Archive: Air Force

Air Force Embarks On New Quest For Smart Fuze For Bunker Busters

By Michael Sirak The Air Force is launching an ambitious program to develop a sophisticated smart fuze for its bunker buster munitions, according to senior service weapons developers and recently issued documents. The Hard Target Void Sensing Fuze (HTVSF) is a new-start program for FY ’08 that will set the Air Force anew on the […]

Air Force Says Reaper Armed Unmanned Aircraft Now Operating In Afghanistan

The Air Force has been using its new MQ-9A Reaper armed unmanned aircraft in missions over Afghanistan since late September, the service said recently. The General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI)-built Reaper is the larger cousin to the MQ-1 Predator unmanned aircraft system (UAS) that has flown extensively in support of combat operations in Afghanistan […]

GPS Satellite Successfully Launched Into Orbit, Say Air Force, Industry

By Michael Sirak The Air Force and its industry partners say they successfully launched a Global Positioning System (GPS) navigation satellite into space yesterday as part of continual efforts to replace older members of the on-orbit GPS constellation with new more capable assets. The Lockheed Martin [LMT]-built satellite, designated GPS IIR-17(M), traveled into orbit aboard […]

Air Force Abandons Concept To Strike Maritime Targets With Seekerless Bomb

By Michael Sirak The Air Force has decided against procuring the capability to attack maritime targets with a specially configured version of the Joint Direct Attack Munition, known as the JDAM AMSTE, judging this approach to be too difficult, senior service officials said last week. "We had pursued the JDAM AMSTE program, but found that…when […]

Air Force Weapons Overseers Confident In Future of Troubled Cruise Missile

By Michael Sirak Senior Air Force weapons developers expressed optimism last week that the JASSM cruise missile is on a course for recovery and will be able to overcome lingering reliability issues that have placed its future in question. "I am confident that we are on the road to getting this thing back in shape," […]

Air Force Working Toward Global Hawk Demonstration In Pacific Next Year

The Air Force is planning to conduct a demonstration of the RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned sensor aircraft next year in the Pacific to showcase the platform and the value of its high-resolution imagery to U.S. partners and friends there, the service’s top general in the region said recently. Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) Commander Gen. Paul […]

Air Force Acquisition Deputy Dies In Apparent Suicide

By Michael Sirak Charles Riechers, principal deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition since January, was found dead in his Virginia home this past weekend, the victim of an apparent suicide. While the Air Force said yesterday the details of Riechers’ death are under investigation, there was increasing speculation by press time yesterday […]

Payton: Air Force Will Set Level Playing Field In New Round of CSAR-X Bidding

The Air Force is committed to ensuring that none of the three of the industry teams vying to supply its next-generation rescue helicopter will view itself at a competitive disadvantage as the contest moves ahead, the service’s top acquisition official said recently. "We want to make sure that everyone feels that they are being treated […]

Newest Air Force Communications Satellite Now On Orbit, Being Readied For Use

By Michael Sirak The Air Force says the first of its Boeing [BA]-built Wideband Global Satellite Communications (WGS) spacecraft was successfully launched into orbit on Wednesday, beginning the process of placing a modern constellation in space by early next decade to replace the service’s aging on-orbit communications infrastructure. Following a series of orbital maneuvers and […]

Lawmakers Petition Air Force To Oppose Split Purchase of KC-X Tankers

By Jen DiMascio Lawmakers are calling on the Air Force to continue to oppose the idea of dividing between two contractors an award for its next-generation aerial refueling tankers. Separate letters by members of the House and Senate call on Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne to set the record straight that the competition for the […]