Archive: Air Force

AF Seal_500

Air Force Might Seek Bids For Light-Attack Aircraft In Fall

A U.S. Air Force competition to buy light-attack aircraft might formally begin in as few as five months, according to an industry source. The service has told aircraft manufacturers that it expects to issue a request for proposals as early as October, the source said May 14. A contract award for up to several hundred […]

Federal Aviation Administration National Capital Region No Drone Zone signage. Graphic: Federal Aviation Administration.

Mattis To Congress, FAA: Military Needs More Authority To Shoot Down Drones Over Bases

Privately owned drones routinely violate restricted airspace over military bases, ships and airfields and the Pentagon wants more authority to shoot them down, Defense Secretary James Mattis on May 9 told lawmakers. The military can disrupt or destroy small unmanned aerial systems (UAS) over certain secure facilities with restricted airspace but has limited authority to […]

The Air Force's F-35A conventional variant. Photo: Air Force.

DoD, Lockheed Martin Agree To Resume F-35 Deliveries

Lockheed Martin [LMT] has resumed delivering F-35 Lightning IIs to the U.S. Department Defense after a corrosion problem halted those shipments for over a month. The “acceptance hold,” which was put in place March 29, was lifted May 1, DoD’s F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) said May 8. The JPO and Lockheed Martin both indicated […]

C-130. Photo: Air Force.

Air Force Orders Review Of Aviation Safety

The U.S. Air Force plans to conduct a “safety review” of its aviation operations later this month to address a recent series of mishaps, including a WC-130H Hercules crash last week that killed nine airmen. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein told all Air Force wings with flying and maintenance functions to finish […]

Lt. Gen. Jerry Harris Jr., Air Force deputy chief of staff for strategic plans and requirements, speaks at the Air Force Association in Arlington, Va., on May 7, 2018. (Photo by Marc Selinger/Defense Daily)

Air Force Starting Second Phase Of Light-Attack Aircraft Experiment

The second phase of the U.S. Air Force’s light-attack aircraft experiment was set to begin May 7 at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, according to service officials. The second phase “is starting today out in the desert,” said Lt. Gen. Jerry Harris Jr., Air Force deputy chief of staff for strategic plans and […]

Boeing's KC-46 tanker modification center in Everett, Wash. (Photo by Marc Selinger/Defense Daily)

Air Force To Award KC-46A Tanker Upgrades Contract To Boeing

EVERETT, Wash. – Boeing [BA] expects to receive a U.S. Air Force contract later this year to begin developing future upgrades for the new KC-46A Pegasus tanker, according to a company program official. The contract will allow the program to do things that are not required under the existing tanker development contract that the Air […]

A KC-46A test plane at Boeing Field in Seattle. (Photo by Marc Selinger/Defense Daily)

Boeing KC-46A Tanker Nears Finish Line For Pre-Delivery Tests

SEATTLE – Boeing [BA] has finished 95 percent of the testing it must conduct with its new KC-46A Pegasus tanker before it can start delivering the refueling jet to the U.S. Air Force, according to company officials. In those tests, the program has amassed almost 3,000 flight hours, completed more than 1,600 contacts during refueling […]

Randall Walden, director of the Air Force's Rapid Capabilities Office, at Defense Daily's Modular Open Systems Summit. Photo: Matthew Beinart.

Air Force Looking To Open Architecture, Common Standards For Faster Capability Deployment

Open architecture is reducing the cost and time needed to develop and deploy critical Air Force capabilities, but officials want to see further agreement with industry on standards, according to a lead official for rapid capabilities. Randall Walden, director of the Air Force’s Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO), told attendees at a Tuesday industry event that […]

A Boeing KC-46A tanker refuels an F-16. (Photo courtesy of Boeing)

House Members Urge Defense Panels To Fund More Air Force KC-46A Tankers

Fifty House members have signed a letter urging defense panel leaders to fund the purchase of 18 Boeing [BA] KC-46A tankers in fiscal year 2019, three more than the Air Force requested, to speed up the replacement of old refuelers. “Our nation’s tanker fleet is the cornerstone of any operation that requires aerial assets,” the […]

Lt. Gen. Jack Weinstein, Air Force deputy chief of staff for strategic deterrence and nuclear integration (Air Force photo)

Air Force General Concerned About Possible Return Of Budget Caps In FY 2020

Recent increases in U.S. defense spending have bolstered the Air Force’s nuclear modernization efforts, but the possible return of across-the-board budget cuts in FY 2020 looms as a potential threat to those programs, a service official said May 1. The two-year budget agreement that President Trump signed into law in February provides $700 billion for defense […]