by Stephen Carlson
Washington (UPI) Aug 23, 2017
The U.S. Navy and Coast Guard have rescued a contractor who ejected from his training aircraft more than a hundred miles off the coast of San Diego, Calif.
The pilot was transported to the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, the Union-Tribune reported. He was flying in support of the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group's pre-deployment exercises known as COMPTUEX. The cause of the pilot's ejection is currently unknown.
Contractors are often used for some flying tasks in exercises, due to the high costs of operating many military aircraft. The Hawker Hunter jet involved was flying to simulate an enemy plane.
Military flying arms are seeking to outsource many basic flying tasks involved with exercises to private contractors in order to save money. Pilot and aircraft shortages have also contributed to the increased use of contractors as training platforms acting as the enemy.
Private contractors have long been used by the U.S. military for basic flight training, but they are increasingly being used as simulated targets, electronic-warfare training emitters and for forward air controller certification.
The Air Force is planning to start contracting out more than 40,000 air training hours starting in 2019.
The Hawker Hunter is a single-seat fighter jet originally deployed by the British Royal Air Force and several other nations. It is considered obsolete for frontline use and is now primarily used as a training platform.
Washington (UPI) Aug 22, 2017
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics is receiving a $427.1 million order against an existing contract for ancillary and pilot flight equipment for F-35 Lightning II production, the Department of Defense announced on Monday. The equipment will go toward low-rate Lot 11 F-35 construction for the U.S. Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and foreign military participants in the program. The work will prim ... read more
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