Archive: Air Force

President Donald Trump.  (White House photo)

Trump Tells DoD To Form Space Force, But Senator Says He Can’t Do That

President Trump announced June 18 that he has told the Department of Defense to start forming a space force to ensure U.S. space dominance, but a key lawmaker insisted that DoD cannot proceed without congressional approval. “Very importantly, I’m hereby directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish […]

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)

Raytheon Nabs Next-Gen F-35 DAS Sensor

Lockheed Marin [LMT] chose Raytheon [RTN] to develop and deliver the next generation Distributed Aperture System (DAS) for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, replacing the sensor’s incumbent Northrop Grumman [NOC]. Lockheed Martin highlighted this change in provider will reduce cost while adding capabilities. “The supply chain competition for the next generation F-35 Distributed Aperture System […]

Draken International is adding Mirage fighter jets to its adversary air fleet. (Draken photo)

Draken Wins Competition To Provide Adversary Air At Nellis Air Force Base

Draken International has edged out Textron’s [TXT] Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC) for a $280 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to supply and fly adversary fighters for training missions at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. Draken expects to provide more than 5,600 flight hours a year through 2023 under the Nellis Adversary […]

Lt. Gen. John Thompson, commander of Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (Air Force photo)

Air Force Center Sees New Teams As Key To Faster Space Acquisition

The U.S. Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) is forming several teams to increase communication and coordination across the 6,300-person organization and ultimately reduce the time it takes to acquire satellites and other equipment. SMC, which is headquartered at Los Angeles Air Force Base in California, is currently “stove-piped by mission area,” meaning […]

A KC-46A test plane at Boeing Field in Seattle. (Photo by Marc Selinger/Defense Daily)

Senate Panel Wants Air Force To Study Optionally Unmanned Tankers

Concerned about growing threats to the U.S. Air Force’s manned refueling aircraft, the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) has asked the service to explore alternatives, including optionally unmanned tankers. According to a newly released report explaining the committee’s fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill, the Air Force’s existing KC-135 Stratotanker and its new KC-46A Pegasus, which […]

Brig. Gen. B. Chance “Salty” Saltzman, director of current operations for the Air Force deputy chief of staff for operations. (Air Force photo)

Air Force Eyes New Wargame On Multi-Domain Command And Control

The U.S. Air Force plans to launch an annual exercise in October to practice command-and-control (C2) across multiple domains, a service official said June 6. The inaugural wargame, which will take place at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama, will address “some of the problems, challenges, issues associated with moving forward in terms of a […]

Air Force One is currently a Boeing 747-200B. Photo: White House.

Air Force Nixes Controversial Contract To Replace Air Force One Refrigerators

The U.S. Air Force, which faced congressional skepticism over a $24-million sole-source contract to replace the refrigerators on the Air Force One presidential jets, has decided to scrap the deal. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson told Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) in a May 29 letter that the service and White House Military Office have agreed […]

Orbital's Minotaur IV launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Aug. 26, 2017, carrying the ORS-5 space-tracing satellite. Photo: Orbital ATK.

Air Force Studying Alternatives To Troubled ORS-6 Satellite

The U.S. Air Force has scrubbed the launch of a weather demonstration satellite, citing unspecified “technical issues” with the spacecraft’s bus. The Air Force’s Space Rapid Capabilities Office (Space RCO), formerly the Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) office, had planned to launch the ORS-6 satellite on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in February. The mission would […]

F-35Bs belonging to the U.S. Marine Corps fly in formation alongside South Korean and Japanese aircraft during a show-of-force mission over the Korean Peninsula on Aug. 28. (Photo by Republic of Korea Air Force)

Pratt Awarded $2 Billion Mod For F-35 Engine Equipment

The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) awarded Untied Technologies Corp.’s [UTX] Pratt & Whitney a $2 billion modification for engine equipment to support F-35 low-rate initiation production Lot 11 aircraft, the Defense Department said on Thursday. This modification adds funding for production non-recurring/tooling, administrative labor, partner unique items and Lot 11 production propulsion systems. It […]

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

Air Force To Award Contract For New A-10 Wings Next Spring

The U.S. Air Force, which recently launched a competition to replace the wings on some of its aging A-10 Thunderbolt II close-air-support aircraft, plans to pick a winning bidder and award a contract in spring 2019, a service spokeswoman said May 30. The Air Force released a request for proposals May 25, setting an Aug. […]