Archive: Air Force

Air Force Clears F-15 Fleet To Return To Flight

By Michael Sirak Having already cleared its F-15E Strike Eagle multirole fighter aircraft to return to flight, the Air Force has now given the go-ahead for its F-15A and F-15C Eagle air superiority fighters and their two-seat F-15B and F-15D trainer variants to resume flight operations upon undergoing a safety inspection, according to service officials. […]

Reaper Unmanned Aircraft Becoming An Increasing Presence In Afghanistan

Southwest Asia–Both the United Kingdom and United States now are operating General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI)-built Reaper remotely piloted aircraft over the skies of Afghanistan, and, as of this month, U.S. Air Force assets have effectively employed the missile and bomb types that they currently carry against anti-government insurgents there, according to officials from the […]

Air Force Plans Frequent Exchanges With Industry During CSAR-X Bid Evaluations

Applying the lessons from the first go-around, the Air Force will do more to maintain a continual dialogue with industry throughout the process of evaluating the proposals for the service’s new combat search and rescue helicopter, the Air Force’s top weapon buyer said Nov. 20. "We will have several interim debriefs of all of the […]

Air Force Plans Frequent Exchanges With Industry During CSAR-X Bid Evaluations

By Michael Sirak Applying the lessons from the first go-around, the Air Force will do more to maintain a continual dialogue with industry throughout the process of evaluating the proposals for the service’s new combat search and rescue helicopter, the Air Force’s top weapon buyer said Nov. 20. "We will have several interim debriefs of […]

New Sales of F-16s Important Bridge To F-35, Says USAFE Head

By Michael Sirak RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany–For several nations in Europe and the vicinity, the acquisition of F-16 fighter jets, whether new or used, is still an attractive interim option before ultimately transitioning to the F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter aircraft, the top Air Force general in Europe said here last week. "The nations that […]

Moseley: Questions Remain Over F-15C Crash As F-15Es Returning To Flight

By Michael Sirak The Air Force still doesn’t know what caused an F-15C Eagle fighter jet to break in half Nov. 2 shortly after takeoff on a mission inside the United States, but has already returned many of its F-15E Strike Eagle multirole fighters to flying status, the service’s top military officer said Friday. "The […]

Air Force Promotes Airlift Options For Middle Eastern Partners

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 deal. Why? Everybody […]

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

By Michael Sirak 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 […]

Army Future Combat Systems To Participate In Air Force JEFX 2008

The Army’s major modernization program, the Future Combat Systems (FCS) will again participate in the Air Force Joint Expeditionary Force Experiment (JEFX) 2008 as it did last year, according to a program official. JEFX is a series of joint service experiments, led by the Air Force’s Global Cyberspace Integration Center, focusing on collaboration and connectivity […]