Archive: Air Force

Young Signs Joint Strike Fighter LRIP II Memo

By Emelie Rutherford Pentagon acquisition executive John Young last week signed a memo approving the purchased of six conventional-takeoff-and-landing F-35 Joint Strike Fighters for the Air Force, a source familiar with the matter said. The acquisition decision memo (ADM) from Young also conditionally OK’s buying six short-takeoff-and-vertical-landing (STOL) variants, but says that purchase cannot be […]

CSAR-X Bidders Prepare For Latest Tweaks To Solicitation

By Emelie Rutherford The trio of contractors vying for the Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR-X) replacement helicopter contract plan to submit feedback to the Air Force this week on the latest amendment to the solicitation, which they expected to received a draft of as soon as last Friday night. The forthcoming sixth amendment to the […]

JSF Officials Optimistic On Foreign Partners, Welcome Report On Cost Stability

Officials steering the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program said signs are good for Japan joining the aircraft effort, and predicted partner nations Norway and Denmark will not drop their plans. Japan has eyed the JSF program that is developing strike fighter variants for the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marines. A group of approximately […]

Hoffman: F-22 Shutdown Decision Needed By November

By Emelie Rutherford An Air Force official told Senate authorizers yesterday that a decision on whether to keep open the F-22 Raptor production line needs to be made by November, saying adding four of the fighter jets to a supplemental spending bill does little for the debate. The service would need $595.6 million in fiscal […]

JSF Officials Optimistic On Foreign Partners, Welcome Report On Cost Stability

By Emelie Rutherford Officials steering the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program said signs are good for Japan joining the aircraft effort, and predicted partner nations Norway and Denmark will not drop their plans. Japan has eyed the JSF program that is developing strike fighter variants for the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marines. A […]

Joint Strike Fighter Not Facing Cost Breach For Late 2007 Period

By Emelie Rutherford The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program’s cost decreased slightly over the final months of 2007, and the effort did not experience a significant cost breach during that time requiring congressional involvement, according to a Selected Acquisition Report (SAR) on the delayed and over-budget effort. The JSF program’s SAR, released by the […]

Cause of Predator UAV Accident In Theater Unknown

By Emelie Rutherford The Air Force does not yet know if a MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle that ran off a runway in Iraq late last week can be repaired, or what caused the accident, the service said. "Our skilled maintenance craftsmen will evaluate the wreckage to determine if it can be fixed," service spokewoman […]

Vought Signs $400 Million Contract For V-22 Tail Parts

Vought Aircraft Industries Inc. recently signed a $400 million contract with the Bell Helicopter Textron [TXT] to manufacture tail parts including the empennage, ramp and ramp door, for the V-22 Osprey, according to Vought. Bell and partner Boeing [BA] build the V-22 tiltrotor aircraft for both the Navy and Air Force. The contract covers deliveries […]

Kehler: TSAT Study To Go To Lawmakers In Spring

By Emelie Rutherford The Air Force plans to deliver a study to Congress this spring on whether to rework Transformational Satellite (TSAT) program, a review spurred by plans to add a fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite, a top service official said. Questions have been raised on Capitol Hill about delays in the TSAT […]

Obering: Next Budget May Bolster Sea-Based, Land-Mobile Missile Interceptors

By Dave Ahearn The next Missile Defense Agency budget may switch from a focus on items such as providing more Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) interceptors to "robust" other systems such as sea-based missile defense and land-mobile interceptors. That was the word from Air Force Lt. Gen. Trey Obering, the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) director, who […]