Tag Archives: NAVAIR

Marine Corps Achieves Full Operational Capability of New KC-130J Tanker Configuration; Capt. Steve Nassau Quoted

KC-130J w/ HH+

The KC-130J tanker's new configuration achieved full operational capability at the U.S. Marine Corps when the service received its 10th unit of the modified aircraft on Aug. 26. Fleet Marine Forces now has a complete set of aircraft modified with the Harvest Hercules Airborne Weapons Kit Plus, which succeeds the old HH system and equips the KC-130J with a new electro-optical/infrared multi-sensor imaging technology, Naval Air Systems Command said Monday.

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Navy Engines Project Gains Access to DOD Supercomputers for Simulation Testing; Rear Adm. John Lemmon Quoted

Rear Adm. John Lemmon

An engines project of the Naval Air Warfare Center aircraft division will gain access to the Department of Defense’s supercomputers, which will aid in conducting simulation tests of naval aviation engines before actual demonstration in a laboratory. As part of the High Performance Computing Modernization Program Frontier Project portfolio, NAWCAD engineers can leverage the computers’ predictive modeling without having to risk actual resources for live demos. 

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Navy Announces Delivery of 1st Redesigned Tactical Fighter Under F-5 Block Upgrade Prototype Project; Capt. Ramiro Flores Quoted

F-5N Aircraft

The first F-5N aircraft has been delivered to Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland to kick off flight and ground tests of the redesigned F-5 tactical fighter jet as part of a prototyping project meant to improve readiness and safety. The delivered aircraft is one of the three F-5N planes that will be used as prototypes in the F-5 block upgrade project.

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Navy Department Receives 100th Viper Helicopter Delivery; Col. Vasilios Pappas Quoted

AH-1Z Viper Attack

Naval Air Systems Command has received its 100th delivery of the AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter, which Is intended for use by the U.S. Marine Corps. AH-1Z is designed to perform armed reconnaissance, close air support, armor penetration and anti-air operations, NAVAIR said Friday.

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NAVAIR Program Officials Highlight Aircraft Fielding, Sustainment Efforts


Maj. Gen. Gregory Masiello, program executive officer for air anti-submarine warfare, assault and special mission programs at Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), said during the 2021 Sea-Air-Space Expo that the Navy will deploy a new variant of the Osprey tiltrotor aircraft onboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson soon.

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Navy Flight Tests MQ-4C With New Multi-Mission Sensor for First Time; Capt. Dan Mackin Comments

MQ-4C Triton

The U.S. Navy has conducted its first test flight of the MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system in the new Integrated Functional Capability-4 configuration at Naval Air Station Patuxent River. The surveillance aircraft demonstrated its stability and control following a 30-month multi-mission sensor upgrade process. 

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Navy Now Ready to Use New Precision Landing System on Aircraft Carriers

Navy Landing System

The U.S. Navy has declared the initial operational capability of a Raytheon Technologies-made system designed to guide aircraft landing on naval carriers and amphibious assault ships. The Joint Precision Approach and Landing System achieved IOC on May 4 and is now ready to facilitate aircraft landings on naval ships, Naval Air Systems Command said May 18th.

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Vertex Aerospace Receives $881M NAVAIR CLS Contract; CEO Ed Boyington Quoted

Ed Boyington

Vertex Aerospace announced on Tuesday that the company has been awarded a potential six-year, $882 million Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) task order from the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) to provide supply chain management for the E-6B Mercury Airborne Command Post (ABNCP) and Take Charge and Move Out (TACAMO) missions.

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V-22 Tiltrotor Program Office Eyes Survivability, Medium-Lift Capability Updates; Col. Matthew Kelly Quoted

V-22 Osprey

Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) is working with the U.S. Marine Corps to improve the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft’s survivability and establish its assault-support elements in high-threat situations. Kelly noted that his office is also looking into implementing helmet-mounted visualization technologies for the MV-22 variant for missions in degraded environments.

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