Archive: Air Force

Hill Air Force Base F-35As fly in formation over the Utah Test and Training Range, March 30, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/R. Nial Bradshaw)

Lockheed Martin Gets $1.4 Billion Contract To Sustain F-35

The U.S. Defense Department’s F-35 Lightning II program has awarded prime contractor Lockheed Martin [LMT] a $1.4 billion contract to sustain the stealthy fighter jet for another year, the Pentagon announced late April 30. The contract will provide maintenance and other support activities for aircraft delivered to the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy […]

Air Force acquisition chief William Roper (Photo courtesy of Air Force)

Air Force Event To Push For Faster Fielding Of Technology

The U.S. Air Force plans to hold a service-wide “acquisition day” in late May to review the status of its programs, including how they are doing on cost and what they can do to deploy new technology more quickly. Air Force acquisition chief William Roper said April 27 that he hopes one portion of the full-day […]

Air Force acquisition chief William Roper (Photo courtesy of Air Force)

Air Force To Unveil Hypersonics Acceleration Plan Soon

The U.S. Air Force is looking to speed up its hypersonics development work and expects to announce its specific intentions in “weeks,” a service official said April 27. An engineering team is putting the finishing touches on the acceleration plan, said Will Roper, the Air Force’s new assistant secretary for acquisition, technology and logistics.  “I’ll be ready […]

A KC-46 tanker refuels an F/A-18 fighter during testing. (Boeing photo)

Boeing KC-46 Tanker Finishes Flight Tests For FAA Certification

The KC-46A tanker, which Boeing [BA] is developing for the U.S. Air Force, has achieved a key milestone by finishing flight tests needed to obtain its second of two airworthiness certifications from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the company announced April 26. A KC-46 communicating with and refueling a C-17 Globemaster III transport plane marked […]

The Air Force's SBIRS GEO-4 missile-warning satellite lifts off on an Atlas 5 rocket. (Photo courtesy of United Launch Alliance)

Lawmakers Want DoD To Consider Smaller Buses For Key Satellites

Concerned that large, high-value satellites are vulnerable to growing threats from potential enemies, the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) wants the Department of Defense to consider making greater use of smaller spacecraft. The committee’s newly unveiled fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill would require DoD to study the benefits and risks of using small- and […]

An E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) aircraft. Photo: Air Force.

HASC Bill Tells Air Force To Replace JSTARS, Speed Up Compass Call Successor

The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) unveiled a fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill April 25 that would require the Air Force to replace the E-8C JSTARS ground-surveillance aircraft with a new plane and speed up buying a successor to the EC-130H Compass Call electronic-attack aircraft. The Air Force has argued that a new JSTARS aircraft, […]

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein. Photo: Air Force.

Air Force To Finish Force Structure Review In August

The U.S. Air Force is studying how many more fighters, bombers and other aircraft it might need to counter growing threats from China and other potential adversaries, service leaders said April 24. The force structure review, which is due to be finished in August, is designed help the Air Force determine what its size should […]

Heather Wilson testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on her nomination to be Air Force secretary. (Air Force photo)

Air Force Review May Lead To Axe For Some Small Programs

A broad review of U.S. Air Force programs may lead to the cancellation of some smaller efforts, service Secretary Heather Wilson said April 20. “I’ve gotten an initial briefing on it, and they’ve identified some programs that may end up not being continued,” Wilson said during the question-and-answer portion of an American Enterprise Institute event. […]