Archive: Air Force

A Lockheed Martin rendering of LRASM.

Navy Conducts First LRASM Free Flight

The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin [LMT] conducted the first free flight launch of the company’s Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) from an Air Force B-1B Lancer bomber on Aug. 17 during a test over Point Mugu Sea Range, Calif., the service said Friday. This was the first end-to-end functionality test of the LRASM, testing […]

Air Force’s New Space Operations Directorate Nears IOC

The U.S. Air Force expects its new space operations directorate to achieve an initial operational capability (IOC) on Aug. 21, the service announced Aug. 17. The Air Force also revealed that Shawn Barnes, its deputy director for legislative liaison, will become the directorate’s senior civilian, serving as the assistant deputy chief of staff for space […]

Orbital ATK's Minotaur IV launch vehicle. Photo: Air Force.

Air Force Studying Possible Commercial Role For Surplus ICBM Motors

The U.S. Air Force plans to finish a study later this year on the potential impact of changing existing law to allow surplus intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) motors to be used on commercial space launches, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a new report Aug. 16 While the Department of Defense and NASA use […]

The Air Force's X-37B unmanned spaceplane (Photo courtesy of Air Force)

Air Force’s X-37B Spaceplane Might Fly Again In September

The next launch of the U.S. Air Force’s X-37B unmanned reusable spaceplane will occur “no earlier than September,” launch vehicle provider SpaceX said Aug. 14. The Air Force had previously indicated that the launch would occur “no earlier than August,” but it cautioned that the launch date was “still in the process of being manifested […]

An artist's illustration of an Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) communications satellite. Image: Air Force.

Air Force Delays Launching AEHF, SBIRS Satellites

The Air Force is pushing back the launches of two Lockheed Martin [LMT]-built satellites that were supposed to lift off this fall. Each spacecraft – the fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-4) protected-communications satellite and the fourth Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) geosynchronous Earth orbit (GEO Flight-4) missile-warning satellite – is slated to ride on a […]

The second GPS III satellite has been assembled. (Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin)

Harris To Deliver Navigation Payload For Fourth GPS III Satellite In Fall

Harris Corp. [HRS] said Aug. 9 that it expects to deliver the fourth of 10 navigation payloads for the U.S. Air Force’s Global Positioning System (GPS) III satellites this fall. The first two payloads have already been integrated into the first two GPS III satellites, and the third payload is undergoing that process now. Lockheed Martin […]

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 Upgrade Plan Nears Completion, GAO Says

The U.S. Department of Defense plans to send Congress this month a multi-billion-dollar upgrade plan for the Lockheed Martin [LMT] F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said Aug. 8. The report on the Block 4 modernization effort is required by the fiscal year 2017 defense authorization act and was supposed to be […]

Federal Aviation Administration National Capital Region No Drone Zone signage. Graphic: Federal Aviation Administration.

Military OK’d To Use ‘Reasonable Force” To Destroy Unauthorized Drones Over Bases

The Defense Department has issued guidance on how to deal with unauthorized commercial drones flying over U.S. military bases, though just how troops are able to shoot them down or disable the unmanned aircraft remains classified. “Protecting our force remains a top priority,” Pentagon Spokesman Lt. Col. Jamie Davis wrote in an Aug. 7 statement. “That […]

Embraer's A-29 Super Tucano for Afghanistan. Photo: Embraer.

Air Force, SOCOM Exploring Light-Attack Aircraft Technologies

The U.S. Air Force and U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) are partnering to explore technologies for a potential light-attack aircraft for special operations forces (SOF). The Air Force Lifecycle Management Center plans to release a broad agency announcement to solicit information on “technologies relevant to a potential future SOF light-attack mission and/or emerging light-attack platforms,” […]