Like a prizefighter needing a sparring partner between bouts, next-generation fighter aircraft and their operators require constant testing and training. They simply cannot wait until they face a real air-to-air engagement to find out if critical self-defense systems actually work. This is especially true for the many advanced electronic warfare systems being installed on the latest aircraft. Accurate simulation is the only way to provide that much-needed sparring partner. Continue reading
On October 28, the U.S. Navy awarded Boeing an $897.5 million contract for the procurement of 15 EA-18G Growler aircraft, plus their airborne electronic attack kits. With this production now assured, the replacement of one of the most essential components of the aircraft can also move closer to reality. Continue reading
by Shaun McDougall, Forecast International.
The U.S. Navy last month delivered to Congress a $2.7 billion procurement wish list, above and beyond the service’s $44.3 billion procurement tab in the FY16 base budget and $418.8 million for procurement contained in the Overseas Contingency Operations account. The bulk of the funding in the unfunded priorities list would pay for additional F/A-18F Super Hornets and F-35C Joint Strike Fighters.