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Naval Research Laboratory AEW NP-3D (Rotordome)
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Costs and Scheduling -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Costs VXS-1 operates as a Service Cost Center within the framework of the Navy Working Capital Fund (NWCF). Accordingly, costs must be recovered via user fees/stabilized billing rate charges to customers. Customers are charged based on a fixed billing rate per flight hour and for project-specific reimbursable costs. Fuel costs are not included in flight hour rates. Fuel will be charged at the current DoD fuel rate. Additionally, to minimize rates charged to customers, and per NWCF financial policies, projects canceled by customers after work has begun will be charged for all direct costs associated with planning, material issues, and associated overhead expenses. Scheduling Projects (including both airborne projects and installations) shall not be considered "scheduled" until the Military Support Division (Code 1400) has received an Authorization to Charge Research Division Job Order Number form from the customer. A project can be "penciled in" on the long-range timeline upon receipt of a Flight Service Request form in order to facilitate planning, but the project shall not be moved to the monthly schedules without an Authorization to Charge. Notification Project managers are advised that the Authorization to Charge Research Division Job Order Number form should be received no later than 90 days before start of installation. If the form is not received and another project with funding requests the aircraft, sponsors shall be notified, and advised that they are being replaced on the schedule. Rates Customer Billing Rates are published each fiscal year. View Current Rates Forms Authorization to Charge Research Division Job Order Number Flight Service Request
Airborne Platforms
The Naval Research Laboratory Military Support Division and VXS-1 (formerly known as the Flight Support Detachment) provide airborne research platforms for the Naval Research Laboratory, the United States Navy, U.S. Government, and it's contract agencies. Located onboard the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC, the Military Support Division (Code 1400) is responsible for the scheduling, planning, and payment processing of airborne projects. Additionally, all military administration for the Laboratory is handled by the division. VXS-1 (Code 1600) maintains a fleet of three uniquely-configured, research-modified Lockheed NP-3D "Orion" aircraft and one RC-12. Located onboard the Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, MD, VXS-1 is responsible for the training, qualifications, and proficiency of all assigned personnel, as well as the maintenance of the research aircraft, and detachment coordination. Committed to safety, NRL has logged over 64,000 flight hours and completed over 42 years of accident free flying. This committment to safety has been recognized by VXS-1 being awarded the Chief of Naval Operations Aviation Safety Award.
CDR John J Coffey, USN
Naval Research Laboratory/VXS-1
4555 Overlook Ave SW, Code 1400 Washington DC 20375-5320
(202) 767-2273
Aircraft TypeNP-3D (Rotordome)
Payload250+ lbs
Endurance10+ hrs
CapabilityAN/APS-145 UHF B-band Radar
Airspeed Range250+
Runway Requirements8000
Max Takeoff Weight
Max Fuel Weight
Flight Crew8
Number of Seats3+
Airworthiness CertificateIAW NAVAIR
Typical UsesRange Clearance / CEC / Link / JTIDS Testing
Data System
Special Field Support Needs
Research Power
Cabin Environment
Rack Space Available
Available Inlets
Available Apertures
Available Hard Points
External Pods
Standard Instruments
Training RequirementsVaries
Communications8 UHF Radios (4 VHF capable) (3) KY-58 COMSEC (any radio) AUTOCAT Relay Maritime Band 2 HF Radios ANDVT COMSEC SATCOM LINK 4 / 11 / 16
Available Instruments
Other Systems
User Support
USG-3 CEC AN/APS-145 UHF B-band Radar 360 Degree/Long Range Detection Large track capacity Low radar cross section detection MkXII IFF system 360 Degree/IFF Decode Mode I, II, III, and IV Communications Suite 8 UHF Radios (4 VHF capable) (3) KY-58 COMSEC (any radio) AUTOCAT Relay Maritime Band 2 HF Radios ANDVT COMSEC SATCOM LINK 4 / 11 / 16
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