Archive: Air Force

An F-16V. (Lockheed Martin photo)

BAE Looking To Offer MEAS Software For Air Force’s Legacy Aircraft Autonomy Efforts

BAE Systems is looking to offer its Mission Effectiveness Augmentation System (MEAS) autonomy software tools as a component to address pilot trust issues associated with the Air Force’s anticipated move towards more manned-unmanned teaming operations, a company official told Defense Daily. Skip Stolz, BAE System’s director of strategic development for the autonomy, control, and estimation […]

Bell UH-1Y Huey. Photo: Bell

Marine Chief Combat Developer: Aviation An ‘Inherently Dangerous Business’

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. —  During a nearly 40-year career in the Marine Corps, much of it spent flying fighter jets, Lt. Gen. Robert Walsh has seen a lot of aircraft crash, sufficient experience for him to be skeptical that military aviation is in a crisis. Currently the deputy commandant for combat development and […]

A T-45C Goshawk training jet approaches an aircraft carrier. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy)

Defense Authorization Bill Settles On PE Policy Changes

The final draft of the FY 2019 defense authorization bill, which the House passed on Thursday, makes several policy changes to help the Navy and Air Force continue to root out the problem of physiological episodes (PE) in aircraft. An uptick in physiological episodes has recently bedeviled military pilots, particularly those flying Navy and Air […]

Lt. Gen. VeraLinn “Dash” Jamieson is the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Headquarters U.S. Air Force

Air Force Readying New ISR ‘Flight Plan’ Next Month Driven By Global AI Arms Race

The Air Force is readying a new Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance ‘flight plan’ aimed at posturing the service to take better advantage of artificial intelligence capabilities to meet growing peer competition from China and Russia, a top service intelligence official said Thursday. Lt. Gen. VeraLinn “Dash” Jamieson, deputy chief of staff for ISR, told attendees […]

The Bell-Boeing MV-22. (Photo: Bell)

With Billions in Contracts, Boeing Builds $100 Million V-22 Osprey Factory

RIDLEY PARK, Pa. — Flush with a $4 billion multiyear deal for at least 58 V-22 Ospreys, Boeing [BA] is investing $100 million in a brand-new production line to crank out the tiltrotor fuselages beginning next year. Boeing and its 50/50 partner on the V-22 Bell [TXT], on June 29 took home a $4.2 billion […]

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson (Air Force photo)

Air Force Creating New Rapid Sustainment Office

The Air Force is readying an announcement in the next week of a new Rapid Sustainment Office focused on taking advantage of 3-D printing and advanced manufacturing capabilities to reduce the cost of replacing parts for its aircraft. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson told attendees at a Wednesday Washington Post event that 70 percent of […]

Unified NDAA Calls On Pentagon to Accelerate LRSO and GBSD

The 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, which the House could vote on Thursday, calls on the Pentagon to speed up modernization of the nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic-missile fleet and air-launched cruise missiles. The unified National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) picked up House language requiring the Pentagon to find some way of speeding up the programs. The […]

An E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) aircraft. Photo: Air Force.

House, Senate Negotiated FY ’19 NDAA Cuts JSTARS Replacement Program

House and Senate lawmakers in the negotiated version of their respective fiscal 2019 defense policy bills have agreed to prohibit the Air Force from retiring its current fleet of ground-surveillance planes until 2028 while authorizing funding to advance the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) update program, according to Rep. Austin Scott (R-Ga.) Scott, a member […]

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

Sierra Nevada Submits Final Huey Replacement Bid With Upgraded UH-60s

Sierra Nevada Corp. submitted its final bid and proposal to replace the Air Force’s aging UH-1N Hueys with its upgraded UH-60 Sierra Force helicopters, the company said Monday. Other bidders include Boeing [BA], which is offering the MH139, based on the Leonardo Helicopters AW139, and Sikorsky, which is bidding the HH-60U, a variant of the […]

Boeing MH-47G. (Boeing Photo)

Boeing Doing Brisk Business With Half-Billion Dollars In Chinook Contracts

With an Army contract for 150 CH-47 helicopters July 19, Boeing [BA] in one week has sold more than half a billion dollars worth of Chinooks and support services for the heavylift helicopters.  On the heels of a $140 million contract to build four MH-47G Block II aircraft, Boeing [BA] has sealed a quarter-billion-dollar deal […]