Archive: Air Force

The GPS III program is a platform that could use improved acquisition. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Air Force’s First GPS III Satellite Scheduled for Launch in Mid-December

The Air Force’s first GPS III satellite has been scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida on Dec. 19, the service’s Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) said Monday. The launch was previously scheduled for Dec. 15, but was pushed back to accommodate a NASA resupply mission to the International Space Station […]

Falcon Heavy lifts off from Florida during its first flight Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: SpaceX)

Report Finds Space Force Could Cost Less than $3 Billion in New Funding

A new independent report released Monday asserts that it will take between $1.5 billion and $2.7 billion over five years to stand up some variation of a separate military branch dedicated to space, assuming the intelligence community is not included. Three potential scenarios for a new space-related military branch are laid out in the report, […]

A Boeing KC-46A tanker refuels an F-16. (Photo courtesy of Boeing)

Two Major KC-46 Deficiencies Downgraded by Air Force

The Air Force has recently downgraded two category-1 deficiencies tied to the Boeing [BA] developed KC-46 next-generation tanker program to a category-2 designation, Defense Daily has learned. Following a deficiency review board meeting Nov. 7, the service downgraded deficiencies related to the boom radial loads and the centerline drogue system to CAT-2 deficiencies, meaning a workaround solution […]

Air Force Awards Lockheed Martin $172 Million for Long-Range Anti-Ship Missiles

The Air Force on Thursday awarded Lockheed Martin [LMT] a $172 million fixed-price incentive-fee contract for Long Range Anti-Ship Missiles (LRASMs) Lot 2 production. The contract includes production of 50 LRASMs. The long-range anti-ship missile, a stealthy cruise missile being developed for use on both Air Force and Navy platforms, has undergone several flight tests since […]

A Boeing KC-46A tanker refuels an F-16. (Photo courtesy of Boeing)

Air Force, Boeing Still Working For KC-46 To Be Ready By End of Year

The Air Force and Boeing [BA] are working on ways to address multiple deficiencies in the KC-46 aerial refueling aircraft, but it’s appearing less and less likely that the service will get a next-generation tanker on the ramp by the end of 2018. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said Nov. 15 that the service met […]

Deputy Secretary of Defense (DSD) Patrick M. Shanahan speaks to Keystone class 18-1 at the Pentagon, March 13, 2018. Keystone educates Command Senior Enlisted Leaders serving in or slated to serve in general or flag officer level joint or service headquarters. DSD Shanahan spoke about the Secretary’s lines of effort for the department. (DoD Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. James K. McCann)

Shanahan: Space Force Budget Estimate Could Be Less Than $10 Billion

The Pentagon’s latest budget estimate for standing up a new separate Space Force could be less than $10 billion, the department’s number-two civilian told reporters Nov. 15. Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said at the Pentagon that the current budget estimate is “a single digit, not a double digit” in billions of dollars, adding “it […]

Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning II at the 2018 Paris Air Show. Photo: Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin Awarded $6 Billion Toward F-35 Lot 12 Contract

The Navy on Wednesday awarded Lockheed Martin [LMT] a contract modification that allows the company to take the first steps toward a Lot 12 contract of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter worth up to $22 billion and including 255 aircraft. The current modification, worth $6 billion, is for the production and delivery of 106 F-35 […]

The Minuteman III missile (Photo: Boeing)

Boeing Awarded $70 Million Minuteman III Contract Modification

Boeing [BA] has been awarded a $70.5 million contract modification for the Air Force’s Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) flight test, telemetry and termination program, the Defense Department said Nov. 13. The modification changes the “specifications for the parts management plan, flight termination receiver, electromagnetic interference, cable qualification requirements, and antenna testing requirements,” according […]

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Trump Makes Picks For Aviation Safety Panel Include Textron CEO

President Trump on Nov. 9 made his four appointments to the National Commission on Aviation Safety that will delve into and report on the recent spike in military aviation mishaps. The list of four names was issued early Friday without any explanation of the appointees qualifications or background. Topping the four bulleted names is industry […]