Archive: Air Force

Randy Walden, head of the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, speaks at the Air Force Association. (Photo by Marc Selinger/Defense Daily)

Air Force’s B-21 Bomber Nears Key Design Review

The U.S. Air Force, which has been developing the B-21 Raider for almost three years, is on track to conduct a critical design review (CDR) by year’s end, a service official said June 25. “We are on our way to critical design review,” said Randy Walden, director of the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, which oversees the […]

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

A-29 Light-Attack Plane Crashes During Air Force Experiment

An A-29 Super Tucano crashed June 22 during a training flight for the Air Force’s light-attack aircraft experiment, killing one of its aircrew members. Navy Lt. Christopher Carey Short of Canandaigua, N.Y., died when the A-29 he was piloting crashed at 11:30 a.m. Mountain time over the Red Rio Bombing Range, which is part of […]

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.). (Photo courtesy of congressman's office)

Space Force Could Be Authorized In FY 2020 Defense Bill, Lawmaker Says

Legislation to implement President Donald Trump’s proposed Space Force will likely be considered as part of the fiscal year 2020 defense authorization bill that Congress will take up next year, a key House member said June 21. Two congressionally mandated reports that the Department of Defense owes Congress later this year will guide lawmakers as […]

A U.S. Air Force F-16. Photo: Air Force.

Air Force Replacing Defective Fan Blades In Fighter Engines

The U.S. Air Force discovered a fan blade defect in Pratt & Whitney’s F100-PW-229 fighter-jet engine while investigating a mishap, according to service officials. “Once they tore into the root cause [of the mishap], they noticed that there was a defect with the actual blades in the engine,” said Maj. Gen. John Rauch, commander of […]

Modified 767 jetliners are turned into tankers at a Boeing plant in Everett, Wash. (Photo by Marc Selinger/Defense Daily)

Air Force Says It Expects To Receive First Boeing KC-46A Tanker In October

The U.S. Air Force announced June 20 that it has reached an agreement with Boeing [BA] on a revised delivery schedule that calls for the service to start receiving its first 18 KC-46A Pegasus tankers this fall. Under the agreement, which was months in the making, Boeing will hand over the first refueling jet in October and the remaining […]

A B-1 releasing a JASSM. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Air Force To Resume Flying B-1 Bombers

The U.S. Air Force’s B-1B Lancers, which have been grounded since June 7, will return to flight this week, the service announced June 19. Air Force Global Strike Command said the “safety stand-down” gave it time to evaluate an undisclosed “issue” with ejection-seat components on the supersonic bomber.  “We have high confidence that the fleet’s […]

President Donald Trump.  (White House photo)

Trump Tells DoD To Form Space Force, But Senator Says He Can’t Do That

President Trump announced June 18 that he has told the Department of Defense to start forming a space force to ensure U.S. space dominance, but a key lawmaker insisted that DoD cannot proceed without congressional approval. “Very importantly, I’m hereby directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish […]

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)

Raytheon Nabs Next-Gen F-35 DAS Sensor

Lockheed Marin [LMT] chose Raytheon [RTN] to develop and deliver the next generation Distributed Aperture System (DAS) for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, replacing the sensor’s incumbent Northrop Grumman [NOC]. Lockheed Martin highlighted this change in provider will reduce cost while adding capabilities. “The supply chain competition for the next generation F-35 Distributed Aperture System […]

Draken International is adding Mirage fighter jets to its adversary air fleet. (Draken photo)

Draken Wins Competition To Provide Adversary Air At Nellis Air Force Base

Draken International has edged out Textron’s [TXT] Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC) for a $280 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to supply and fly adversary fighters for training missions at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. Draken expects to provide more than 5,600 flight hours a year through 2023 under the Nellis Adversary […]

Lt. Gen. John Thompson, commander of Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (Air Force photo)

Air Force Center Sees New Teams As Key To Faster Space Acquisition

The U.S. Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) is forming several teams to increase communication and coordination across the 6,300-person organization and ultimately reduce the time it takes to acquire satellites and other equipment. SMC, which is headquartered at Los Angeles Air Force Base in California, is currently “stove-piped by mission area,” meaning […]