Archive: Air Force

F-22s Stay Away, For Now, From Coalition Air Training Exercises In Middle East

By Michael Sirak The Air Force has put off the debut of its new F-22 Raptor stealth multi-role fighter aircraft in the coalition air-combat training exercises held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) until the Raptor fleet is more firmly established in the United States, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Moseley said. Originally, […]

Air Force Retains Interest In B-52 Jammer As POM 2010 Build Ensues

The Air Force remains interested in establishing a program of record in its FY ’10 program objective memorandum (POM) for a standoff jamming capability on the B-52H bomber aircraft, according to service officials. This concept is known as the Core Component Jammer (CCJ). "But before we proceed," the Secretary of the Air Force (SECAF) public […]

USAFE Head: Lajes In Azores An Appealing Site For F-35 Training, Joint Exercise

By Michael Sirak RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany–Lajes in the Portuguese Azores is an appealing location to host a training range for the F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter as well as additional modern aircraft and weapon systems due to the vast airspace and sparsely inhabited areas around it, the Air Force’s top general in Europe said […]

Flight Tests Commence of New Radar Arrays For B-2A Stealth Bomber

By Michael Sirak The Air Force and its industry partners have begun flights with a test version of the new radar arrays under development for the B-2A stealth bomber aircraft, Northrop Grumman [NOC], the prime contractor for the platform’s upgrades, said on Monday. The company said it, together with Raytheon [RTN], supplier of the modern […]

Northrop Grumman, Raytheon Win Work On Next-Gen GPS Control Segment

The Air Force recently chose Northrop Grumman [NOC] and Raytheon [RTN] to conduct concurrent developmental work on a next- generation ground control segment for Global Positioning System (GPS) navigation satellites. Each company won phase A contracts worth about $160 million to reduce the risk in the design of the GPS Operational Control Segment (OCX) over […]

Moseley: Despite Enduring Activity, No Need To Beddown Aircraft In Middle East

By Michael Sirak Despite the Air Force’s large and enduring presence in the Middle East and Near East and its extensive activities each day in support of anti-insurgent operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, the service has no plans to permanently assign aircraft to the region, Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Moseley said earlier this month. […]

Air Force Retains Interest In B-52 Jammer As POM 2010 Build Ensues

The Air Force remains interested in establishing a program of record in its FY ’10 program objective memorandum (POM) for a standoff jamming capability on the B-52H bomber aircraft, according to service officials. This concept is known as the Core Component Jammer (CCJ). "But before we proceed," the Secretary of the Air Force (SECAF) public […]

Air Force Clears F-15 Fleet To Return To Flight

By Michael Sirak Having already cleared its F-15E Strike Eagle multirole fighter aircraft to return to flight, the Air Force has now given the go-ahead for its F-15A and F-15C Eagle air superiority fighters and their two-seat F-15B and F-15D trainer variants to resume flight operations upon undergoing a safety inspection, according to service officials. […]

Reaper Unmanned Aircraft Becoming An Increasing Presence In Afghanistan

Southwest Asia–Both the United Kingdom and United States now are operating General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI)-built Reaper remotely piloted aircraft over the skies of Afghanistan, and, as of this month, U.S. Air Force assets have effectively employed the missile and bomb types that they currently carry against anti-government insurgents there, according to officials from the […]

Air Force Plans Frequent Exchanges With Industry During CSAR-X Bid Evaluations

Applying the lessons from the first go-around, the Air Force will do more to maintain a continual dialogue with industry throughout the process of evaluating the proposals for the service’s new combat search and rescue helicopter, the Air Force’s top weapon buyer said Nov. 20. "We will have several interim debriefs of all of the […]