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Sikorsky's HH-60W combat rescue helicopter will replace the Air Force's aging HH-60G Pave Hawk fleet by the 2020s. Image: Sikorsky.

GAO: As Maintenance Builds, New Air Force Pave Hawk Replacement To Arrive Ahead of Schedule

The Air Force’s new combat search-and-rescue helicopters are slated to be delivered months early, but a new government-issued report detailing the current fleet of HH-60G Pave Hawks’ maintenance woes indicates the shift can’t come fast enough. The service has employed Pave Hawk helicopters for combat search-and-rescue missions since the 1980s, but the inventory has shrunk […]

Falcon Heavy lifts off from Florida during its first flight Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: SpaceX)

Senators Mulling Trump’s Space Force Roadmap

The road to President Donald Trump’s desired Space Force by 2020 requires congressional approval, and several senators have mixed feelings about the proposed effort to build a brand new service dedicated to space. The Pentagon and Vice President Mike Pence revealed Aug. 9 a roadmap to building a sixth service that could combine all of […]

Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., puts H.R. 6157 minibus bill on the floor Aug. 16, 2018. Photo: C-SPAN

Senate to Debate Defense Appropriations Next Week

The Senate on Wednesday put a bill to the floor that includes several fiscal year 2019 budgets, including defense, as the committee hopes to bring the legislation up for a vote as early as next week. The so-called “minibus” H.R. 6157 includes two FY‘19 appropriations measures, the Department of Defense bill and the Labor, Health […]

A U.S. Air Force T-38 training jet. (Air Force photo)

Air Force Inching Closer to T-X Contract Award

The Air Force has asked industry partners competing for the lucrative advanced pilot trainer program to submit their final proposal reviews (FPR), marking another step closer to awarding a T-X contract within the next couple of months. A source close to the competition confirmed that the FPR had been received by the competitors and was […]

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DoD Awards $28 Billion Multiple-Award R&D Contract

The Defense Department on Tuesday announced a multiple-award contract worth up to $28 billion to 15 companies and organizations for research and development work on the Defense Technical Information Center’s (DTIC) Information Analysis Center multiple award contract (IAC-MAC). The companies include: Adams Communications & Engineering Technology, Alion Science & Technology Corp.; BAE Systems; Battelle Memorial Institute; Booz Allen […]

An Atlas V rocket carrying the Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) GEO Flight 4 satellite lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Jan. 19, 2018. The SBIRS program delivers timely, reliable and accurate missile-warning and infrared surveillance information to the president of the United States, the secretary of defense, combatant commanders, the intelligence community and other key decision makers. (U.S. Air Force illustration by Airman 1st Class Dalton Williams)

Air Force Awards First Contract for New Missile Warning Satellite

Lockheed Martin [LMT] was awarded Tuesday a contract not to exceed $2.9 billion for three Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) Geosynchronous Earth Orbit Space Vehicles intended to enhance the U.S. military’s early missile warning and surveillance capabilities in space. The contract includes requirements analysis, design and development, critical path flight hardware procurement, early manufacturing and risk reduction […]

Falcon Heavy lifts off from Florida during its first flight Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: SpaceX)

Analysts: ‘Unanswered Questions’ For the Cost of a Space Force

A new Pentagon report released Aug. 9 described several potential steps and proposals to build up to President Donald Trump’s desired Space Force, but was scarce on cost estimates. The Defense Department’s final report to Congress said the department will lay out specific budget numbers for a potential Space Force when it releases its legislative […]

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Lockheed Martin Awarded Second Air Force Hypersonic Weapon Prototype Contract

The U.S. Air Force today awarded Lockheed Martin [LMT] a potential $480 million contract to design a second hypersonic weapon prototype. The contract will provide the critical design review, test and production readiness support for the Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) program. The “undefinitized” contract action authorizes Lockheed to begin work before the government reaches […]

An artist's rendering of a fighter jet armed with a laser weapon. (Credit: Air Force Research Lab)

Air Force Awards Contract for New Tech to Combat Laser Attacks

The Air Force last Friday awarded UES Inc., a Dayton, Ohio-based science-and-technology firm, a $49.1 million contract to develop new technologies to help counter laser attacks against its aircraft. The indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for research and development is associated with the service’s flash and laser airborne protection system (FLAPS) program. The contract, managed by the Air […]

President Donald Trump signed the fiscal year National Defense Authorization Act into law Aug. 13, 2018 at Ft. Drum, New York. Photo: C-SPAN

Trump Signs $716 Billion NDAA Into Law

President Donald Trump signed into law Monday H.R. 5155, the fiscal year 2019 John McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), authorizing a $716 billion budget, a pay raise for troops and a boost in military end strength. Vice President Mike Pence introduced the president on stage at Ft. Drum, N.Y., home of the Army’s 10th […]