Archive: Navy/USMC

The future USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) arrives at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia on April 14, 2017, after returning from builder's sea trials. (Photo by U.S. Navy)

Navy And Congress Grapple With How To Increase Fleet And Maintain Shipbuilders

Members of Congress and Navy officials grappled this week with how to maintain shipbuilders, lower costs, and increase the size of the Navy towards the 355-ship goal given long timelines and limited shipyards. During a Tuesday hearing of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, Rep. Mike Conway (R-Texas) inquired about changing […]

A F-35C on the USS Nimitz during 2014 testing. Photo: Navy.

F-35’s Next Development Phase Could Cost Nearly $11 Billion

The follow-on development phase for the U.S. Department of Defense’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is expected to cost about $10.9 billion over seven years, the program’s leader said March 7. If the development plan is approved by DoD and service leaders, the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy will cover $7.2 billion of the […]


Navy Backers In Congress Unsatisfied With Navy’s FY ’19 Budget

Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower, called the Trump administration’ FY ’19 Navy budget shipbuilding request not “robust” enough compared to what he thinks it needs. The Navy requested about $22 billion to build 10 ships in FY ’19, which is only a modest increase over the FY […]

An F-35B Lightning II with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 touches down on the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1), marking the first time the aircraft has deployed aboard a U.S. Navy ship and with a Marine Expeditionary Unit in the Indo-Pacific.  VFMFA-121, assigned under the Okinawa-based 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, will remain embarked aboard Wasp for a regional patrol meant to strengthen regional alliances, provide rapid-response capability, and advance the Up-Gunned ESG concept. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel Barker/Released)

F-35B Makes Maiden Voyage Aboard USS Wasp Amphib In Pacific

In a first for the short-takeoff vertical-landing capable aircraft, several Marine Corps F-35Bs landed on the USS Wasp (LHD-1) for deployment aboard the Navy big-deck amphibious assault ship. The detachment of F-35s, assigned to Fighter Attack Squadron 121 (VMFA-121), alit on the Wasp’s deck March 5 to begin a deployment in the Asia-Pacific with the […]


Navy Requests Relatively Modest $1.5 Billion In Unfunded Priorities List

The Navy requested a relatively modest $1.5 billion in spending in its FY ’19 unfunded priorities list, with no additional aircraft or ships requested. The annual list sent to Congress in late February with projects not funded under the formal budget request process is much smaller than the $5.3 billion FY ’18 list. That one […]

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Photo by Lockheed Martin.

Lockheed Martin Studying How To Widely Share F-35 Sensor Data

Lockheed Martin [LMT] is exploring how the wealth of sensor data collected by its F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will be distributed to a wide range of air, land and sea forces, a company official said March 5. The F-35’s “amazing suite of information-gathering technology,” including the Multi-Mission Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Radar and the […]

Artist rendering of Lockheed Martin's HELIOS laser weapons system. (Image: Lockheed Martin)

HELIOS Laser To Be First Fully Integrated On U.S. Ship

Lockheed Martin’s [LMT] new $150 million contract to develop and build two High Energy Laser and Integrated Optical-dazzler with Surveillance (HELIOS) weapon systems for the Navy marks several first including the first laser weapon fully integrated for the lifetime of a U.S. Navy ship. The Navy awarded the contract in late January and expects the […]

Hill Air Force Base F-35As fly in formation over the Utah Test and Training Range, March 30, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/R. Nial Bradshaw)

F-35 Program Chief Seeks Faster Cost Cuts

The head of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter’s joint program office (JPO) says he is not satisfied with the pace at which the jet’s price is falling. Navy Vice Adm. Mat Winter told reporters Feb. 28 that the cost needs to decline more quickly to keep the aircraft affordable, especially with the number of operational jets […]

Type 26 Global Combat Ship
Image: BAE Systems

Lockheed Martin Wins BAE Subcontract To Supply VLS To UK’s New Type 26 Frigates

BAE Systems awarded Lockheed Martin [LMT] a contract for an undisclosed sum to supply the MK 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS) for the UK Royal Navy’s new Type 26 frigates. BAE is the prime contractor for Britain’s new Type 26 Global Combat Ship (GCS) frigates. The VLS is capable of launching anti-air, anti-submarine, surface-to-surface, and […]

Northrop Grumman's PS-80 Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar (G/ATOR)

Marine Corps Approves Northrop’s G/ATOR For Early Fielding

Marine Corps officials have approved Northrop Grumman’s [NOC] PS-80 Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) for early fielding, paving the way to deploy the radar to two of its Air Control Squadrons, the company said on Wednesday. Northrop said the latest milestone allows for the company to deliver the final Lot 1 and Lot 2 Low Rate […]