Archive: Air Force

Air Force Chief Open To Discussion of Selling F-22s Abroad

By Jen DiMascio The Air Force chief of staff yesterday indicated he would welcome discussions with the defense secretary about opening the F-22 Raptor to foreign military sales. The sale of the stealth fighter jet made by Lockheed Martin [LMT] to foreign nations was prohibited by law in the fiscal year 1998 defense appropriations act, […]

HASC Drills Down On Air Force Unfunded Requirements

By Jen DiMascio The Air Force’s list of $20 billion in unfunded requirements was front and center at a House Armed Services Committee (HASC) hearing yesterday. Members of the committee sought to get to the bottom of the difference between the service’s official budget and its annual wish list, which this year more than doubles […]


Boeing Gains $77 Million Pact For LAIRCM Laser Tracker Gear The Air Force gave the McDonnell Douglas Corp. unit of The Boeing Co. [BA] a $77 million contract change for laser tracker gear. McDonnell Douglas, at its Long Beach, Calif. installation, is being awarded an undefinitzed contract modification for CCP 0575, Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasure […]

Young Memo Calls Additional C-17 Buy Costly

By Jen DiMascio Buying more than 205 C-17 Globemaster aircraft to boost airlift capacity is too expensive, according to a memo by the Pentagon’s acquisition chief. During the process of certifying a program to replace engines on C-5 Galaxy aircraft, John Young also reviewed options for buying additional C-17 aircraft. "The higher costs of options […]

Defense Watch

The Latest Word On Trends And Developments In Aerospace And Defense D-Day. Mark the calendar. Put the Air Force acquisition shop on speed-dial. The Defense Acquisition Board meets today to decide the fate of the KC-X aerial refueling tanker replacement program. A decision whether the initial contract worth up to $40 billion goes to Boeing […]

Singapore Air Force Taps IAC For Advanced Hums For AH-64D Apaches

Intelligent Automation Corp. (IAC) has been selected by Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) for the advanced HUMS (Health Usage Monitoring System) for its AH-64D helicopters. IAC will adapt and integrate the combat proven IAC-1209, Modern Signal Processing Unit (MSPU) into the RSAF AH-64D aircraft. The RSAF operates 20 AH-64D and has a reputation of […]

Boeing Gains $49 Million Contract For Laser R&D, Testing

The Air Force has awarded Boeing [BA] a $49 million contract for laser technology development. The Laser Application Support and In-house Research and Development (LASIR) contract calls for Boeing to support research, design, development and testing at the Air Force Research Laboratory sites at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, N.M. Specific efforts will include: […]

Air Force Gears Up for Multiyear Look at Commercial Fee-for-Service Tankers

The Air Force is preparing to embark on a five-year or more effort mandated by Congress to explore the merits of using commercial tankers on a fee-for-service basis to augment its own aerial refueling fleet, a senior service general said last week. "We are going to do a sources sought RFI [request for information] here […]

JFCOM Lays Out 2008 Plans For Noble Resolve

By Calvin Biesecker The U.S. Joint Forces Command (JFCOM) and U.S Northern Command (NORTHCOM) have begun planning for this year’s experimentation campaign for homeland defense and military support of civilian authorities, with a focus on five key areas. The five focus areas for Noble Resolve this year are information sharing, maritime domain awareness, counter-weapons of […]

Young Certifies C-5 Re-engining Program

By Jen DiMascio The defense acquisition chief yesterday announced he has certified the C-5 Reliability Enhancement and Re-engining Program (RERP) for continuation. John Young signed an order certifying 49 remaining C-5B-model and C-model aircraft. Three other C-5s have already been modified, according to an Air Force spokeswoman. C-5A model aircraft, many of which the service […]