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Global V-22 Osprey fleet grounded following fatal crash in Japan

A USAF-operated CV-22B Osprey was lost off Yakushima Island, Japan, on November 29, killing all eight airmen on board and resulting in a global operational stand-down of the tiltrotor

US Coast Guard flies first missionized HC-27J Spartan

The US Coast Guard (USCG) conducted the initial flight of its first missionized HC-27J Spartan at NAS Patuxent River in Maryland on September 6

USMC's first CH-53K test aircraft completes final flight

US Naval Air Systems Command announced on June 9 that the first Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion test aircraft had been retired from use after the heavy-lift transport helicopter completed its final flight earlier in the month

Final USMC TAV-8B to complete overhaul returns to VMA-223

Another major milestone in the drawing down of the USMC’s McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II programme has been passed by the US Navy’s Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) after it recently completed the final overhaul of the last dual-seat TAV-8B fighter-trainer at MCAS Cherry Point in North Carolina

NAVAIR completes 50th RESET maintenance process on CH-53E

US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) announced on September 28 that it has completed the 50th RESET maintenance process on the USMC's Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion heavy-lift transport helicopter fleet

Work progressing on E-3D to E-6B trainer conversion

US Naval Air Systems Command provided an update on October 4 on the progress being made on conversion of a former Royal Air Force Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW1 into an E-6B Mercury in-flight trainer for the US Navy

US Navy demos new mine countermeasure prototype on MQ-8C Fire Scout

The US Navy has recently demonstrated new mine countermeasure prototype technology aboard a Northrop Grumman MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter at Eglin AFB in Florida

US Navy orders two additional MQ-4C Tritons

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp has been awarded a contract for two additional low-rate initial production (LRIP) Lot 5 MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft systems for the US Navy

‘Tailored’ F-35 variant contract announced for mystery customer

A contract by the US DOD recently revealed that Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $49m contract to design and develop a tailored variant of the F-35 Lightning II for an unspecified Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customer

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