The Air Force?s new trainer jet is attracting the Navy?s and Marine Corps? interests

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. ? The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps are monitoring the development of the Air Force?s T-X training jet, but it may be years before they can launch their own competitions to replace the T-45, officials said Monday.

?We?re watching the T-X. Obviously the Air Force is going through that process,? Lt. Gen. Steven Rudder, the Marine Corps? deputy commandant for aviation, said during a panel at the Navy League?s Sea-Air-Space conference.


A US Marine F-35 Squadron Will Deploy on a British Aircraft Carrier in 2021

A?Marine Corps?F-35B Joint Strike Fighter?squadron will make history by deploying aboard the British Royal Navy’s newest aircraft carrier — the first?deployment?of its kind and one that could serve as a model for the new normal, a three-star general said.

Members of a Marine F-35B squadron are preparing to deploy on the aircraft carrier Queen Elizabeth in 2021. The deployment has long been in the works, Lt. Gen. Steven Rudder, head of Marine Corps aviation, said at the annual Sea-Air-Space conference just outside Washington, D.C.

“It’s going to be a wonderful new way — and I will offer, potentially a new norm — of doing coalition combined allied operations with a maritime partner,” Rudder said.


Has safety improved a year after Navy and Marine aviation crisis?

Aviation woes continue to dog the Navy and Marines but ongoing reforms will make a difference, the top flight officers for both services predicted Friday.

A year ago, Navy and Marine squadrons reeled from a rising number of aviation-related mishaps. The Navy?s mishap rate had jumped 82 percent over the last five years, and the Marines’ had leaped 80 percent, largely driven by incidents involving Hornet and Super Hornet fighters.

Those aircraft suffered from a defense spending crunch, a lack of spare parts, too few planes available to fly and a dip in the number of experienced pilots and maintainers on duty.

Marines kill target with HIMARS and F-35 in devastating pairing

According to Lt. Gen. Steven R. Rudder, deputy commandant for aviation, the U.S. Marine Corps have achieved a milestone when a target was destroyed by connecting an F-35B Lightning II aircraft with a HiMARS rocket shot for the first time.

“We were able to connect the F-35 to a HIMARS, to a rocket shot ? and we were able to target a particular conex box,” Rudder told audience members on Oct. 8, 2018, at an aviation readiness discussion at the Center for Strategic & International Studies, or CSIS, Marine Corps Times reported.

The integration occurred during Marines’ latest weapons and tactics course at Yuma, Arizona: the F-35 gathered the target location using its high-end onboard sensors and shared the coordinates of the target to the HIMARS system via datalink in a “sensor to shooter” scenario. The HIMARS unit then destroyed the target.