U.S. Air Force (USAF)

By Brian Everstine
Public spotlight again focuses on the Ospreys as tiltrotors will not return to full operations for a year.
Aircraft & Propulsion

By Brian Everstine
The U.S. Air Force is close to an agreement with Boeing on the E-7A Wedgetail program, after cost disagreements derailed the program for months.
Sensors & Electronic Warfare

By Matthew Fulco
Bombardier has its mojo back. The company is consistently profitable, with strong demand for its business jets.
Aircraft & Propulsion

By Steve Trimble
Lockheed Martin F-35s will become more expensive over the next four years, with flyaway prices rising 16-18% depending on the variant.
Budget, Policy & Operations

By Brian Everstine
U.S. Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall says the budget plan for maintaining its fleet is “not executable” and needs to be fixed now.
Budget, Policy & Operations

By Vivienne Machi
Senators want a U.S. Space Force program executive office to manage the acquisition of satellites that can track both air and ground moving targets from orbit.
Space

By Brian Everstine
Intensifying budget pressures are forcing USAF to “take another look” at spending plans for its prized Next Generation Air Dominance fighter, says Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall.
Budget, Policy & Operations

By Graham Warwick
Our roundup of the main aerospace and defense stories making the news this week.
Aircraft & Propulsion

By Graham Warwick
LeoLabs has won a contract from the Air Force Research Laboratory and AFWerx innovation unit to develop an S-band 2D direct radiating array ground-based radar.
Commercial Space

By Brian Everstine
Following multiple failed attempts, the agency says airborne laser technology has evolved enough to deserve another shot.
Missile Defense & Weapons

By Steve Trimble
EpiSci and PhysicsAI are the first contractors selected for a DARPA program to develop software to enable beyond-visual-range engagement with multiple aircraft.
Aircraft & Propulsion

By Brian Everstine
When a potential adversary’s radar picks up numerous cruise missiles, each target needs to be tracked and treated as a threat. The targets need “Respect.”
Missile Defense & Weapons

By Graham Warwick
Autonomous flight system startup Merlin Labs has won a contract potentially worth $105 million to demonstrate a reduced aircrew capability for SOCOM C-130Js.
Aircraft & Propulsion

By Brian Everstine
The Missile Defense Agency will soon deliver new radars to Guam ahead of planned large-scale tests of its new ballistic missile defense architecture.
Missile Defense & Weapons

By Brian Everstine
Boeing on June 6 delivered the first operational F-15EX Eagle II to the U.S. Air National Guard.
Aircraft & Propulsion

By Guy Norris
Scaled Composites, which has built and flown a new aircraft roughly every year since forming in 1982, is still expanding in its 17th year with Northrop Grumman.
Aircraft & Propulsion

By Brian Everstine
An Air Force F-15 pilot failed to engage the emergency braking/steering system during an emergency landing, causing the Eagle to crash into an irrigation canal.
Aircraft & Propulsion

By Vivienne Machi
The House Appropriations Committee plans to allocate billions of dollars to fund missile-warning-and-tracking initiatives in its fiscal 2025 bill.
Missile Defense & Weapons

By Brian Everstine
The U.S. Air Force conducted the first of two planned intercontinental ballistic missile tests this week—firing a Minuteman III with one reentry vehicle.
Missile Defense & Weapons

By Brian Everstine
House appropriators want to cut the administration’s planned military procurement and operations spending, to allow for more R&D and personnel spending.
Budget, Policy & Operations

By Graham Warwick
Joby Aviation has acquired the autonomy division of Xwing, a U.S. startup developing a modular autonomous flight system for aircraft.
Advanced Air Mobility

By Steve Trimble
With the Collaborative Combat Aircraft, the head of Lockheed Martin’s advanced development arm challenges U.S. Air Force planners and competitors.
Aircraft & Propulsion

By Vivienne Machi
DIU is interested in partnerships with companies building radiation-tolerant and radiation-hardened microelectronics.
Space

By Steve Trimble
The life expectancy of a future Collaborative Combat Aircraft is not a trivial question.
Aircraft & Propulsion

By Brian Everstine
DIU announced June 3 that it has awarded contracts to Anduril, Integrated Solutions for Systems Inc., Leidos Dynetics and Zone 5 Technologies.
Missile Defense & Weapons