Archive: Air Force

An artist's rendering of a fighter jet armed with a laser weapon. (Credit: Air Force Research Lab)

Air Force Awards Contract for New Tech to Combat Laser Attacks

The Air Force last Friday awarded UES Inc., a Dayton, Ohio-based science-and-technology firm, a $49.1 million contract to develop new technologies to help counter laser attacks against its aircraft. The indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for research and development is associated with the service’s flash and laser airborne protection system (FLAPS) program. The contract, managed by the Air […]

Boeing to Study Risk Reduction for Radios, Other Systems on KC-46 Tanker

Boeing [BA] has been awarded a contract modification worth about $10 million for a Block 1 risk-reduction study for the KC-46A Pegasus tanker. The award, released Aug. 7, “allows for a study of risk reductions activities with regard to the development and integration of new capabilities on the initial KC-46 aircraft, referred to as Block […]

A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter of the California Army National Guard hovers above Lake Pardee in Ione, California, collecting water in a bucket, April 14, 2018, during wildland firefighting training, a cooperative mission between Cal Guard and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE). (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Eddie Siguenza)

Guard Troops, Dozens Of Aircraft Deployed To Fight West Coast Wildfires

At least 1,500 National Guard troops with more than two-dozen aircraft have deployed to fight the wildfires raging through Northern California and the Pacific Northwest. The largest of several wildfire burning in California, the Mendocino Complex fire, has charred more than 300,000 acres, or 469 square miles, an area similar in size the Los Angeles, […]

U.K. Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson speaks with fmr. U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James at the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C. Photo: Atlantic Council

UK Could Work with US Aerospace Firms on Tempest Fighter Jet

The United Kingdom is planning to work “quite closely” with U.S.-based aerospace industry partners as it develops its future next-generation fighter aircraft, the nation’s defense secretary said Aug. 7. The U.K. Ministry of Defence (MoD) revealed the design for the Tempest fighter jet – which would replace its fleet of Eurofighter Typhoons by the 2040s […]

Air Force Receives Latest Secure Communications Satellite

Lockheed Martin [LMT] has delivered the latest advanced extremely high frequency military communications satellite to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, the company said Aug. 6. The system is the fourth of six nuclear-hardened, jam-resistant protected communications satellites planned for the Air Force. It is scheduled to be launched into orbit this October aboard an […]

Air Force to Seek Limited Proposals for New Light Attack Aircraft

The Air Force is moving forward with plans to buy an off-the-shelf aircraft to perform close-air support and light attack missions at a low cost, and could potentially award a contract before fiscal year 2020. The service released Aug. 3 a notice stating the intent to solicit proposals for a commercially developed light attack aircraft […]

Air Force Needs ‘Disruptive’ AI, Data Processing Technologies To Drive New ISR Plan

The Air Force is looking to industry to deliver advanced machine learning capabilities for its new intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance plan, which focuses on growing its data collection efforts across drone sensors, an expanding fleet of satellites and publicly available information. Lt. Gen. VeraLinn “Dash” Jamieson, deputy chief of staff for ISR, said the new […]

Michael Griffin, undersecretary of defense for research and engineering (DoD photo)

Griffin: Meeting 2020’s Hypersonics Goals Will Ensure U.S. Retains Technological Edge

The Pentagon’s effort to build hypersonic weapons by the early 2020’s and ahead of near-peer competitors will require the services to be more direct with their industry partners to make improved use of developing technologies, a top DoD official said Wednesday. Michael Griffin, DoD’s under secretary of defense for research & engineering, told attendees at […]

Falcon Heavy lifts off from Florida during its first flight Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: SpaceX)

Air Force General Says Space Cargo Possible Within A Decade

The Air Force Air Mobility Command (AMC) has started looking at shipping and prepositioning cargo in space within 10 years, according to its commander.  Air Force Gen. Carlton Everhart II told reporters on Thursday at a Defense Writers Group event that he visited with SpaceX and Virgin Orbit last week and hopes to visit Blue […]

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

STRATCOM Chief: Air Force Will Replace Huey ‘If I Have To Die Trying’

OMAHA, Neb.–The Air Force will buy a new helicopter to protect its nuclear missile fields even if it kills Air Force Gen. John Hyten or he is forced to murder someone, the Strategic Command chief half-joked Aug 1. “We’re going to get a new helicopter if have to die trying, or kill somebody to do […]