Archive: Air Force

Air Force, Boeing, Demonstrate Technology For Automated Refueling of Unmanned Aircraft

The Air Force and a Boeing [BA]-led industry team have demonstrated in-flight the ability of unmanned aircraft to rendezvous autonomously with tanker aircraft so that they could be refueled in flight, the Chicago-based company said yesterday. The flight test occurred under phase one of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)-sponsored Automated Aerial Refueling (AAR) program. […]

MDA Close Up Seeker Imaging Test Deemed Successful

By Ann Roosevelt Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Director Air Force Lt. Gen. Trey Obering yesterday announced that a seeker characterization test Dec. 3 for the Net-Centric Airborne Defense Element (NCADE) was successfully conducted at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), N.M. Preliminary indications are that planned flight test objectives were achieved. The test involved the successful […]

Boeing Confident HH-47 Will Prevail Again In New CSAR-X Competition

By Michael Sirak The Boeing [BA] HH-47 helicopter will prevail once again in the Air Force’s revised CSAR-X competition because it is the best platform for the combat- search-and-rescue mission, the company official in charge of the HH-47 program said yesterday. "We remain confident Boeing’s HH-47 is the best value choice and, in the end, […]


New Spy Satellite System Planned, To Cost Billions: Report The Department of Defense (DOD) is expected to procure spy satellites that likely will be based on commercial-sat architecture, in a program costing $2 billion to $4 billion, the Associated Press reported. Called BASIC, the new system likely would be based on an existing commercial satellite […]

General Urges Protection Of Space Assets Against ASATs

Kehler Also Urges Replacing Aged Satellites The United States must establish a system for protecting space assets, including military satellites that play an increasingly critical role in U.S. defense operations worldwide, Gen. Robert Kehler, commander of the Air Force Space Command, said. In assessing the future for the air service, it is clear that the […]

Encouraging Signs Set Performance Bar High For Lame Duck Acquisition Chief

By Jen DiMascio In about 14 months when a new president takes office, John Young, the newly confirmed under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics will in all likelihood be looking for another job. In the time he has left, Young is still looking to make changes to an acquisition system riddled with […]

Defense Watch

The Latest Word On Trends And Developments In Aerospace And Defense Movement Possible. A House leadership aide confirmed the House is likely to appoint conferees this week for the defense authorization bill. Conferees from the House and Senate are expected to meet shortly after to sign off on the defense authorization bill. Most of the […]

Air Force Stands Down F-15s Again For Safety Reasons, But Not F-15Es

By Michael Sirak The Air Force on Wednesday stood down its single-seat F-15A and F-15C Eagle fighter aircraft and F-15B and F-15D two-seat trainers for the second time this month pending new safety inspections, according to Air Combat Command (ACC). The stand-down, the command said, does not affect the Air Force’s F-15E Strike Eagle multirole […]

Air Force Retains Interest In B-52 Jammer As POM 2010 Build Ensues

The Air Force remains interested in establishing a program of record in its FY ’10 program objective memorandum (POM) for a standoff jamming capability on the B-52H bomber aircraft, according to service officials. This concept is known as the Core Component Jammer (CCJ). "But before we proceed," the Secretary of the Air Force (SECAF) public […]

F-22s Stay Away, For Now, From Coalition Air Training Exercises In Middle East

By Michael Sirak The Air Force has put off the debut of its new F-22 Raptor stealth multi-role fighter aircraft in the coalition air-combat training exercises held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) until the Raptor fleet is more firmly established in the United States, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Moseley said. Originally, […]