Thursday, October 9, 2014
The Navy this month launched AIRWorks, an initiative to more quickly develop and bring to the field weapons to meet U.S. military needs. It's modeled after Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works and Boeing's Phantom Works. The Naval Air Systems' AIRWorks at Patuxent River, Md., has completed several projects over the past year as the organization was taking shape, including bulletproofing V-22 tiltrotor aircraft for the Air Force and adding rockets to the Fire Scout unmanned helicopter. (Source: Reuters, 10/08/14) Gulf Coast note: V-22s are used by Air Force Special Operations at Hurlburt Field, Fla.; finishing work on Fire Scouts is done in Moss Point, Miss., by Northrop Grumman.