Archive: Air Force

Air Force Promotes Airlift Options For Middle Eastern Partners

By Michael Sirak DUBAI, United Arab Emirates–The Air Force is looking to build partnerships in the Middle East in the realm of airlift since there is a need both for tactical and strategic capacity in the region, the service’s top international representative said here Sunday at the 2007 Dubai Air Show. "Lift is a big […]

Boeing Teams With Northrop Grumman On B-52 Core Component Jammer

By Michael Sirak Boeing [BA] has joined forces with Northrop Grumman [NOC] to offer the Air Force an affordable and comparatively low-risk solution to installing powerful jamming pods on the B-52H bomber aircraft so that the venerable platform could disrupt enemy air defense radar from standoff distances in addition to its normal strike roles, according […]

Air Force Buying Laser-Guided Mavericks As Interim Moving-Target Attack Capability

The Air Force says it intends to task Raytheon [RTN] soon to supply 450 AGM-65 Maverick surface-attack missiles with a new laser guidance section as a near-term means to attack moving targets. Service officials say they anticipate awarding a contract to Raytheon next month for the missiles, which are known as Laser Mavericks. They will […]

Appropriations Report Would Put Air Force On Track To Buy More F-22s

By Jen DiMascio Lawmakers are supporting the Air Force’s position that it needs 20 more F-22 Raptor stealth fighter aircraft, urging the service to extend its current multiyear contract with Lockheed Martin [LMT]. Language in the conference report on the FY ’08 Defense Appropriations Bill suggests that the service pull $526 million in fiscal year […]

Raytheon Selected To Supply Modern Radars For Air Force’s F-15E Fighter Fleet

By Michael Sirak Raytheon [RTN] beat out Northrop Grumman [NOC] last week in the competition to provide advanced modern radars for the Air Force’s fleet of 224 F-15E Strike Eagle multirole fighter aircraft before the end of next decade. Boeing, the prime contractor for upgrading F-15Es, said on Nov. 1 it chose Raytheon after "a […]

Tactics In War On Terror Cause Rethink of Air Force Weapons Designs

By Michael Sirak The Air Force is realizing from recent combat that there is a need to re-examine how it designs some of its air-to-ground weapons, according to senior service munitions developers. There has been ample discussion resulting from the experiences of applying airpower against insurgents in Afghanistan and Iraq on the need for bombs […]

Air Force Moves To Modernize Infrastructure At Weapons Test Ranges

By Michael Sirak The Air Force is pursuing a series of initiatives to modernize the aging infrastructure at its test ranges so that it can accurately evaluate new types of sophisticated weapons and share test equipment among ranges, according to senior service officials. "The equipment is just about worn out at our test ranges," Judy […]

Raytheon: Air Force Used Lased Maverick In Combat For First Time In June

The Air Force employed an AGM-65E laser-guided Maverick surface-attack missile in combat operations for the first time in June, Raytheon [RTN], the missile’s maker, said yesterday. Although the Laser Maverick has been in service for several decades with the Navy and Marine Corps, the Air Force’s decision to start using it came as a result […]

Air Force Issues Draft Revised Solicitation For New Rescue Helicopter

The Air Force recently issued the draft version of its newly revised solicitation for its next-generation rescue helicopter, the CSAR-X, giving the three industry teams vying to supply the aircraft until the end of the month to provide feedback. The draft document, known as Amendment 5, is the Air Force’s newest response to resolve a […]

Wynne: Air Force Would Like To Buy More F-22s

By Michael Sirak Secretary of the Air Force Michael Wynne said last week the Air Force would like to buy an additional 20 F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jets on top of the current 183-aircraft program of record. "Right now what I have asked to do is at least bridge over ’til we actually have a […]