Archive: Air Force

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]