Archive: Air Force

Air Force Seeks $143.9 Billion In FY ’09 Dollars

By Jen DiMascio The president yesterday submitted to Congress a budget for $143.9 billion in Air Force funding, including $41 billion for modernization. The request for the second year defies a congressional mandate to develop two engines for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). Congress provided $134.6 billion last year, but service officials said that […]

Refueling Systems Latest Highlight In Tanker Runoff

By Jen DiMascio This week, Boeing [BA] and Northrop Grumman [NOC], contestants for the Air Force’s next aerial refueling tanker contract, announced advancements in their respective refueling systems. Boeing announced that it completed its first nighttime refueling on a KC-767, which the company expects to deliver to Japan this quarter. Likewise, Northrop Grumman touted progress […]

Contracts

Boeing, Lockheed, Join To Seek Air Force Bomber Contract The two largest contractors will join forces to seek an Air Force contract for initial steps toward eventually creating a new U.S. bomber in the next decade. The Boeing Co. [BA] and Lockheed Martin Corp. [LMT] will team to perform studies and system development efforts including […]

Boeing, Lockheed Martin Reveal Plan To Join Forces On Next Air Force Bomber

By Jen DiMascio For the past three years, aerospace giants Boeing [BA]and Lockheed Martin [LMT]have flirted with the idea of teaming up to make the Air Force’s next-generation bomber aircraft. Over the last year, the two companies deepened the relationship, finalizing their agreement to work together, but the companies waited until last week to publicly […]

SOCOM Signs Contract With BAE For CV-22 Gun

BAE Systems will develop an interim all-quadrant defensive weapon system for the Air Force’s CV-22 Osprey aircraft, the company reported. The $491,000 contract awarded earlier this month by the U.S. Special Operations Command calls for rapid development, installation, testing, and qualification of a weapon capability that provides defensive fire protection to all quadrants of the […]

Boeing, Lockheed Martin To Join Forces In Bid To Make Next Generation Bomber

By Jen DiMascio The nation’s two largest defense contractors–Boeing [BA] and Lockheed Martin [LMT]–are expected to announce today that they will join forces in an effort to make the Air Force’s next generation of bomber aircraft, according to informed sources. Senior Air Force officials have said the service can field a new bomber by 2018–although […]

Rockwell Collins Proceeds To Second Phase Upgrade For Thai Air Force C-130 Fleet

Thai Aviation Industries has awarded Rockwell Collins [COL] the second phase of a contract to upgrade the Royal Thai Air Force’s (RTAF) fleet of C-130 aircraft with integrated Communications, Navigation, Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM). The first phase called for completing the avionics upgrade on six C-130s. Phase 2 will include the avionics system upgrade for […]

Northrop Grumman, Boeing Look Toward Tanker Award

By Jen DiMascio As the Air Force enters the final stretch of its review of two bids to make the service’s next fleet of aerial refueling tankers, the competitors are continuing to stress their high points–regardless of the impact. Northrop Grumman [NOC] and Boeing [BA] submitted their bids to the service Jan. 3, and the […]

Rockwell Collins Proceeds To Second Phase Upgrade For Thai Air Force C-130 Fleet

Thai Aviation Industries has awarded Rockwell Collins [COL] the second phase of a contract to upgrade the Royal Thai Air Force’s (RTAF) fleet of C-130 aircraft with integrated Communications, Navigation, Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM). The first phase called for completing the avionics upgrade on six C-130s. Phase 2 will include the avionics system upgrade for […]

Air Force Collects Bids For Another CSAR Competition

By Jen DiMascio The Air Force was scheduled to reel in another set of bids for its Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) helicopter effort yesterday. Boeing [BA] initially won the $10 billion contract for 141 aircraft in November 2006. But competitors Lockheed Martin [LMT] and Sikorsky [UTX] have twice filed protests with the Government Accountability […]