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)

Lockheed Resumes F-35 Deliveries After One-Month Suspension

Lockheed Martin [LMT] has resumed delivering F-35 Lightning IIs to its U.S. and foreign customers after a production quality problem halted those transfers for a month. The problem surfaced when a small amount of corrosion was found under a fuselage panel of an F-35A, the fighter jet’s conventional-takeoff-and-landing variant, during routine maintenance at Hill Air […]

Maintenance staff inspect one of the 10 Luke AFB F-35s sent to Nellis AFB for a training deployment, April 15, 2015. Photo: U.S. Air Force.

F-35 Sustainment Woes Hurting Readiness, GAO Says

The U.S. Department of Defense’s new fleet of F-35 Lightning IIs is experiencing spare parts shortages and other sustainment problems that are hurting the readiness of the fighter jets, according to a report released Oct. 26 by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). “Squadron officials at multiple F-35 locations that we visited expressed enthusiasm for the unique […]

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

U.S. Buys Six More A-29 Light-Attack Planes For Afghanistan

The Afghan Air Force, which has 20 A-29 Super Tucano light-attack planes, will receive six more through a recently announced U.S. Air Force purchase. “The order of these six A-29s is part of the Afghan Air Force modernization plan that is a [U.S. secretary of defense]-approved initiative to grow the Afghan Air Force into a […]

Vice President Mike Pence (Photo courtesy of White House)

Pence To Visit Air Force Nuclear Base

Vice President Mike Pence plans to visit Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota Oct. 27 to review the base’s two nuclear missions, Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) announced Oct. 25. Pence will meet with the base leadership and address the airmen, Hoeven said. “It’s important for the administration to be familiar with the good work […]

Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Reps. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) and Adam Smith (D-Wash.) hold a press conference on the fiscal year 2018 defense authorization bill. (Photo by Marc Selinger/Defense Daily)

Congress Might Finish Defense Authorization Bill In Days

Leaders of a House-Senate conference committee expressed hope Oct. 25 that they will quickly wrap up negotiations on a final version of the fiscal year 2018 defense authorization bill. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), said that he is confident lawmakers can finish the compromise bill “within the next […]

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U.S. Africa Command Building Drone Site In Central Niger

U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) says it is building an “operating location” for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in central Niger to enhance its collection of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) information on the continent. At Nigerien Air Base 201 in Agadez, U.S. military engineering squadrons and contractors are improving the runway and basic life-support facilities, AFRICOM […]

An Apache helicopter is armed with Hellfire missiles. (Army photo)

Army Might Boost Hellfire Production By Thousands Of Missiles

To meet warfighters’ growing demand for the AGM-114 Hellfire missile, the U.S. Army says it might increase production of the air-to-ground weapon by several thousand missiles a year. The Army asked prime contractor Lockheed Martin [LMT] “earlier this year” to submit a proposal to boost production to up to 11,000 missiles a year starting in […]

Jim Keffer, Director of Cyber at Lockheed Martin Government Affairs, introduces the  General Officers Panel at Defense Daily's 2017 Open Architecture Summit at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Told To Speed Acquisition, Military Officials Increasingly Turn To Open Architecture Systems

Senior military officials and lawmakers are sending a clear two-word message to the Defense Department acquisition community: Go faster. Increasingly the military services are interpreting that order, along with legislation loosening procurement restrictions, to mean adoption of a modular open systems approach to acquisition. “There’s not a day that goes by when our commandant doesn’t […]

A U.S. Air Force T-38 training jet. (Air Force photo)

Air Force Contract Award For T-X Trainer May Slip To Spring

The U.S. Air Force, which has been aiming to pick a prime contractor for its new T-X training jet by year’s end, may delay a decision until the spring to ensure it finishes a thorough review of industry proposals, according to a service official. The review is “event driven,” not schedule driven, because the Air […]