Archive: Air Force

Schwartz: Expanded Global Infrastructure Needed For North-To-South Transport

The U.S. military’s global transport network needs to grow from it’s current east-west orientation to a more robust en-route infrastructure that can move personnel and material more readily north to south as well, including into regions of growing interest such as Africa, the general overseeing this network said recently. "The truth is that our network […]

Air Force Advances Ambitious Synthetic Fuel Initiative With Historic C-17 Flight

By Michael Sirak MCGUIRE AFB, N.J.–On Monday, the 104th anniversary of the Wright Brothers’ first powered flight, the Air Force said it achieved another milestone by flying an aircraft for the first time ever from coast to coast using a synthetic fuel blend that the service intends to certify for use on its entire fleet […]

SASC Questions Air Force Comptroller Candidate About Plans For Long Range Strike

The Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday considered four Defense Department civilian nominations including a candidate for to be the next Air Force comptroller. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) asked John Gibson, the current deputy under secretary of defense for management reform in the Pentagon comptroller’s office, whether he would support a proposed funding spike for Next […]

Defense Watch

The Latest Word On Trends And Developments In Aerospace And Defense In Limbo. Congress has yet to agree on what to do about the federal budget–and within that how to handle war funding. Senators said last week they are waiting to see what the House sends over on Monday. House leaders have said they will […]

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Space Rocket Engine Passes Test: ATK Alliant Techsystems [ATK] demonstrated a critical capability of its liquid oxygen (LOX)/methane rocket engine by igniting it in a vacuum chamber, ATK announced. The test demonstrated the viability of a LOX/methane rocket engine for a lunar ascent mission. This test engine was designed for 3,500 pounds/feet thrust to bracket […]

Kehler: Exploiting Non-Traditional Modes of Data Could Improve Space Awareness

By Michael Sirak Leveraging data from sensors not traditionally associated with space surveillance, such as those on aircraft like the F-22 stealth fighter, could improve the Air Force’s understanding of orbital activities, the vital underpinning of protecting satellites from threats, according to the Air Force’s top space general. "Any platform that we put out anywhere […]

Chilean Air Force Selects Bell 412 Helicopter

Bell Helicopter Textron [TXT] said it recently hosted a high ranking delegation from the Chilean Air Force (FACH) for a contract signing ceremony in which Gen. Julio Escobar committed the FACH to purchase 12 Bell 412 4 axis helicopters. Gen. Escobar, head of the FACH, said, "We evaluated several helicopters and feel the 412 will […]

Schwartz: Expanded Global Infrastructure Needed For North-To-South Transport

The U.S. military’s global transport network needs to grow from it’s current east-west orientation to a more robust en-route infrastructure that can move personnel and material more readily north to south as well, including into regions of growing interest such as Africa, the general overseeing this network said recently. "The truth is that our network […]

Chilean Air Force Selects Bell 412 Helicopter

Bell Helicopter Textron [TXT] said it recently hosted a high ranking delegation from the Chilean Air Force (FACH) for a contract signing ceremony in which Gen. Julio Escobar committed the FACH to purchase 12 Bell 412 4 axis helicopters. Gen. Escobar, head of the FACH, said, "We evaluated several helicopters and feel the 412 will […]

Air Force F-22 Raptor Stealth Fighter Reaches Full-Operation-Capability Milestone

By Michael Sirak The Air Force yesterday declared that its F-22A stealth multirole fighter aircraft has fulfilled all of its performance and operational requirements as a weapon system, and its pilots and maintainers are ready for operations, including combat employment, thereby achieving the major programmatic milestone known as full operational capability (FOC). "After years of […]