Archive: Air Force

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

GAO Rejects Sikorsky’s Protest Of Air Force Huey Replacement Program

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has rebuffed a pre-contract-award protest that Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin [LMT] company, had filed over the Air Force’s UH-1N Huey helicopter replacement program. The “GAO concluded that the protest grounds were either without merit, untimely, or in some cases, premature,” GAO attorney Kenneth Patton said in a statement late May 22.  […]

The twin GRACE-FO satellites will follow each other in orbit around Earth, separated by about 137 miles.
Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA Set To Launch Water-Watching Satellites

NASA and the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) say they are on track to launch a pair of Earth-observing satellites May 22 aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Built by Airbus Defence and Space in Germany, the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) satellites are set […]

Jim Dunn of the Air Force's Air Combat Command.

Air Force Resisting ‘Requirements Creep’ As It Assesses Light-Attack Planes

The Air Force, which is evaluating potential candidates for a fleet of light-attack aircraft, is trying to avoid adding unnecessary requirements that could hamper its work, a service official said May 18. The Air Force is assessing existing, “off-the-shelf” planes that require “only minor modifications” at most, said James Dunn, deputy director for plans, programs and requirements […]

The Air Force test launches a Minuteman III ICBM in September 2010. Photo: Air Force.

Air Force May Seek Funding Shift For New ICBM

The U.S. Air Force may ask Congress to move around previously approved funds for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) because the program is running ahead of schedule, according to service officials. GBSD “is on schedule. In fact, it’s actually a little ahead of schedule and we may be coming to you with a reprogramming […]

Orbital's Minotaur IV launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Aug. 26, 2017, carrying the ORS-5 space-tracing satellite. Photo: Orbital ATK.

Air Force Pursuing Makeover For Operationally Responsive Space Office

The U.S. Air Force is beefing up the Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) office to help the 11-year-old organization improve its ability to quickly develop urgently needed space capabilities, service Secretary Heather Wilson said May 17. The Air Force is adding about 50 people to the office, which is based at Kirtland Air Force Base in New […]

Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, head of Air Force Materiel Command (Air Force photo)

Air Force Poring Over Maintenance Data To Help Prevent Plane Mishaps

Spurred by a recent rash of fatal military aviation mishaps, the U.S. Air Force has ordered a review of its maintenance efforts to ensure it is not missing any harbingers of future accidents. In a May 9 memorandum, Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, the head of Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in […]

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Air Force Might Seek Bids For Light-Attack Aircraft In Fall

A U.S. Air Force competition to buy light-attack aircraft might formally begin in as few as five months, according to an industry source. The service has told aircraft manufacturers that it expects to issue a request for proposals as early as October, the source said May 14. A contract award for up to several hundred […]

Federal Aviation Administration National Capital Region No Drone Zone signage. Graphic: Federal Aviation Administration.

Mattis To Congress, FAA: Military Needs More Authority To Shoot Down Drones Over Bases

Privately owned drones routinely violate restricted airspace over military bases, ships and airfields and the Pentagon wants more authority to shoot them down, Defense Secretary James Mattis on May 9 told lawmakers. The military can disrupt or destroy small unmanned aerial systems (UAS) over certain secure facilities with restricted airspace but has limited authority to […]

The Air Force's F-35A conventional variant. Photo: Air Force.

DoD, Lockheed Martin Agree To Resume F-35 Deliveries

Lockheed Martin [LMT] has resumed delivering F-35 Lightning IIs to the U.S. Department Defense after a corrosion problem halted those shipments for over a month. The “acceptance hold,” which was put in place March 29, was lifted May 1, DoD’s F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) said May 8. The JPO and Lockheed Martin both indicated […]