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If Congress Punts Spending Bill, Navy’s New Frigate Would Suffer

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The Navy is looking to get a new class of frigates in the water as soon as possible, but the budget wrangling between Congress and the White House might mean that gets put on hold.

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Navy Backing Off 355 Ships, But Closer on Refueling Drone

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There was some good news, and some bad news, for the Navy on Monday.

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No New Ships: Trump Cuts Navy Shipbuilding, Aircraft Procurement

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


PENTAGON: Despite his campaign pledge of a 350-ship fleet, President Trump’s first budget cuts Navy shipbuilding and aircraft procurement below what was enacted in 2017, documents released today reveal. Despite Trump’s criticism of President Obama’s defense plans, this budget sticks with Obama’s shipbuilding plan for 2018: eight ships. And it actually buys eight fewer aircraft… Keep reading →

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Fire Scout Drone’s First At-Sea Takeoff

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Fire Scout makes it look easy to take off from a destroyer. It’s not. In video released today (above), the MQ-8C helicopter takes off from the destroyer Jason Dunham with its eyes closed — or rather with its cockpit windows painted over, because there’s nobody inside. Though derived from the widespread Bell 407, the Northrop… Keep reading →

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Fire Scout Grows Up: Drone Getting Radar, Rockets, 2016 IOC

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


NATIONAL PRESS CLUB: They get so big, so fast. Once a child-sized helicopter that could just collect reconnaissance imagery, the Navy’s MQ-8 Fire Scout has graduated to a bigger airframe that will also carry a maritime search radar and laser-guided rockets. The tentative plan is to kick off the competition for the new radar with… Keep reading →

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Can Fire Scout Drone Help Save LCS?

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


At 11 years old, the robot helicopter called the MQ-8 Fire Scout is a at least a preadolescent. But ever since the reconnaissance drone’s first flight in 2002, it’s had one big problem: It’s a little bit…little. So, at the Navy’s request, manufacturer Northrop Grumman basically did a brain transplant. It put the Fire Scout’s… Keep reading →

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