian and U.S. capabilities in…

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Rockwell Collins completes preliminary design review for U.S. Navy TCTS Inc. II program

Rockwell Collins has successfully completed the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) of the Tactical Combat Training System Increment II (TCTS Inc. II) program with the U.S. Navy and has been approved to begin detailed design work. Performed on schedule with the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Naval Aviation Training Systems (PMA-205) program office, the PDR was attended by U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) members in Cedar Rapids, Iowa from Feb. 20-23. “For a program of this complexity, the successful completion of PDR just 11 months after program award is a testament…

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USS John C. Stennis Gets Underway

USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) departed Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton, June 14. John C. Stennis is underway to conduct routine training, after embarking air wing in San Diego, in preparation for its next scheduled deployment. John C. Stennis Sailors are scheduled to carry out flight operations, damage control and firefighting training, seamanship training, medical training, and exercises designed to maintain technical and tactical proficiency in a variety of warfare areas.

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