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Naval Research Laboratory NP-3D
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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
Configurable Interiors Project/Research Electrical Load Centers Modified Bomb-Bay pallets 20” floor rails to accommodate up to 10 equipment/operator consoles totaling up to 4500 lbs total weight Support up to 11 project specialist on flights over 12 hours long Aircraft Navigational data access Wing wiring to support up to 10 external pod’s Research configured nose/tail Project dedicated static pressure port Project Communication Lower sono-door system
CDR John J Coffey, USN
Naval Research Laboratory/VXS-1
4555 Overlook Ave SW, Code 1400 Washington DC 20375-5320
(202) 767-2273
Aircraft TypeLockheed Martin NP-3D, fixed wing, twin prop aircraft
Endurance10+ hrs
Airspeed Range250+
Runway Requirements8000
Max Takeoff Weight
Max Fuel Weight
Flight Crew8
Number of Seats11
Airworthiness CertificateIAW NAVAIR
Typical Uses
Data System
Special Field Support Needs
Research Power
Cabin Environment
Rack Space AvailableEach aircraft has been equipped with a floor mounted "track" system which allows for rapid installation of equipment "racks" and the flexibility to reposition scientific equipment as necessary to keep the aircraft within the structural restrictions for weight and balance. Additionally, an overhead rack system has been incorporated to allow the tops of project racks to be secured. These features allow for the quick installation of projects, adherence to rigid structural strength requirements for airborne equipment, and increased flight safety in all regimes, including smooth weather, turbulence and steep angle of bank turns.
Available Inlets
Available Apertures
Available Hard Points
External PodsSeveral of the aircraft have had their "Bomb Bay" doors and hardware removed and a "Bomb Bay Pallet" installed. Along with this modification, a "data feed through" system is installed. This standardized pallet system allows our customers to install and test equipment in a laboratory environment prior to final installationl on the aircraft. Additionally the pallet can be installed onto the aircraft in a minimal amount of time, with a lower rate of problems. This time saving measure increases aircraft availability by reducing equipment install and deinstall time. Some of the aircraft (154587, 154589) have been equipped with a standardized fiber-optic wing wiring system. This system allows for the seamless collection of data from wing mounted sensors and pods at high rates of data flow, and free from environmental errors common to hard wired based systems. In addition, the standardized system allow 154589 and 154587 to fulfill similar functions for projects. This allows for greater aircraft flexibility and availability by providing the user with several assets to choose from at any time.
Standard InstrumentsAPS-137 RADAR MK-20
Training RequirementsVaries
Communications2 UHF Radios KY-58 COMSEC Maritime Band 2 HF Radios SATCOM
Available Instruments
Other Systems
User Support
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