Archive: Air Force

Hill Air Force Base F-35As fly in formation over the Utah Test and Training Range, March 30, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/R. Nial Bradshaw)

Engine Developers Win IDIQ Awards to Develop New Tech for Air Force

Rolls-Royce on Thursday was awarded a $100 million contract to develop new advanced turbine engine technologies for the Air Force. The indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract is for phase 1 of the service’s Advanced Turbine Technologies for Affordable Mission-Capability (ATTAM) program. Awardees will “develop, demonstrate, and transition advanced turbine propulsion, power and thermal technologies that provides improvement […]

Two Boeing-Saab T-X aircraft fly over St. Louis (Boeing photo)ces_STL_4/27/2017_RMS#307321_MSF17-0022 Series_Photos by John Parker

No Protest for T-X Contract Award to Boeing

The way is clear for Boeing [BA] to safely secure three major aircraft development contracts worth billions as its two competitors declined to protest the Air Force’s T-X trainer aircraft award. Boeing was awarded the advanced pilot trainer contract in late September along with its partner in the competition, Sweden-based Saab. Lockheed Martin [LMT] had […]

F-35Bs belonging to the U.S. Marine Corps fly in formation alongside South Korean and Japanese aircraft during a show-of-force mission over the Korean Peninsula on Aug. 28. (Photo by Republic of Korea Air Force)

F-35s Grounded Worldwide For Fuel Tube Inspection

The U.S. military’s most sophisticated fighter aircraft fleet was temporarily suspended from operations beginning Thursday as the Defense Department worked to determine which of their platforms had a suspect part that could have caused the aircraft’s first-ever crash in September. The Pentagon’s F-35 joint program office announced Oct. 11 that flight operations would halt for […]

GAO graphic showing fictitious weapon system with embedded software and IT systems that could be vulnerable to cyber attacks. Source: GAO

GAO Warns Of Cyber Security Vulnerabilities In Weapon Systems

The Defense Department is in the stages of improving the cyber security of the weapon systems it develops and the vulnerabilities of these systems are made worse due to their complexity, warns a new report by congressional auditors. The potential risks from these vulnerabilities are huge. “These weapons are essential to maintaining our nation’s military […]

Boeing MH-139, the company's offering to replace the Air Force's UH-1N helicopters based on Leonardo Helicopter’s AW139. Artist conception: Boeing.

Competitors Will Not Protest Air Force Award for Huey Replacement Helicopter

Lockheed Martin’s [LMT] Sikorsky subsidiary and Sierra Nevada Corp. will not protest the Air Force’s recent contract award for the UH-1N “Huey” helicopter replacement, securing the lucrative contract for the winning team of Boeing [BA] and Italy-based Leonardo. “After a thorough review of the debriefing materials, Sikorsky has chosen not to protest the U.S. Air […]

An artist’s rendering of Lockheed Martin’s JASSM. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Lockheed Martin Awarded $390 Million for JASSM Lot 16 Production

The Air Force on Friday awarded Lockheed Martin [LMT] a $390 million contract to continue production of the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff missile (JASSM) currently in use on several of the service’s fighter and bomber fleets. The contract is for Lot 16 production and includes 360 JASSM-extended range (JASSM-ER) missiles, three foreign military sales (FMS) separation […]

The space-based infrared system GEO-5 satellite (Photo: Lockheed Martin)

Lockheed Martin Selects Potential Payload Providers for Next-Gen Missile Warning System

Lockheed Martin [LMT] has down-selected Raytheon [RTN] and a Northrop Grumman [NOC]-Ball Aerospace [BLL] team to compete to provide the mission payload for the Air Force’s next-generation missile warning satellite system, the company said Oct. 4. This competition will be part of the Phase 1 contract for the next-generation overhead persistent infrared (OPIR) Block O […]

U.S. Air Force Airmen from Team JSTARS install engine inlet covers after completing a preflight inspection on an E-8C Joint STARS during exercise Valiant Shield 18 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Sept. 16, 2018. Valiant Shield 18 is a biennial, U.S.-only, field training exercise with a focus on integration of joint training among U.S. forces in relation to current operational plans. This training enables real-world proficiency in sustaining joint forces through detecting, locating, tracking and engaging units at sea, in the air, on land, and in cyberspace in response to a range of mission areas. Team JSTARS, consisting of the Georgia Air National Guard’s 116th ACW, active duty personnel assigned to the 461st ACW and Army JSTARS, provides a unique, manned, joint airborne command control, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capability to combatant commanders worldwide. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Roger Parsons)

Northrop Grumman Receives Contract to Upgrade JSTARS Computers

Northrop Grumman [NOC] continues to supply upgrades to the Air Force’s E-8C joint surveillance target attack radar system (JSTARS) aircraft as the service hones its plan for a follow-on network of systems. The company was awarded a $17.5 million contract for a fifth-generation upgrade to the aircraft’s central computers on Sept. 27. The upgrade, which […]

Hill Air Force Base F-35As fly in formation over the Utah Test and Training Range, March 30, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/R. Nial Bradshaw)

F-35 PEO: Unit Cost Could Drop Below $80 Million by 2020

Lockheed Martin [LMT] and the F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) remain on track to reach a unit price of $80 million — or less — by lot 14, the program executive officer said Oct. 1. Coming on the heels of an announcement that the Joint Strike Fighter’s manufacturer and the Pentagon had reached a contract […]