Archive: Air Force

Airmen load a 2,000 pound GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munition onto a B-1B Lancer aircraft.

Air Force To Boost Production Of Heavily Used Munitions

The U.S. Air Force plans to increase production of four precision-guided munitions to meet high demand from warfighters across the globe, a service official said Oct. 17. “Weapons are a big focus area right now across the Department of Defense, particularly those that are precision-type that we are utilizing so much of in the fight […]

An F-35A lands at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska for cold-weather testing. (Air Force photo)

F-35A Heads To Alaska For Cold-Weather Tests

A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II arrived at Eielson Air Force Base near Fairbanks, Alaska, last week to demonstrate two key cold-weather capabilities over the next few months. The conventional-takeoff-and-landing (CTOL) fighter jet, which is already certified to land on wet runways, will be tested in October and November to help ensure it can land […]

An EC-130H Compass Call flies a training mission over Lake Mead, Ariz. (U.S. Air Force Photo)

Air Force’s Compass Call Replacement Clears Preliminary Design Review

The EC-X, the planned replacement for the U.S. Air Force’s aging EC-130H Compass Call electronic-attack aircraft, underwent a preliminary design review in late September, according to L3 Technologies [LLL], the program’s system integrator. L3 also said in a brief statement Oct. 12 that it has begun “working” on the first General Dynamics [GD] Gulfstream G550 […]

Capitol under clouds

DoD, Congress In ‘Dialogue’ On Proposed Space Corps

Prompted by a controversial House-passed proposal to create a space corps in the Air Force Department, the Department of Defense has begun a “very good dialogue” with Congress on how military space activities should be organized, according to Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord. “I think what we’re doing right now is having a very healthy […]

A KC-46A tanker. (Boeing photo)

Air Force KC-46A Tanker Refuels Another KC-46A For First Time

The U.S. Air Force’s new KC-46A Pegasus tanker has refueled another KC-46A in flight for the first time, prime contractor Boeing [BA] announced Oct. 11. During the recent four-hour flight, which began and ended at Boeing Field near downtown Seattle, test aircraft refueled each other and achieved the refueling boom’s maximum transfer rate of 1,200 […]

Artist's rendering of a GPS III satellite. Image: Lockheed Martin.

Air Force Accepts First GPS III Satellite From Lockheed Martin

The U.S. Air Force has formally accepted the first Global Positioning System (GPS) III satellite from prime contractor Lockheed Martin [LMT], the company announced Oct. 10. The “available for launch” milestone clears the way for the spacecraft, which is in storage, to lift off in 2018, Lockheed Martin said. Lockheed Martin is building a total […]

A launch of an Atlas V rocket. Photo: United Launch Alliance

Air Force Seeks Bids For New Launch Vehicles

The U.S. Air Force released a solicitation late Oct. 5 that envisions developing new, domestically produced space launch vehicles to end the service’s reliance on Russian-made RD-180 engines. According to the request for proposals, issued by the Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center, the Air Force plans to award launch service agreements (LSAs) to fund […]

Pratt & Whitney Gets $2.7B Contract For C-17 Engine Work

Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp. [UTX], has received a five-year, $2.7 billion contract to repair and overhaul F-117 engines it built for American and foreign C-17 transport aircraft, the U.S. Air Force announced late Oct. 4. Under the contract, which was not competed, the work will be done at United Airlines […]

The Air Force test launches a Minuteman III ICBM in September 2010. Photo: Air Force.

Air Force Taps Lockheed, Rockwell To Design ICBM Control System

The U.S. Air Force has picked Lockheed Martin [LMT] and Rockwell Collins [COL] to begin designing a replacement for the aging Airborne Launch Control System (ALCS), which allows command-and-control aircraft to launch land-based, nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). Lockheed Martin Space Systems and Rockwell Collins have been awarded three-year contracts valued at $80.8 million and $76.3 […]

The Air Force test launches a Minuteman III ICBM. Photo: Air Force.

Air Force To Hold First GBSD Review Since Contract Awards

The U.S. Air Force, which awarded two contracts last month to mature designs for the Ground-based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD), plans to hold the program’s first major review next month, a program official said Sept. 28. The system requirements review will ensure the prime contractors, Boeing [BA] and Northrop Grumman [NOC], fully understand the system’s requirements, […]