Archive: Air Force

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

Competition For JSTARS Replacement Plane Continues As Air Force, Hill Duel Over Proposal To End Program

The U.S. Air Force, which recently announced plans to nix a replacement for its aging E-8C JSTARS ground-surveillance aircraft, is not pulling the plug on the program just yet. Facing congressional opposition to its proposal, the Air Force said Feb. 13 that it intends to continue reviewing industry bids for the replacement plane at least until […]

The E-8C JSTARS. (Air Force photo)

Air Force Aims To Develop New Sensor Fusion System Instead Of Replacing JSTARS Surveillance Plane

The U.S. Air Force is dropping plans to build a new ground-surveillance aircraft, opting instead to begin developing an advanced battle management system that can fuse threat information from various new and existing sensors to provide a comprehensive view of the battlespace. Air Force Undersecretary Matthew Donovan said the service’s $156.3-billion fiscal year 2019 budget […]

The first two combat-coded F-35A Lightning II aircraft arrive at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, Sept. 2, 2015. Photo: Air Force.

Air Force F-35 Program Gets Help From Budget Deal

Language included in the newly enacted federal budget agreement will allow the Air Force to proceed with “critical” construction projects for its F-35A Lightning II program, according to a congressional panel. The provision, or “anomaly,” is part of a continuing resolution (CR) included in the two-year budget agreement, the Senate Appropriations Committee said Feb 8. […]

The T-6A Texan II trainer. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Air Force Says T-6A Trainer Plane’s Woes May Be Due To Maintenance

The U.S. Air Force is investigating whether maintenance problems with the T-6A’s pilot breathing system caused a recent surge in physiological episodes (PEs) that led to the grounding of the trainer aircraft fleet, according to a service official. The Air Force suspects that technicians may need more training to maintain the plane’s on-board oxygen generation […]

Two Afghan Air Force A-29 Super Tucanos fly over Kabul in 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Air Force Plans Second Light-Attack Aircraft Experiment

The U.S. Air Force intends to conduct a second phase of experiments with light-attack aircraft this spring and summer, the service said Feb. 2. The Air Force said in a statement that the second round will take place from May to July at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona and involve “the two most promising” […]

A T-6A Texan II trainer jet. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Air Force Grounds T-6A Trainers After Physiological Events

The U.S. Air Force said it will ground its fleet of T-6A Texan II trainer planes Feb. 1 so it can investigate what caused a “cluster” of recent physiological events at three bases. The incidents occurred over the past week at Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi, Vance Air Force Base in Oklahoma and Sheppard Air Force Base […]

Lockheed Martin employees encapsulate the Air Force's SBIRS GEO 3 satellite before its launch. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Air Force Issues Final RFP For Five Launches

The U.S. Air Force released a final request for proposals Jan. 31 to launch five Air Force and National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) spacecraft in the early 2020s. According to the Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) in California, which announced the RFP, the solicitation includes the fiscal year 2021 launches of two Air […]

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)

F-35 Program To Speed Up Fielding Of New Anti-Collision System

The U.S. Defense Department’s F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) has announced that it plans to accelerate the integration of the new Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System (Auto-GCAS) into the fighter jet, citing the software’s ability to save the lives of pilots. The JPO said late Jan. 30 that it intends to add Auto-GCAS to the […]

An Air Force F-22 Raptor. Photo: Air Force.

Air Force F-22 Upgrades Move Into Operational Testing

The U.S. Air Force has started conducting operational testing for a series of major upgrades to the F-22 Raptor, according to a new report by the Pentagon’s chief weapons tester. The initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E) for the Increment 3.2B upgrades began in September and is slated to wrap up in April, says the fiscal […]