Archive: Air Force

A U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress bomber takes off from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, on a higher headquarters-directed Continuous Bomber Presence mission in support of exercise Pitch Black 18 in Australia's Northern Territory Aug. 6, 2018 (HST). Bilateral training between the United States and allies like Australia increases interoperability and strengthens our long-standing military-to-military partnerships. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Quail)

Wilson: Air Force Needs 386 Squadrons to Meet Operational Needs

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The Air Force plans to boost its number of operational squadrons by nearly 25 percent by 2030 to meet requirements set in the 2018 National Defense Strategy, service Secretary Heather Wilson said Monday. The service must have 386 squadrons to meet that goal, she said in her keynote speech at the […]

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson delivers her 'Air Force We Need' speech during the Air Force Association's Air, Space and Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, Sept. 17, 2018. Wilson stressed the Air Force will need more active, guard and reserve Airmen to fully enable the serviceÕs operational squadrons. The Air, Space and Cyber Conference is a professional development conference that offers an opportunity for Department of Defense personnel to participate in forums, speeches, seminars and workshops. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. DeAndre Curtiss)

Air Force Delivers Space Force Roadmap to Pentagon

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The Air Force is working with the Pentagon to shape its future space acquisition architecture, and the service’s next budget request will include a proposal for a new Space Force, service Secretary Heather Wilson said Monday. The service last week delivered a proposal on the responsibilities and structure of a new […]

An F-35 Lightning II instructor pilot with the 58th Fighter Squadron, Eglin Air Force Base conducts aerial refueling for certification at Eglin Air Force Base, Fl, May 13, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. John R. Nimmo, Sr./RELEASED)

F-35 Procurement Flying High in FY ‘19 Defense Appropriations Bill

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is emerging as a big winner in the fiscal year 2019 defense spending bill, as congressional leaders have included over a dozen additional aircraft over what was authorized in the FY’19 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Appropriators released Sept. 13 the conference report for the H.R. 6157 “minibus” bill, which […]

The Bell-Boeing MV-22. (Photo: Bell)

Consensus Defense Funding Bill Boosts Army, Navy Rotorcraft Procurement

A consensus spending bill agreed to by U.S. House and Senate budgeters would fully fund military rotorcraft procurement programs and boost funding for Army helicopters and Marine Corps tiltrotors. The conference report on the 2019 Defense Appropriations Act approves a total $41 billion and change in aircraft procurement funding for the Air Force, Army and […]

The Air Force's F-16D fighter jet. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Air Force F-16 Modernization Efforts Ramping up

DAYTON, Ohio — A series of planned modernizations to the U.S. fleet of F-16 fighter jets has the Air Force looking for more depot space to make these upgrades, the F-16 program manager said Wednesday. The service last December released a request for information (RFI) regarding industrial depot capacity that will help take some weight […]

Air Force Prepares for Open Skies Tanker Recap While Congress Mulls Funding

DAYTON, Ohio — The Air Force is readying its acquisition strategy to replace its two aging OC-135B observation aircraft in the next fiscal year, the deputy program executive officer for the tanker directorate said Wednesday. But the service’s recap plans could be in jeopardy as Congress works toward passing its fiscal year 2019 (FY19) appropriations […]

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

Roper Urges Air Force to Treat Software Upgrades as a Service, Not a Product

DAYTON, Ohio — The Air Force needs to move away from making major, infrequent system software upgrades if it is to ensure that capabilities are up-to-date to meet future threats, a top service official said Wednesday. “The goal is to keep a cadence of software push all the time,” Will Roper, service assistant secretary for […]

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

AFRL to Deliver Final Light Attack Data Report by Mid-September

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has completed its portion of data assessments related to the service’s light attack aircraft experiment, and plans to submit a final report on its findings to senior leadership by mid-September, the laboratory’s executive director said Tuesday. The report will include data findings on […]

A KC-46 tanker refuels an F/A-18 fighter during testing. (Boeing photo)

Air Force Awards Boeing Lot 4 for KC-46 Tanker Program

The Air Force Monday awarded a contract modification to Boeing [BA] to build the fourth lot of KC-46 next-generation tanker aircraft. The contract modification, worth $2.9 billion, includes 18 additional aircraft, data, two spare engines, five wing refueling pod kits, initial spares, and support equipment being produced under the basic contract. Boeing received its first […]

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

Boeing’s KC-46 Receives Final FAA Certification Ahead Of Expected October Delivery

Boeing [BA] said on Wednesday its KC-46 aircraft, set to be the Air Force’s next mid-air refueling tanker, has received final certification from the Federal Aviation Administration ahead of an expected first delivery this October. The KC-46 Pegasus has now received both required FAA certificates three years after beginning flight tests, and company officials said […]