Archive: Air Force

USAFE Head: Lajes In Azores An Appealing Site For F-35 Training, Joint Exercise

By Michael Sirak RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany–Lajes in the Portuguese Azores is an appealing location to host a training range for the F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter as well as additional modern aircraft and weapon systems due to the vast airspace and sparsely inhabited areas around it, the Air Force’s top general in Europe said […]

Northrop Grumman, Raytheon Win Work On Next-Gen GPS Control Segment

By Michael Sirak The Air Force last week chose Northrop Grumman [NOC] and Raytheon [RTN] to conduct concurrent developmental work on a next- generation ground control segment for Global Positioning System (GPS) navigation satellites. Each company won phase A contracts worth about $160 million to reduce the risk in the design of the GPS Operational […]

Air Force Clears F-15 Fleet To Return To Flight

By Michael Sirak Having already cleared its F-15E Strike Eagle multirole fighter aircraft to return to flight, the Air Force has now given the go-ahead for its F-15A and F-15C Eagle air superiority fighters and their two-seat F-15B and F-15D trainer variants to resume flight operations upon undergoing a safety inspection, according to service officials. […]

Reaper Unmanned Aircraft Becoming An Increasing Presence In Afghanistan

Southwest Asia–Both the United Kingdom and United States now are operating General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI)-built Reaper remotely piloted aircraft over the skies of Afghanistan, and, as of this month, U.S. Air Force assets have effectively employed the missile and bomb types that they currently carry against anti-government insurgents there, according to officials from the […]

Air Force Plans Frequent Exchanges With Industry During CSAR-X Bid Evaluations

Applying the lessons from the first go-around, the Air Force will do more to maintain a continual dialogue with industry throughout the process of evaluating the proposals for the service’s new combat search and rescue helicopter, the Air Force’s top weapon buyer said Nov. 20. "We will have several interim debriefs of all of the […]

Air Force Plans Frequent Exchanges With Industry During CSAR-X Bid Evaluations

By Michael Sirak Applying the lessons from the first go-around, the Air Force will do more to maintain a continual dialogue with industry throughout the process of evaluating the proposals for the service’s new combat search and rescue helicopter, the Air Force’s top weapon buyer said Nov. 20. "We will have several interim debriefs of […]

New Sales of F-16s Important Bridge To F-35, Says USAFE Head

By Michael Sirak RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany–For several nations in Europe and the vicinity, the acquisition of F-16 fighter jets, whether new or used, is still an attractive interim option before ultimately transitioning to the F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter aircraft, the top Air Force general in Europe said here last week. "The nations that […]

Moseley: Questions Remain Over F-15C Crash As F-15Es Returning To Flight

By Michael Sirak The Air Force still doesn’t know what caused an F-15C Eagle fighter jet to break in half Nov. 2 shortly after takeoff on a mission inside the United States, but has already returned many of its F-15E Strike Eagle multirole fighters to flying status, the service’s top military officer said Friday. "The […]

Air Force Promotes Airlift Options For Middle Eastern Partners

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates–The Air Force is looking to build partnerships in the Middle East in the realm of airlift since there is a need both for tactical and strategic capacity in the region, the service’s top international representative said here Sunday at the 2007 Dubai Air Show. "Lift is a big deal. Why? Everybody […]