The Navy’s dream of building a sixth-generation manned carrier fighter could over before it even begins, 20 years before the first prototype might fly, reports Flightglobal’s Dave Majumdar.
The USN is working on the F/A-XX effort by itself. Not even the US Marine Corps, with which the USN’s tactical fighter force is integrated, has had any input into the F/A-XX.
The only place the money can come from is from within the F-35 programme, Gardner says. “There is a community in the Navy that says ‘let’s just skip the F-35C, let’s just keep buying F/A-18s and we’ll go and develop this other airplane,’” he says. “That’s very dangerous for the carrier because it makes the carrier irrelevant. They are not going to have first-day [of the war] capability. I’m absolutely convinced that if [the Navy does] not have stealth by the year 2022 to 2025 you will be irrelevant.”
Read more at DOD Buzz: http://www.dodbuzz.com/2012/05/04/report-navys-nextjetitis-irks-sibling-services/
Boeing’s CEO warns Washington: Get your act together
Boeing CEO Jim McNerney warned Tuesday that the threat of next year’s automatic, across-the-board budget growth reductions might force him to lay people off — even before the guillotine actually falls.
Big B, like all of America’s corporate titans, hates “uncertainty,” and Congress has outdone itself this time, McNerney said.
“Sequestration is the greatest example of Washington-induced uncertainty I’ve ever seen in my life,” he said. “Our reaction is to be very conservative … We have to anticipate the worst and hope for the best.”
read more about what McNerney said at DOD Buzz: http://www.dodbuzz.com/2012/05/08/boeings-ceo-warns-washington-get-your-act-together/
This week, General Dynamics’ Electric Boat yard delivered the Navy’s newest fast attack submarine, the future USS Mississippi, almost one year ahead of schedule. The sub’s contract delivery date was April 30, 2013, and the Navy got the metaphorical keys on May 2nd.
Several say says that defense acquisitions are broken and no one cares. So how is this possible?
read more at: http://www.dodbuzz.com/2012/05/03/the-navys-new-sub-comes-in-a-year-early-how/
to hedge its bet on the cost strapped JSF, the Navy has quietly released a “market survey” asking the big defense contractors for their “candidate[s]” for “strike fighter aircraft” in the decades to come.
The stealthy F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is supposed to one day make up 90 percent or more of America’s combat aviation power. But the program has been hit with all kinds of expensive technical glitches and delays. So the Navy has long hedged against the giant JSF bet by buying more of its beloved F/A-18 Super Hornet; that way, the Navy can keep flying modern fighters, even if the JSFs slip. With this “market survey,” the Navy appears to be making a second hedge: a Son of the Super Hornet – one that would come online after the F/A-18s are retired in the 2030s – just in case the JSF flames out entirely.
the new plane will share deck space and fly in a carrier air wing alongside the JSF and the Navy’s future carrier-based drone, currently known as the X-47B.
More from Gizmodo Story: http://gizmodo.com/5902595/navy-looks-for-new-jet-on-top-of-its-trillion+dollar-model
With the growth of in-flight Wifi on aircraft, the FAA has a posted a new draft policy statement that gives further guidance and acceptable practices on how to meet compliance with a specific federal regulations. the new policy comes at a time when even light commuter and utility aircraft are being equipped with inflight connectivity.
The FAA notes that safety issues related to the installation and use of the wireless RF system within the airplane include: potential interference with avionics systems; operation of personal electronic devices and a wireless RF system which is not fully built to airborne equipment standards; and vulnerability of airplane systems to intentional or spurious emission of RF energy.
Guidance released in 2010 by the FAA described an acceptable means for designing and demonstrating aircraft tolerance to potential electro magnetic interference from personal electronic devices. FAA advisory circular AC-20-164 identified RTCA document DO-307, which was borne out of a federal advisory committee.
The FAA’s new policy paper discusses compliance methods that should be applied to type certificate, amended type certificate, supplemental type certificate, and amended supplemental type certification programmes for Part 23 aircraft.
Link to original apex.aero blog posting:
Link to FAA policy statement:Installation of Wireless Local Area Network using IEEE 802.11 Protocols
Air force announced that its youngest B-52 strategic bomber is not sitting in some museum but still flying as the most active bomber mission aircraft on the Minot AFB. rolled off the assembly line in October of 1962, tail number 1040 is the youngster of a aging bombing fleet that expect to continue in service till 2040.
Few naval ships and other aircraft have such a long service in the us military. some examples are:
The US Navy has the soon to be decommissioned USS Enterprise (CVN-65) with fifty one years.
The Bell OH-58 Kiowa has been in service us Army service since 1969.
the US Marines have the CH-46E Sea Knight is the oldest with an average age of 42 years, but is closely followed by the CH-53D Sea Stallion (40 years) and UH-1N Huey (36 years)
DoDNews link: http://www.dodbuzz.com/2012/04/04/the-air-forces-newest-b-52-turns-50/
A neat look at the political play-by-play on the building of CVN 78, USS Gerald R Ford, and how an aircraft carrier can have a cost overrun while as it stays on schedule.
dodnews link: http://www.dodbuzz.com/2012/03/15/navy-confirms-cost-overrun-on-cvn-78/
from the drawing boards, two mock-ups, to huge laboratory test-beds, now to reality. the U.S. Navy has created and built with the help of BAE system, have a working railgun at Virginia a testing ground. The working prototype uses non-aerodynamic rounds to control distance and force.
the issue of electricity, shipboard EMC/EMI, and connection to the shipboard power grid are major hurdles still to overcome.
click on the link below to see a test video
More @ Gizmodo.com
President Obama sent a Valentine’s Day present to the aviation community, including the unmanned systems industry, signing the long-overdue Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) bill into law on 14 Feb., which includes important provisions on the integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the national airspace system.
Full story @ AUVSI Site
US Air force has announced that it has cancelled the efforts to develop the next generation of battlefield drones.
With the continued success of the Predator, RQ-170 and the other UAV and drone systems, the air force has cancelled the MQ-X drone efforts. Many believed the Predator C was the expected winning contender for of this effort.
Another noted issue was that the air force could not keep up the tempo of training enough operators to fly the 48 Reapers delivered each year so it has lower the number of Reapers delivered to 28 per year.
read more at DODBuzz