Archive: Air Force

Gen. Joseph Lengyel, chief of the National Guard Bureau. Photo: Air Force

Readiness Of National Guard On Point, Chief Says

Amid overseas deployments and responding to natural disasters in the U.S. and its territories, the readiness of the National Guard is where it needs to be, Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel said on Tuesday. “We are right where we are supposed to be in terms of what we’re built to go do,” Lengyel, who is […]

Commander of Air Force Material Command Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski. Photo: Air Force.

Air Force Boosting Logistical Support With Agile Software Development, 3-D Printing

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.–The Air Force is embracing 3-D printing and improving its agile software development in order to improve the flexibility of its logistical support process and increase the efficiency of repair coordination efforts between service members and industry partners, according to Commander of  Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski. Speaking at the […]

Heather Wilson testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on her nomination to be Air Force secretary. (Air Force photo)

Air Force To Review Research Portfolio

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — With potential adversaries rapidly improving their capabilities, the U.S. Air Force is launching a year-long review of its research efforts to ensure it is poised to keep its technological edge, service Secretary Heather Wilson announced Sept. 18. The review will identify basic and applied research areas that are key to improving […]

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

Air Force Eyes 2018 Combat Demo For Light-Attack Aircraft

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The U.S. Air Force, which has been studying whether light-attack aircraft could serve as a low-cost supplement to its fighter jets, plans to conduct a light-attack combat demonstration “sometime next year,” a key official said Sept. 18. The demonstration will build on the light-attack aircraft experiment the Air Force conducted over the […]

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee

Senate Rejects House Plan To Form Space Corps

The U.S. Senate has approved an amendment to its fiscal year 2018 defense authorization bill that would block a controversial House proposal to create a space corps. The Senate language, offered by Sens. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), both members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, would ban the use of FY 2018 […]

The Air Force wants to replace its aging UH-1N helicopter. Photo: Air Force.

Boeing, Lockheed Submit Bids For Air Force Huey Replacement

Boeing [BA] and Lockheed Martin [LMT] have announced that they submitted bids for the U.S. Air Force’s UH-1N Huey helicopter replacement program. Boeing said late Sept. 13 that its MH-139 is based on Leonardo’s AW139, which is “in service with more than 250 government, military and commercial operators around the world.” Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin […]

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

Boeing Lands Contract To Begin Designing New Air Force One

The U.S. Air Force has awarded a nearly $600 million contract modification to Boeing [BA] to conduct the initial design of a replacement for the Air Force One presidential jets, the service announced Sept. 13. The 18-month contract modification calls for Boeing to incorporate a mission communication system, electrical power upgrades, a medical facility, an […]

The E-8C JSTARS. (Air Force photo)

Air Force Rethinking JSTARS Replacement

The U.S. Air Force, which has been preparing to replace its aging E-8C JSTARS ground-surveillance aircraft with a modified civil jet, has begun exploring whether a different approach might be more effective in highly contested environments. Any changes in the acquisition plan could be reflected in the Air Force’s fiscal year 2019 budget request, due […]

The Air Force's X-37B unmanned spaceplane (Photo courtesy of Air Force)

Air Force’s X-37B Spaceplane Starts Fifth Mission

The U.S. Air Force launched the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle on its fifth mission Sept. 7. Dodging Hurricane Irma, the Boeing [BA]-built unmanned reusable spaceplane lifted off on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at about 10 a.m. Eastern time from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The X-37B hosts the Air Force Research Laboratory’s second […]