Archive: Air Force

Lawmakers Petition Air Force To Oppose Split Purchase of KC-X Tankers

By Jen DiMascio Lawmakers are calling on the Air Force to continue to oppose the idea of dividing between two contractors an award for its next-generation aerial refueling tankers. Separate letters by members of the House and Senate call on Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne to set the record straight that the competition for the […]

Air Force Says Reaper Armed Unmanned Aircraft Now Operating In Afghanistan

By Michael Sirak The Air Force has been using its new MQ-9A Reaper armed unmanned aircraft in missions over Afghanistan since late September, the service said yesterday. The General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI)-built Reaper is the larger cousin to the MQ-1 Predator unmanned aircraft system (UAS) that has flown extensively in support of combat […]

Newest Air Force Communications Satellite Now On Orbit, Being Readied For Use

By Michael Sirak The Air Force says the first of its Boeing [BA]-built Wideband Global Satellite Communications (WGS) spacecraft was successfully launched into orbit on Wednesday, beginning the process of placing a modern constellation in space by early next decade to replace the service’s aging on-orbit communications infrastructure. Following a series of orbital maneuvers and […]

Fuel Leak Caused Atlas Launch Anomaly In June, Air Force-Led Review Concludes

The Air Force-led review of an anomaly that occurred during the June flight of a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket has determined the cause to be a faulty valve that led to a fuel leak, the service said last week. The fuel leak is said to have prevented the rocket’s payload of classified […]

Fuel Leak Caused Atlas Launch Anomaly In June, Air Force-Led Review Concludes

The Air Force-led review of an anomaly that occurred during the June flight of a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket has determined the cause to be a faulty valve that led to a fuel leak, the service said last week. The fuel leak is said to have prevented the rocket’s payload of classified […]

Air Force’s FY ’10 Budget Plan Will Reflect Greater Emphasis On Directed Energy

By Michael Sirak FT. WALTON BEACH, Fla.–The Air Force wants to move out more aggressively in the fielding of lasers and high-powered microwaves and, to support this, intends to increase markedly the amount of funding that it earmarks for them its program objective memorandum (POM) for FY ’10, the service’s top weapon’s buyer said here […]

Payton: Air Force Will Set Level Playing Field In New Round of CSAR-X Bidding

By Michael Sirak The Air Force is committed to ensuring that none of the three of the industry teams vying to supply its next-generation rescue helicopter will view itself at a competitive disadvantage as the contest moves ahead, the service’s top acquisition official said yesterday. "We want to make sure that everyone feels that they […]

Air Force Prepares For Launch Next Week of Wideband Global Communications Satellite

The Air Force said yesterday that it intends to launch the first of its new communications satellites, the Boeing [BA]-built Wideband Global Satellite Communications (WGS) system, into orbit next Tuesday. Barring weather or last-minute developments, the satellite will lift off aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle from Cape Canaveral, […]

Air Force Working Toward Global Hawk Demonstration In Pacific Next Year

By Michael Sirak The Air Force is planning to conduct a demonstration of the RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned sensor aircraft next year in the Pacific to showcase the platform and the value of its high-resolution imagery to U.S. partners and friends there, the service’s top general in the region said last week. Pacific Air Forces […]

Air Force’s CV-22 To Begin Operational Test And Readiness Review This Week

By Geoff Fein The Air Force Special Operations variant of the V-22 Osprey this week will begin its operational test and readiness review (OTR&R)–a comprehensive examination of all the developmental testing done on the CV-22, a program official said. Once OTR&R is completed, the aircraft will have one more hurdle to get over before entering […]