Archive: Air Force

Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff for ISR Lt. Gen. VeraLinn "Dash" Jamieson.

Air Force Focusing On Enterprise IT As A Service, Cyber-Integrated ISR Capabilities

Air Force officials are looking to cyber-integrated ISR capabilities and embracing enterprise IT as a service (EaaS) in an effort to better leverage data to protect networks and address growing adversarial threats. Future ISR efforts will take greater advantage of automation and network support teams will be called onto provide mission defense as the service […]

Air Force Gen. Lori Robinson, NORTHCOM/NORAD commander (Air Force photo)

NORTHCOM Chief Says She Will Guard Against Overusing Upgraded F-16s

With the U.S. Air National Guard planning to equip less than a fourth of its F-16s with new radars, a key homeland defense official said Feb. 15 that she will keep an eye on the upgraded fighter jets to prevent them from being overtaxed. “I’m working very closely with the Air Force on this,” said […]

The Air Force wants to replace its aging UH-1N helicopter. Photo: Air Force.

Sikorsky Protests Air Force’s Huey Replacement Program

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin [LMT] company, has filed a pre-contract-award protest with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) over the Air Force’s UH-1N Huey replacement program, saying the service expects the winning bidder to hand over too much intellectual property. Based on discussions with the Air Force, Sikorsky said Feb. 14 that it is concerned about […]

An E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) aircraft. Photo: Air Force.

Competition For JSTARS Replacement Plane Continues As Air Force, Hill Duel Over Proposal To End Program

The U.S. Air Force, which recently announced plans to nix a replacement for its aging E-8C JSTARS ground-surveillance aircraft, is not pulling the plug on the program just yet. Facing congressional opposition to its proposal, the Air Force said Feb. 13 that it intends to continue reviewing industry bids for the replacement plane at least until […]

The E-8C JSTARS. (Air Force photo)

Air Force Aims To Develop New Sensor Fusion System Instead Of Replacing JSTARS Surveillance Plane

The U.S. Air Force is dropping plans to build a new ground-surveillance aircraft, opting instead to begin developing an advanced battle management system that can fuse threat information from various new and existing sensors to provide a comprehensive view of the battlespace. Air Force Undersecretary Matthew Donovan said the service’s $156.3-billion fiscal year 2019 budget […]

The first two combat-coded F-35A Lightning II aircraft arrive at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, Sept. 2, 2015. Photo: Air Force.

Air Force F-35 Program Gets Help From Budget Deal

Language included in the newly enacted federal budget agreement will allow the Air Force to proceed with “critical” construction projects for its F-35A Lightning II program, according to a congressional panel. The provision, or “anomaly,” is part of a continuing resolution (CR) included in the two-year budget agreement, the Senate Appropriations Committee said Feb 8. […]

The T-6A Texan II trainer. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Air Force Says T-6A Trainer Plane’s Woes May Be Due To Maintenance

The U.S. Air Force is investigating whether maintenance problems with the T-6A’s pilot breathing system caused a recent surge in physiological episodes (PEs) that led to the grounding of the trainer aircraft fleet, according to a service official. The Air Force suspects that technicians may need more training to maintain the plane’s on-board oxygen generation […]

Two Afghan Air Force A-29 Super Tucanos fly over Kabul in 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Air Force Plans Second Light-Attack Aircraft Experiment

The U.S. Air Force intends to conduct a second phase of experiments with light-attack aircraft this spring and summer, the service said Feb. 2. The Air Force said in a statement that the second round will take place from May to July at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona and involve “the two most promising” […]

A T-6A Texan II trainer jet. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Air Force Grounds T-6A Trainers After Physiological Events

The U.S. Air Force said it will ground its fleet of T-6A Texan II trainer planes Feb. 1 so it can investigate what caused a “cluster” of recent physiological events at three bases. The incidents occurred over the past week at Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi, Vance Air Force Base in Oklahoma and Sheppard Air Force Base […]

Lockheed Martin employees encapsulate the Air Force's SBIRS GEO 3 satellite before its launch. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Air Force Issues Final RFP For Five Launches

The U.S. Air Force released a final request for proposals Jan. 31 to launch five Air Force and National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) spacecraft in the early 2020s. According to the Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) in California, which announced the RFP, the solicitation includes the fiscal year 2021 launches of two Air […]