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US Navy completes back-to-back BQM-177 test flights off Japan

NAVAIR has revealed that the US Navy recently completed three back-to-back test flights off the coast of Japan with its newest subsonic aerial target – the BQM-177A – in preparation for the type achieving full operational capability later this year

USMC’s Harvest HAWK+ achieves full operational capability

US Naval Air Systems Command has revealed that the USMC’s Harvest HAWK+-configured Lockheed Martin KC-130J Hercules has achieved full operational capability

Nine more CH-53Ks ordered for USMC

Lockheed Martin subsidiary Sikorsky has been awarded a contract to build nine more CH-53K King Stallion in a deal which also includes a contract option for a further nine of these heavy-lift transport helicopters

Sierra Nevada wins KC-130J Harvest HAWK Plus contract

Sierra Nevada Corporation has been selected by NAVAIR to support the installation of the Harvest Hercules Airborne Weapons Kit (HAWK) onto two USMC-operated Lockheed Martin KC-130J tactical tanker-transports

US Navy to receive two more E-2Ds with upgraded software

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract to procure two additional E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Delta System/Software Configuration Build IV (DSSC-4) developmental test aircraft

NAVAIR launches major CV-22B nacelle redesign effort

Bell Boeing has received a US$81m contract to design and install nacelle modification kits and conversion area harnesses on US Air Force Special Operations Command’s fleet of CV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft

US Navy seeks to use C-130J-30 in TACAMO mission

The US Navy intends to field Lockheed Martin’s C-130J-30 Super Hercules in the Take Charge and Move Out (TACAMO) airborne survivable nuclear command, control and communications mission, after it posted a solicitation for test aircraft on December 18

US Navy seeks E-3D in-flight trainer for E-6B Mercury fleet

The US Navy seeks to procure a Boeing E-3D Sentry airborne early warning and control system for use as an in-flight trainer to reduce the wear on its E-6B Mercury command and control aircraft

Next-Gen Jammer Mid-Band pod development progresses

Development of the US Navy’s Next Generation Jammer Mid-Band (NGJ-MB) airborne electronic attack (AEA) pod has progressed, after it completed another test phase.

MV-22 upgrade, maintenance contract awarded to Bell-Boeing

Bell-Boeing awarded a contract to provide upgrades and maintenance on US Marine Corps (USMC) MV-22B Osprey tiltrotors.