Supported by a small army of transporters, the TRENTON slowly rolls  out from Austal USA's Assembly Bay 3 onto a deck barge, tended by tugs SCOTT QUEST, MOBILE POINT and ESCAMBIA. (US Navy)

Another Joint High Speed Vessel launched

Another Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) was launched from Austal USA’s Mobile, Alabama shipyard at the end of September, marking a half-way point in the construction of ten all-aluminum JHSVs for the US Navy. The Trenton (JHSV 5) was floated over a two-day period in a process involving several contractors. On Sept. 29, Berard Transportation…

Lots of contracts going out the Pentagon's door as the end of the fiscal year approaches.

At DoD, It’s Use-It-Or-Lose-It Season

As fiscal 2014 heads toward its close next week, the total potential value of contracts announced each day by the Pentagon is mounting. As tracked by @DoDContractsBot, the past two weeks — 10 business days — have seen seven days in which the total potential value of announced contracts topped $1 billion. Go back one more…

The Textron Scorpion taxis at National Airport, just outside Washington, ahead of the Air Force Association's national conference. (Textron)

Textron AirLand’s Scorpion Shows Off ISR Options in DC

The show floor at last week’s Air Force Association Air & Space Conference, held just outside Washington, was chock full of representatives from industry both big and small. Almost every defense contractor looking to do business with the Air Force had officials circling the floor, ready to ambush anyone wearing stars on their shoulders with a business pitch.…

The MQ-4C Triton lifts off from Northrop Grumman's facility in Palmdale, California on the afternoon of Sept. 17. (Northrop Grumman photo)

US Navy’s Triton UAV: 3,300 Miles Cross-Country – Unmanned

US Navy’s new Triton UAV makes first cross-country flight The US Navy’s new MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft completed its first cross-country flight on the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2014, taking about 11 hours to fly 3,290 nautical miles from Palmdale, California, to Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. Flying in restricted conditions through US…

Northrop's banner display at the 2014 AFA conference, held outside of DC. (Aaron Mehta/staff)

Subtlety, Thy Name Is Northrop Grumman

Much of the Air Force’s new long-range strike bomber program is shrouded in mystery. But that doesn’t mean the advertising about it has to be. The above image was taken at the Gaylord Hotel in National Harbor, Maryland, during this week’s Air Force Association Air & Space Conference. Northrop Grumman locked down the single biggest physical piece…