Archive: Air Force

C-130. Photo: Air Force.

Air Force Orders Review Of Aviation Safety

The U.S. Air Force plans to conduct a “safety review” of its aviation operations later this month to address a recent series of mishaps, including a WC-130H Hercules crash last week that killed nine airmen. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein told all Air Force wings with flying and maintenance functions to finish […]

Lt. Gen. Jerry Harris Jr., Air Force deputy chief of staff for strategic plans and requirements, speaks at the Air Force Association in Arlington, Va., on May 7, 2018. (Photo by Marc Selinger/Defense Daily)

Air Force Starting Second Phase Of Light-Attack Aircraft Experiment

The second phase of the U.S. Air Force’s light-attack aircraft experiment was set to begin May 7 at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, according to service officials. The second phase “is starting today out in the desert,” said Lt. Gen. Jerry Harris Jr., Air Force deputy chief of staff for strategic plans and […]

Boeing's KC-46 tanker modification center in Everett, Wash. (Photo by Marc Selinger/Defense Daily)

Air Force To Award KC-46A Tanker Upgrades Contract To Boeing

EVERETT, Wash. – Boeing [BA] expects to receive a U.S. Air Force contract later this year to begin developing future upgrades for the new KC-46A Pegasus tanker, according to a company program official. The contract will allow the program to do things that are not required under the existing tanker development contract that the Air […]

A KC-46A test plane at Boeing Field in Seattle. (Photo by Marc Selinger/Defense Daily)

Boeing KC-46A Tanker Nears Finish Line For Pre-Delivery Tests

SEATTLE – Boeing [BA] has finished 95 percent of the testing it must conduct with its new KC-46A Pegasus tanker before it can start delivering the refueling jet to the U.S. Air Force, according to company officials. In those tests, the program has amassed almost 3,000 flight hours, completed more than 1,600 contacts during refueling […]

Randall Walden, director of the Air Force's Rapid Capabilities Office, at Defense Daily's Modular Open Systems Summit. Photo: Matthew Beinart.

Air Force Looking To Open Architecture, Common Standards For Faster Capability Deployment

Open architecture is reducing the cost and time needed to develop and deploy critical Air Force capabilities, but officials want to see further agreement with industry on standards, according to a lead official for rapid capabilities. Randall Walden, director of the Air Force’s Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO), told attendees at a Tuesday industry event that […]

A Boeing KC-46A tanker refuels an F-16. (Photo courtesy of Boeing)

House Members Urge Defense Panels To Fund More Air Force KC-46A Tankers

Fifty House members have signed a letter urging defense panel leaders to fund the purchase of 18 Boeing [BA] KC-46A tankers in fiscal year 2019, three more than the Air Force requested, to speed up the replacement of old refuelers. “Our nation’s tanker fleet is the cornerstone of any operation that requires aerial assets,” the […]

Lt. Gen. Jack Weinstein, Air Force deputy chief of staff for strategic deterrence and nuclear integration (Air Force photo)

Air Force General Concerned About Possible Return Of Budget Caps In FY 2020

Recent increases in U.S. defense spending have bolstered the Air Force’s nuclear modernization efforts, but the possible return of across-the-board budget cuts in FY 2020 looms as a potential threat to those programs, a service official said May 1. The two-year budget agreement that President Trump signed into law in February provides $700 billion for defense […]

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 Martin Gets $1.4 Billion Contract To Sustain F-35

The U.S. Defense Department’s F-35 Lightning II program has awarded prime contractor Lockheed Martin [LMT] a $1.4 billion contract to sustain the stealthy fighter jet for another year, the Pentagon announced late April 30. The contract will provide maintenance and other support activities for aircraft delivered to the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy […]

Air Force acquisition chief William Roper (Photo courtesy of Air Force)

Air Force Event To Push For Faster Fielding Of Technology

The U.S. Air Force plans to hold a service-wide “acquisition day” in late May to review the status of its programs, including how they are doing on cost and what they can do to deploy new technology more quickly. Air Force acquisition chief William Roper said April 27 that he hopes one portion of the full-day […]

Air Force acquisition chief William Roper (Photo courtesy of Air Force)

Air Force To Unveil Hypersonics Acceleration Plan Soon

The U.S. Air Force is looking to speed up its hypersonics development work and expects to announce its specific intentions in “weeks,” a service official said April 27. An engineering team is putting the finishing touches on the acceleration plan, said Will Roper, the Air Force’s new assistant secretary for acquisition, technology and logistics.  “I’ll be ready […]