Archive: Air Force

Boeing MH-47G. (Boeing Photo)

Boeing Doing Brisk Business With Half-Billion Dollars In Chinook Contracts

With an Army contract for 150 CH-47 helicopters July 19, Boeing [BA] in one week has sold more than half a billion dollars worth of Chinooks and support services for the heavylift helicopters.  On the heels of a $140 million contract to build four MH-47G Block II aircraft, Boeing [BA] has sealed a quarter-billion-dollar deal […]

An artist's rendering of the future Air Force One. (Photo: Boeing)

Air Force Officially Awards Boeing $3.9 Billion For New Air Force One

The Air Force awarded Boeing [BA] a $3.9 billion contract on Tuesday to launch the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase of the Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization (PAR) that will replace the current fleet of Air Force One presidential jets. In the contract announcement, the Air Force said $64 million is being obligated at award time, […]

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

KC-46A Tanker Completes Flight Testing Ahead Of First Expected Delivery In October

The Air Force completed flight testing on July 6 for the KC-46A refueling tanker, bringing Boeing [BA] a step closer to delivering the first aircraft in October for the oft-delayed program, company officials announced on Friday. The KC-46 concluded Military Type Certification (MTC) testing, and has now successfully demonstrated receiver testing with KC-135, F-16 and […]

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Photo by Lockheed Martin.

Lockheed Martin Targets $80 Million Price Tag For F-35 By LRIP 14

FARNBOROUGH INTERNATIONAL AIRSHOW–Lockheed Martin [LMT] has reached a “handshake” agreement on the low-rate initial product lot 11 (LRIP 11) contract for the F-35, according to a program update provided by a company executive on Monday at the Farnborough International Air Show. The company will not confirm specifics of the new deal until the agreement is […]

Boeing received a $986 million award from the U.S. Air Force for services for the C-17. Photo: Air Force.

Boeing Tallies $2.1 Billion In Services Orders At Farnborough

Boeing [BA] on Monday said its Global Services segment racked up $2.1 billion in potential new orders and agreements from commercial and government customers worldwide, including a nearly $1 billion deal with the U.S. Air Force for training services for the C-17 transport aircraft. All in all, government orders and agreements are worth up to […]

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

Air Force Canceling Future Light-Attack Flight Demos After Recent A-29 Crash

The Air Force is canceling all remaining flight demonstrations for its light-attack aircraft experiment following a recent fatal crash of an A-29 plane, the service said last week. Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch, the head of the Air Force’s acquisition office, said the program to test the feasibility of light-attack aircraft will continue despite flights being […]


NNSA Conducts B61-12 Flight-Hardware Tests on B-2 Bomber

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced last week it completed a pair of flight tests on non-nuclear components of the B61-12 nuclear gravity bomb near the Nevada National Test Site.“The tests involved releasing a B61-12 non-nuclear test assembly, which includes the NNSA designed bomb assembly and U.S. Air Force acquired tail-kit, from a B-2A […]

Air Force Gen. James "Mike" Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command. Photo: USAF.

Air Force Grounds Light-Attack Aircraft Experiment After Crash

The U.S. Air Force has suspended flying for its light-attack aircraft experiment while it investigates the recent fatal crash of one of the participating planes, the head of Air Combat Command (ACC) said June 28. “We haven’t figured out what happened yet,” Gen. James “Mike” Holmes told the Defense Writers Group. “Because there’s no operational […]