Archive: Air Force

Lockheed Martin, Universal Synaptics Partner to Address Fighter Jet Faults

Lockheed Martin [LMT] will be the systems integrator of two Universal Synaptics automated test equipment solutions across key Defense Department programs under a new intermittent fault detection technology licensing agreement. The Universal Synaptics automated test equipment (ATE) Lockheed Martin will be responsible for are the Isolation System 2.0 (IFDIS2) and the Voyager Intermittent Fault Detector […]

Air Force Takes Over DoD Commercial SATCOM Services From DISA

Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) has assumed responsibility for procuring the Pentagon’s commercial satellite communications, a role that has until now been handled by the Defense Information Systems Agency. With the Dec. 12 transfer of responsibility, AFSPC now oversees the acquisition of nearly all military and commercial SATCOM assets for the Defense Department, the command […]

Air Force’s Lt. Gen. Bunch Nominated to Lead Materiel Command

The White House has nominated Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch, the Air Force’s current military deputy for acquisition, to be promoted to general and to lead Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, pending Senate confirmation. The nomination was received by the Senate Dec. 11, according to the Congressional Record. Bunch would […]

CBO Report: Cost to Replace Air Force Fleet to Top $26 Billion in 2033

The cost to replace the Air Force’s aging aircraft fleet and build new advanced jets is only expected to rise over the next three decades, averaging between $15 billion and $23 billion through 2040, according to a new Congressional Budget Office report. The CBO report, titled “The Cost of Replacing Today’s Air Force Fleet” and […]

Airbus Inks New Three-Year Dauphin Deal With Lithuania

The Lithuanian Air Force has renewed the HCare Infinite material management contract for its fleet of three Dauphin AS365 N3+ search-and-rescue helicopters, a deal under which the aircraft averaged 97 percent availability during the previous three years. The helicopters entered service performing SAR missions in 2015 with a three-year full warranty and Airbus’ commitment to […]

First GPS III Satellite Packed Up in Payload Fairing for Scheduled Dec. 18 Launch

The Air Force’s first GPS III space vehicle (SV01) last week has been enclosed within its payload fairing in anticipation of a mid-December launch date. “Vespucci,” as the satellite is known, was encapsulated within a SpaceX-made payload fairing Dec. 7 at Astrotech Space Operations in California, the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center said […]

Air Force’s B-21 Bomber Passes Critical Design Review

The Air Force successfully held a critical design review for the weapon system of its next-generation nuclear-capable bomber, completing a multi-faceted technical review that further paves the way for manufacturing and flight tests. The B-21 weapon system critical design review (CDR) took place Nov. 28-30, the service said in a Dec. 10 release. The B-21 […]

Tyndall To Host F-35s After Rebuilding, F-22s To Be Re-Assigned

The Air Force plans to host three F-35 squadrons at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, and is seeking supplemental funding to rebuild the base in order to receive the Joint Strike Fighter, the service announced Dec. 7. If the decision is approved and supplemental funds are appropriated, F-35s could be based at Tyndall by 2023, […]

F-35 Begins Formal Operational Testing and Evaluation Phase

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program will begin its formal operational test and evaluation process with the goal of achieving full rate production by late 2019, the joint program office announced Dec. 6. The Joint Strike Fighter Operational Test Team (JOTT) will conduct the formal IOT&E effort with its international partners under the oversight of […]