Archive: Air Force

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

AFRL to Deliver Final Light Attack Data Report by Mid-September

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has completed its portion of data assessments related to the service’s light attack aircraft experiment, and plans to submit a final report on its findings to senior leadership by mid-September, the laboratory’s executive director said Tuesday. The report will include data findings on […]

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

Air Force Awards Boeing Lot 4 for KC-46 Tanker Program

The Air Force Monday awarded a contract modification to Boeing [BA] to build the fourth lot of KC-46 next-generation tanker aircraft. The contract modification, worth $2.9 billion, includes 18 additional aircraft, data, two spare engines, five wing refueling pod kits, initial spares, and support equipment being produced under the basic contract. Boeing received its first […]

A KC-46 refuels an A-10 during testing. Photo: Air Force.

Boeing’s KC-46 Receives Final FAA Certification Ahead Of Expected October Delivery

Boeing [BA] said on Wednesday its KC-46 aircraft, set to be the Air Force’s next mid-air refueling tanker, has received final certification from the Federal Aviation Administration ahead of an expected first delivery this October. The KC-46 Pegasus has now received both required FAA certificates three years after beginning flight tests, and company officials said […]

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)

Report: Air Force Fleets Ill-Prepared to Meet Tomorrow’s Battles

After years of prolonged operations and little chance of a decreased tempo in years to come, the U.S. Air Force faces force structure shortfalls to varying degrees for each of its aircraft classes, a new study by the RAND Corp. has found. Analyzing four separate hypothetical operational situations, the nonpartisan research group found that whether […]

The first GPS III satellite in transport to Cape Canaveral, Florida. Photo: Lockheed Martin

First GPS III Satellite Arrives at Cape Canaveral

The first of 10 new Lockheed Martin [LMT]-built GPS III satellites has arrived at Cape Canaveral, Fla., ahead of a projected December launch date, the company said on Monday.  The system was shipped on Aug. 20 from Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, to the Cape on a C-17 transport aircraft, according to a Lockheed Martin […]

A Miniature Air-Launched Decoy (MALD) in flight. (Photo: Raytheon)

MALD-X Expendable Decoy Finishes Free Flight Demos

The Department of Defense (DoD) successfully conducted a series of free flight demonstrations of the Miniature Air Launched Decoy-X (MALD-X) this week, the Department said on Thursday. The MALD-X is based on the MALD expendable vehicle originally designed for the Air Force. It is meant to be launched from a fighter jet before a battle […]

GPS III SV03 fully integrated. Photo: Lockheed Martin

Air Force Declares Second GPS III Satellite ‘Available for Launch’

The Air Force has declared the second GPS III satellite complete, tested and ready to launch, the system’s manufacturer Lockheed Martin [LMT] said Tuesday. Having the second GPS III satellite accepted by the Air Force indicates “strong momentum” for the program, which will modernize the current constellation of GPS satellites with advanced capabilities, said Johnathan […]

Mary Miller,  Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering

Official: Meeting Early 2020s Goal For Hypersonics, Directed Energy Will Require Unified Service Effort

The Pentagon’s plan to deploy the first hypersonics and directed energy (DE) weapons capabilities by the early 2020s and match increasing investments from China and Russia will require the services to unify their technological modernization efforts, a top DoD official said Wednesday. Mary Miller, assistant secretary of defense for research and engineering, told attendees at […]

Sikorsky's HH-60W combat rescue helicopter will replace the Air Force's aging HH-60G Pave Hawk fleet by the 2020s. Image: Sikorsky.

GAO: As Maintenance Builds, New Air Force Pave Hawk Replacement To Arrive Ahead of Schedule

The Air Force’s new combat search-and-rescue helicopters are slated to be delivered months early, but a new government-issued report detailing the current fleet of HH-60G Pave Hawks’ maintenance woes indicates the shift can’t come fast enough. The service has employed Pave Hawk helicopters for combat search-and-rescue missions since the 1980s, but the inventory has shrunk […]

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GAO: Military Services Do Not Track All Aviation Mishap Data, Do So Differently

A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) audit of the information the military collects about aviation mishaps found the services do not track all relevant data and each have different standards, making it hard for the Department of Defense to analyze trends. The report said each service’s safety center does not collect standardized aviation mishap data. […]