US Navy Tests Next Generation Jammer On EA-18G Growler

The Navy completed the first mission systems flight test of the Next Generation Jammer Mid-Band (NGJ-MB) on an EA-18G Growler on Aug. 7, the service said Monday.

The flight was conducted by Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., as a Safety of Flight checkout to make sure the jammer pods can be safely flown on the aircraft for future follow-on flights.

The NGJ program is how Naval Air Systems Command plans to replace and augment the legacy ALQ-99 tactical jammer system currently used by Growlers. The new jammer is split into low-, mid- and high-band frequency increments and aims to help counter and defeat enemy air defense and communications systems via an external jamming pod attached to the aircraft.


U.S. Navy Blue Angels Get New ?Fat Albert?

On June 24, 2019 NAVAIR (Naval Air Systems Command) announced that the acquisition of a new ?Fat Albert?, the Blue Angels? logistics cargo plane, has been approved on June 13. The iconic C-130T is being replaced by a C-130J Super Hercules, which will be delivered in spring 2020 following a $29.7 million contract awarded to the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence.

The ?new? C-130J is actually a divested UK aircraft and was chosen because of the major cost savings. According to the statement provided by NAVAIR ?cost savings associated with acquisition of the used aircraft and other airworthiness requirements is approximately $50 million less than the cost of a new aircraft.?


Sikorsky?s $31B Marine helicopters are running 19 months late

Lockheed Martin Corp.’s $31 billion King Stallion helicopter program for the U.S. Marines may miss its first key milestone by more than 19 months because of a growing checklist of flaws discovered in development testing. The Naval Air Systems Command acknowledged that the helicopter designed to carry heavy cargo won’t meet its December target date for initial combat capability. The roster of unresolved technical deficiencies has grown to 106 items from about 94 logged in December, according to Navy documents.


Army Aviation leadership examines sustainment model with Navy

Senior leaders from the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command met with the senior leaders from the Naval Air Systems Command, Jan. 8, to discuss the Army Aviation sustainable materiel readiness structure and compare it to the Navy?s structure.

?The Navy is looking at our best practices and asking how they can adopt and incorporate some of those practices,? explained Col. Shawn Prickett, AMCOM Chief of Staff. ?They do not have a command that equates to what AMCOM does, so they want to see how we do business.?


Colonels discuss state of Marine aviation

The colonels leading the four main Marine Corps aircraft programs at Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) gathered at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum Dec. 4 for a panel discussion on the state of Marine aviation.

Before an audience of mostly industry representatives and fellow Marines, the program managers?Col. Matthew Kelly (V-22 Osprey), Col. David Walsh (H-1 helicopters), Col. John Neville (small tactical unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)) and Col. Jack Perrin (H-53 helicopters)?each detailed the work currently underway inside their programs.


Transforming the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command, with thanks to MIT

For the past three years, the Department of Defense?s Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) organization has committed to a different kind of mission than any it has pursued before ? to transform their engineering acquisition capabilities to a model-based design. Their goal is to shorten the timeline from beginning to delivery without lacking quality or precision.

Since early in 2017, an essential part of implementing that transformation has been NAVAIR?s participation in the MIT program, ?Architecture and Systems Engineering: Models and Methods to Manage Complex Systems,? a four-course online course on model-based systems engineering.

Contract Imminent for Unmanned Carrier-Based Tanker Program

A program that could revolutionize maritime warfare is about to enter its next phase as the Navy moves to launch unmanned tankers off of aircraft carriers within the next decade.

Once fielded, the MQ-25 Stingray will provide the service with a ?robust, organic refueling capability to make better use of Navy combat strike fighters and extend the range of the carrier air wing with an increased fuel offload capability,? Capt. Chad Reed, unmanned carrier aviation program manager told National Defense in an email.

Naval Air Systems Command is expected to award a fixed-price engineering, manufacturing and development contract to one of three competitors for the program ? Boeing, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems or Lockheed Martin ? by the end of this summer, less than a year after proposals were submitted.