Archive: Air Force

Paper Urges Killing Raptor, Osprey, DDG 1000, And Buying Just One Sub Per Year

By Dave Ahearn A new paper urges killing the Air Force F-22 Raptor supersonic-superstealth fighter aircraft program, the Air Force-Marine Corps V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, the Navy DDG 1000 destroyer, and also urges abandoning plans to increase Virginia-class submarine purchases from one to two per year. Another recommendation is that missile defense programs be kept […]

Boeing Rejects Again Idea of Split Buy In Air Force KC-X Tanker Contest

By Michael Sirak Boeing [BA] remains resolutely against splitting the Air Force’s multi-billion-dollar KC-X tanker program with rival Northrop Grumman [NOC], the senior official leading the company’s KC-767 proposal said yesterday. "The bottom line for us is that we are really not interested in a split buy," Mark McGraw, Boeing Tanker Program manager, said Dec. […]

Defense Watch

The Latest Word On Trends And Developments In Aerospace And Defense Anything But Iraq. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said last week said that before the end of the congressional session Democrats were likely to include defense funding in an omnibus spending bill that would be considered before the end of the year. "There probably […]

Roles and Missions Study To Address Control Over Cargo Aircraft Program

By Jen DiMascio The House is likely to vote this week on a bill that authorizes the Defense Department to spend $507 billion during this fiscal year. The wide-ranging bill that sets new policies in terms of acquisition and wartime contracting also mandates the start of a Pentagon-wide roles and missions study that may help […]

Schwartz: Expanded Global Infrastructure Needed For North-To-South Transport

By Michael Sirak and Jen DiMascio The U.S. military’s global transport network needs to grow from it’s current east-west orientation to a more robust en-route infrastructure that can move personnel and material more readily north to south as well, including into regions of growing interest such as Africa, the general overseeing this network said yesterday. […]

Boeing, Northrop Grumman Vie For Multibillion Dollar KC-10 Logistics Contract

Boeing [BA] and Northrop Grumman [NOC] yesterday announced their interest in winning the Air Force’s multibillion contest to provide contractor logistics support (CLS) to the service’s KC-10 tanker aircraft as well as two Royal Netherlands Air Force KDC-10 aircraft over approximately the next decade. Boeing, the current CLS provider for the Air Force’s 59-aircraft KC-10 […]

Boeing Confident HH-47 Will Prevail Again In New CSAR-X Competition

By Michael Sirak The Boeing [BA] HH-47 helicopter will prevail once again in the Air Force’s revised CSAR-X competition because it is the best platform for the combat- search-and-rescue mission, the company official in charge of the HH-47 program said yesterday. "We remain confident Boeing’s HH-47 is the best value choice and, in the end, […]

Air Force, Boeing, Demonstrate Technology For Automated Refueling of Unmanned Aircraft

The Air Force and a Boeing [BA]-led industry team have demonstrated in-flight the ability of unmanned aircraft to rendezvous autonomously with tanker aircraft so that they could be refueled in flight, the Chicago-based company said yesterday. The flight test occurred under phase one of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)-sponsored Automated Aerial Refueling (AAR) program. […]

MDA Close Up Seeker Imaging Test Deemed Successful

By Ann Roosevelt Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Director Air Force Lt. Gen. Trey Obering yesterday announced that a seeker characterization test Dec. 3 for the Net-Centric Airborne Defense Element (NCADE) was successfully conducted at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), N.M. Preliminary indications are that planned flight test objectives were achieved. The test involved the successful […]


New Spy Satellite System Planned, To Cost Billions: Report The Department of Defense (DOD) is expected to procure spy satellites that likely will be based on commercial-sat architecture, in a program costing $2 billion to $4 billion, the Associated Press reported. Called BASIC, the new system likely would be based on an existing commercial satellite […]