Archive: Air Force

Boeing, Northrop Grumman Respond To MDA GMD Feedback Request

By Ann Roosevelt Boeing [BA] and Northrop Grumman [NOC] yesterday said they responded to a Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Request for Information (RFI) on the future acquisition strategy for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) program. "The GMD team includes partners Orbital, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, Bechtel and Teledyne Brown, and each partner brings important elements to […]

Northrop Grumman, Boeing Submit Final Bids In Tanker Competition

By Jen DiMascio The Air Force’s tanker competition comes down to the wire as Boeing [BA] and Northrop Grumman [NOC] yesterday submitted their final bids for the service’s top acquisition priority this year. At stake is a contract worth up to $40 billion for up to 179 aircraft over the next 15 years. The spoils […]

Air Force Fields Communications Device For Air Strike Controllers On The Go

The Air Force is sending a lightweight wireless communications device to combat units next week for the first time that will allow its ground personnel who call in air strikes to have a live overhead image of the intended target and its surroundings when they are dismounted from their tactical vehicles and coordinating an attack, […]

JASSM Cruise Missile Successful In Flight Test, Says Lockheed Martin

By Michael Sirak Lockheed Martin [LMT] says its JASSM stealthy cruise missile flew successfully in a flight test yesterday, according to a company spokeswoman. "After nine consecutive successful ground tests, today’s successful flight test demonstrates our commitment to providing the Air Force with the highest quality product," the Lockheed Martin spokeswoman told Defense Daily Dec. […]

Air Force Fields Communications Device For Air Strike Controllers On The Go

By Michael Sirak The Air Force is sending a lightweight wireless communications device to combat units next week for the first time that will allow its ground personnel who call in air strikes to have a live overhead image of the intended target and its surroundings when they are dismounted from their tactical vehicles and […]

Members of Congress Press For C-17 Funding In FY ’09 Budget

By Jen DiMascio Like a number of senators last week, 57 House members this week appealed to the Defense Secretary to ensure that the Air Force funds C-17 Globemasters in the budget the Pentagon will submit to Congress in February. "USAF leaders have expressed concerns during recent congressional hearings regarding their inability to procure additional […]

Chilean Air Force Selects Bell 412 Helicopter

Bell Helicopter Textron [TXT] said it recently hosted a high ranking delegation from the Chilean Air Force (FACH) for a contract signing ceremony in which Gen. Julio Escobar committed the FACH to purchase 12 Bell 412 4 axis helicopters. Gen. Escobar, head of the FACH, said, "We evaluated several helicopters and feel the 412 will […]

Air Force Poised To Launch GPS Satellite Into Orbit Today

The Air Force expects to launch today a new Global Positioning System (GPS) navigation satellite into orbit aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II rocket fired from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The new satellite, designated GPS IIR-18(M), will be the fifth modernized Lockheed Martin [LMT]-built GPS Block IIR-M satellite to be placed […]

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

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 recently. "The truth is that our network […]

Air Force Advances Ambitious Synthetic Fuel Initiative With Historic C-17 Flight

By Michael Sirak MCGUIRE AFB, N.J.–On Monday, the 104th anniversary of the Wright Brothers’ first powered flight, the Air Force said it achieved another milestone by flying an aircraft for the first time ever from coast to coast using a synthetic fuel blend that the service intends to certify for use on its entire fleet […]