Archive: Air Force

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Photo by Lockheed Martin.

F-35 Program Office: No Change Anticipated for Deliveries to Turkey

The Department of Defense (DoD) continues to move forward with plans to deliver F-35 Joint Strike Fighters to Turkey on schedule, even as it makes progress on a congressionally mandated report on the U.S.-Turkey relationship, the F-35 program director said Oct. 1. “I don’t see any indication at this time of any change to the […]

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 Program Office Aiming to Keep Deliveries on Track with New Performance Incentives

The F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) is looking to target late delivery timelines and quality inefficiencies with its next production lot by instating new production efficiency initiatives, the program executive officer said Oct. 1 The lot 11 production award for the Joint Strike Fighter, announced Sept. 28, includes provisions that are meant to incentivize the […]

A Boeing-Saab T-X trainer. The aircraft will replace the Air Force's aging T-38 trainer fleet. (Photo: Boeing)

With T-X Win, Boeing Takes Trifecta of DoD Aircraft Awards

The contract award for the Air Force’s next-generation advanced pilot trainer is expected to be a boon for winners Boeing [BA] and its partner Saab, analysts said. The service announced Sept. 27 that the Boeing-Saab team had secured a contract worth up to $9.2 billion for 351 T-X aircraft and 46 simulators to replace the […]

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)

Lockheed Martin Lowers F-35A Price Tag Below $90 Million

Lockheed Martin [LMT] and the Defense Department have agreed on a new $11.5 billion contract that drops the price of an F-35A below $90 million for the first time. The new contract, which covers 141 F-35s and will go into effect in 2019 with low-rate initial production (LRIP) Lot 11, represents an average price reduction of 9.2 percent across the joint […]

BF-17, Major Richard "BC" Rusnok & BF-18, LtCol Jon "Miles" Ohma

Harris Will Supply F-35’s New Core Processor

The Lockheed Martin [LMT] F-35 will run on a Harris [HRS]-built integrated core processor (ICP) beginning in 2023, the two companies said on Thursday. The new ICP serves as the “brains” of the advanced fighter and promises 25 times the processing power at one-fourth the cost, according to Harris. Built with an open-systems architecture, the […]

Boeing-Saab Team Lands Air Force T-X Contract

Boeing [BA] and Saab have won the Air Force’s T-X next-generation trainer competition over two competing teams, and will build over 350 new aircraft for the service to train pilots flying fourth- and fifth-generation jet aircraft, the service said on Thursday. The Air Force plans to purchase 351 aircraft, 46 simulators and associated ground equipment […]

RQ-4 Global Hawk
Photo: Northrop Grumman

Report: Faulty Navigational Data Caused 2017 Global Hawk Crash

A 2017 accident involving an RQ-4B Global Hawk that crashed in California was caused by issues with one of its navigational data devices or navigators, according to an Air Force report released Wednesday. The Air Combat Command Accident Investigation Board report states that the unmanned aerial vehicle, part of the 12th Reconnaissance Squadron from the […]

Boeing will provide its MH-139 helicopter and related support to the U.S. Air Force to replace the fleet of UH-1N “Huey” helicopters used to protect America’s intercontinental ballistic missile bases. (Photo: Fred Troilo, Boeing)

Price, Niche Mission Keys to Boeing-Leonardo Win For UH-1N Replacement

At last week’s U.S. Air Force Association conference at National Harbor, Maryland, the eyes of Boeing [BA] officials had a knowing glint when they discussed the Boeing-Leonardo bid of the MH-139 to replace the Air Force’s aging fleet of Bell UH-1N Hueys. Industry observers had predicted that a variant of the UH-60 Black Hawk would […]

Boeing will provide its MH-139 helicopter and related support to the U.S. Air Force to replace the fleet of UH-1N “Huey” helicopters used to protect America’s intercontinental ballistic missile bases. (Photo: Fred Troilo, Boeing)

Boeing-Leonardo Team Takes $2.4 Billion Contract To Replace Air Force Huey Fleet

A team of Boeing [BA] and Leonardo helicopters were chosen by the Air Force to replace the Air Force’s UH-1N Huey fleet with 84 helicopters under a $2.38 billion contract. The $375 million contract announced Sept. 24 is for the first four MH-139 helicopters and includes integration of non-developmental items, according to the Air Force. […]