Archive: Air Force

F-22 Raptors from Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., taxi after landing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio for safe haven, Oct. 9, 2018. The F-22 is one of several planes taking safe haven at Wright-Patterson AFB as Hurricane Michael threatens their home station. (U.S. Air Force photo by Wesley Farnsworth)

Air Force Officials: Extent of Damage to F-22s at Tyndall Still Unknown

The Air Force continues to assess the potential damage to multiple F-22 Raptor fighter jets inflicted last week by Hurricane Michael at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. It remains to be seen exactly how many aircraft were impacted and the extent of the damage, Air Force officials said Oct. 14. Air Force leadership declined to […]

Guard Response Limited By Number of Aviation Assets, Lengyel Says

In discussing the National Guard Bureau’s response to Hurricane Michael last week, Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel, chief of the National Guard Bureau, said that the Guard needs more aviation assets, particularly Boeing [BA] CH-47 Chinooks, for on-call response to contingencies, including national disasters. “Aviation is almost always a limiting factor,” Lengyel told the Defense […]

BF-17, Major Richard "BC" Rusnok & BF-18, LtCol Jon "Miles" Ohma

Majority of F-35 Aircraft Cleared For Flight After Fuel Tube Tests

Less than a week after the Pentagon’s entire fleet of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters was temporarily grounded to investigate a suspect fuel tube, the majority of the aircraft are back to flight-ready status, officials said Oct. 15. More than 80 percent of domestic and internationally based F-35s have been cleared and returned to flight operations, […]

Hill Air Force Base F-35As fly in formation over the Utah Test and Training Range, March 30, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/R. Nial Bradshaw)

Engine Developers Win IDIQ Awards to Develop New Tech for Air Force

Rolls-Royce on Thursday was awarded a $100 million contract to develop new advanced turbine engine technologies for the Air Force. The indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract is for phase 1 of the service’s Advanced Turbine Technologies for Affordable Mission-Capability (ATTAM) program. Awardees will “develop, demonstrate, and transition advanced turbine propulsion, power and thermal technologies that provides improvement […]

Two Boeing-Saab T-X aircraft fly over St. Louis (Boeing photo)ces_STL_4/27/2017_RMS#307321_MSF17-0022 Series_Photos by John Parker

No Protest for T-X Contract Award to Boeing

The way is clear for Boeing [BA] to safely secure three major aircraft development contracts worth billions as its two competitors declined to protest the Air Force’s T-X trainer aircraft award. Boeing was awarded the advanced pilot trainer contract in late September along with its partner in the competition, Sweden-based Saab. Lockheed Martin [LMT] had […]

F-35Bs belonging to the U.S. Marine Corps fly in formation alongside South Korean and Japanese aircraft during a show-of-force mission over the Korean Peninsula on Aug. 28. (Photo by Republic of Korea Air Force)

F-35s Grounded Worldwide For Fuel Tube Inspection

The U.S. military’s most sophisticated fighter aircraft fleet was temporarily suspended from operations beginning Thursday as the Defense Department worked to determine which of their platforms had a suspect part that could have caused the aircraft’s first-ever crash in September. The Pentagon’s F-35 joint program office announced Oct. 11 that flight operations would halt for […]

GAO graphic showing fictitious weapon system with embedded software and IT systems that could be vulnerable to cyber attacks. Source: GAO

GAO Warns Of Cyber Security Vulnerabilities In Weapon Systems

The Defense Department is in the stages of improving the cyber security of the weapon systems it develops and the vulnerabilities of these systems are made worse due to their complexity, warns a new report by congressional auditors. The potential risks from these vulnerabilities are huge. “These weapons are essential to maintaining our nation’s military […]

Boeing MH-139, the company's offering to replace the Air Force's UH-1N helicopters based on Leonardo Helicopter’s AW139. Artist conception: Boeing.

Competitors Will Not Protest Air Force Award for Huey Replacement Helicopter

Lockheed Martin’s [LMT] Sikorsky subsidiary and Sierra Nevada Corp. will not protest the Air Force’s recent contract award for the UH-1N “Huey” helicopter replacement, securing the lucrative contract for the winning team of Boeing [BA] and Italy-based Leonardo. “After a thorough review of the debriefing materials, Sikorsky has chosen not to protest the U.S. Air […]