Archive: Air Force

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

Air Force Probing F-22 Mishap In Nevada

The U.S. Air Force is investigating why an F-22 Raptor skidded to a stop on the runway at Naval Air Station Fallon in Nevada shortly after takeoff last week. The Lockheed Martin [LMT]-built F-22, which is assigned to the 90th Fighter Squadron at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) in Alaska, was at Fallon to participate in a training […]

Air Force Director of Cyberspace Innovation Lauren Knausenberger

Air Force Embracing Automation For Software Approval, IT Processes

The Air Force is readying an announcement it has completed a new initiative to automate the process of approving commercial software, as officials look to speed up the deployment of new capabilities and automate more of the force’s information technology (IT) workload. Lauren Knausenberger, the Air Force’s director of cyberspace innovation, told attendees at an […]

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch (Air Force photo)

B-21 Bomber Making Progress On Software, Air Force Says

Software deliveries have begun for the U.S. Air Force’s future B-21 Raider bomber, a service official said late April 18. “We’ve delivered the first set of software for the platform, and we’re going through that,” said Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch, military deputy in the Air Force acquisition office. “And we’re getting set up for the next set […]


Air Force Taps Lockheed Martin To Develop Air-Launched Hypersonic Weapon

The U.S. Air Force has picked Lockheed Martin [LMT] to develop and test the air-launched Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon (HCSW) prototype, the service announced late April 18. Lockheed Martin was one of three bidders for the multi-year contract, which has a value of up to $928 million.  The Air Force said it plans to award […]

U.S. AIR FORCES CENTRAL COMMAND (April 14, 2018) - U.S. Air Force maintenance Airmen and aircrews conduct final checks on a B-1 Bomber before launching to strike chemical weapons targets in Syria April 13, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo/Released)

Air Force Shows Off Stealthy Long-Range JASSM-ER For First Time In Syria Strikes

Of the 105 weapons fired by U.S., British and French forces against Syria on April 14, 19 were a new version of the Lockheed Martin [LMT] Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles that had never previously been fired in combat. The extended-range JASSM, or JASSM-ER, missiles were fired on targets within Syria by two B-1B Lancer bombers. […]

The U.S. Air Force's A-10. Photo: Air Force.

Air Force Nears Releasing RFP For New A-10 Wings

A request for proposals to build new wings for the aging but heavily used A-10 Thunderbolt II close-air-support aircraft is slated to be issued in the current April-to-June quarter, service officials said April 12. The A-10 fleet consists of 282 aircraft, of which 173 have already received new wings. When the Air Force was considering […]

An AC-130J taxis the runway for its first official sortie Jan. 31, 2014, at Eglin AFB, Fla. Photo: Air Force.

AFSOC Lines Up Partial Funding For Laser Gunship Demo

U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) is making progress in getting funding to demonstrate a laser gunship prototype but remains well short of what it needs, according to the command’s leader. AFSOC, which wants to test a 60-kilowatt, solid-state laser on an AC-130 gunship by fiscal year 2022, is poised to receive $34 million […]

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 Chief: Program Structure Should Change As Jet Enters Production, Operation

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Impending changes to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter management structure are a natural result of the program moving from development to production and the jets becoming operational both in the United States and around the world, according to Joint Program Office Chief Vice Adm. Mat Winter. “As we look forward, every […]

Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen Wilson (Photo courtesy of Air Force)

Air Force Probing Rise In Minor Aviation Mishaps

The Air Force is trying to determine why it experienced a recent uptick in minor aviation accidents, a service official said. The increase has been in Class C mishaps, which cause non-fatal, loss-of-work-time injury or damage of at least $50,000 but less than $500,000, said Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen Wilson.  While such mishaps […]

Artist's rendering of the Air Force's Long Range Strike Bomber, designated B-21. Photo: Air Force.

DoD Deputy Gets ‘Deep Dive’ Briefing On Air Force’s B-21 Bomber

Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, whose duties include overseeing big-ticket acquisition programs, attended a recent “deep dive” briefing on the Air Force’s B-21 Raider to better familiarize himself with the bomber development effort, a service official said April 9. Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen Wilson said that he and prime contractor Northrop Grumman [NOC] also took part […]