Archive: Air Force

Air Force Prepares For Launch Next Week of Wideband Global Communications Satellite

The Air Force said yesterday that it intends to launch the first of its new communications satellites, the Boeing [BA]-built Wideband Global Satellite Communications (WGS) system, into orbit next Tuesday. Barring weather or last-minute developments, the satellite will lift off aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle from Cape Canaveral, […]

Air Force Working Toward Global Hawk Demonstration In Pacific Next Year

By Michael Sirak 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 last week. Pacific Air Forces […]

Air Force May Accelerate Deployment of CV-22s Into Combat, Says Moseley

The Air Force may accelerate the combat debut of the CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft to avoid a decrease in the vertical-lift capabilities available to the special operations community as the service’s remaining MH-53 Pave Low helicopters are phased out over the next 18 months, Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Moseley said recently. Moseley said the […]

Air Force’s CV-22 To Begin Operational Test And Readiness Review

The Air Force Special Operations variant of the V-22 Osprey this week will begin its operational test and readiness review (OTR&R)–a comprehensive examination of all the developmental testing done on the CV-22, a program official said. Once OTR&R is completed, the aircraft will have one more hurdle to get over before entering its initial operational […]

Air Force’s CV-22 To Begin Operational Test And Readiness Review This Week

By Geoff Fein The Air Force Special Operations variant of the V-22 Osprey this week will begin its operational test and readiness review (OTR&R)–a comprehensive examination of all the developmental testing done on the CV-22, a program official said. Once OTR&R is completed, the aircraft will have one more hurdle to get over before entering […]

Air Force Mulls Path Ahead For Protecting Satellites

By Michael Sirak and Dave Ahearn The Air Force continues to grapple with how to protect its on-orbit space assets in the wake of China’s successful test of an anti-satellite weapon in January, according to senior service officials. "First [we have to] make sure we have the situational awareness," Secretary of the Air Force Michael […]

Payton: Air Force Expects First C-5 RERP Production Contract In Early 2008

By Michael Sirak The Air Force expects that the forthcoming process of recertifying the C-5 Reliability Enhancement and Re-engining Program (RERP) for continuation will conclude by the end of January, the service’s acquisition executive said last week. This will allow the service to sign a production contract with Lockheed Martin [LMT] to proceed with the […]

GMD Missile Defense System Succeeds In Test

By Dave Ahearn The Ground-based Midcourse missile Defense (GMD) system aced a test Friday against a long-range ballistic missile target, just as Congress is poised to decide the financial fate of plans to extend the GMD system to Europe. In the test, a target missile was sent aloft from the Kodiak Launch Complex at Kodiak, […]