USAF Measuring F-35 Affordability By Tails, Not Flying Hours 

By Lee Hudson Apr 22, 2021
There are mixed opinions among the services on how to make the fifth-generation fighter affordable. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

ICBM Replacement Completes Early Schedule, Cost Review

By Steve Trimble Apr 08, 2021
Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Air Force have checked a key box on the list of post-contract award activities for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) program, the company said on April 7. 
Missile Defense & Weapons

U.S. Air Force Taps Collins For B-52 Wheel, Brake Modernization

By Lee Hudson Apr 07, 2021
The U.S. Air Force has selected Collins Aerospace to design a new wheel and carbon brake system for the B-52 as part of the aircraft’s life extension program.
Aircraft & Propulsion

USAF IDs F-35 For Starlink Internet Experiment

By Steve Trimble Mar 30, 2021
Lockheed Martin received a $12.8 million contract award from the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) on March 25 for the Defense Experimentation Using Commercial Space Internet (DEUCSI) program.
Sensors & Electronic Warfare

SNC Flies Second U.S. A-29, Unveils Special Livery

By Steve Trimble Mar 29, 2021
The turboprop-powered light attack fighter and trainer arrived on Feb. 23 at SNC’s modification facilities in Centennial, Colorado, the company announced on March 29. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

MQ-Next Offers Path To Counter-Air Role For MQ-9 Replacement

By Steve Trimble Mar 08, 2021
Destroying enemy fighters has emerged as the initial focus of the U.S. Air Force's nearly year-old MQ-Next program, which seeks to field a replacement for the MQ-9 by the end of the decade.
Sensors & Electronic Warfare

USAF Sets First ARRW Flight Test For Week Of March 1

By Steve Trimble Feb 26, 2021
The Booster Test Flight at the Point Mugu Sea Range off California will mark the first of several flight test missile releases to support the Lockheed Martin AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW). 
Missile Defense & Weapons

PACAF Chief Calls For Fast Acquisition Of E-7s

By Steve Trimble Feb 25, 2021
PACAF operates four of the 27 E-3As in the overall fleet at Kadena and Elmendorf air bases in Japan and Alaska. 
Sensors & Electronic Warfare

California F-117A Sighting Confirms Expanding Role

By Guy Norris Feb 24, 2021
The pair of F-117As seen over Southern California are believed to be two of the cadre of four stealth aircraft resurrected from a small number that have been retained in flyable storage.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Hypersonic ARRW Closes In On Powered Test

By Guy Norris Dec 20, 2020
The missile forms a critical element of the Pentagon’s fast-track plan to develop a range of high-speed stand-off strike and cruise weapons to counter new Chinese and Russian hypersonic capabilities. 
Missile Defense & Weapons

Skunk Works Reveals Details Of Mid-November U-2S Demo

By Steve Trimble Dec 15, 2020
As the U.S. Air Force prepares for a mysterious and “historic” demonstration on Dec. 15 involving the Lockheed Martin U-2S, the company’s Skunk Works division has revealed details of a “complementary” technology experiment held in secret a month ago with the same aircraft. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

U.S. Lawmakers Question Air Force, Navy Plans For Next-Gen Fighters

By Steve Trimble Dec 04, 2020
A conference agreement by the House and Senate calls for a Pentagon-level review of the U.S. Air Force's strategy for the Next Generation Air Dominance program and criticizes the Navy's plans as "significantly immature."
Budget, Policy & Operations

The Weekly Debrief: Red Pills, Spoons And The USAF's Next Fighters

By Steve Trimble Sep 28, 2020
A Matrix-inspired description of the U.S. Air Force's next fighter acquisition suggests substantial cost savings are possible, but not everyone agrees.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Space, Strike, ISR, Base Defense Roles Raised In Turf Debate

By Steve Trimble Sep 16, 2020
U.S. Space Force and Air Force leaders are seeking to define roles and missions between all of the armed services for a broad range of capabilities.
Budget, Policy & Operations

USAF, Space Force Have Not Sent Budget Anomaly Wish List To Congress

By Lee Hudson Sep 15, 2020
With 15 days left in the fiscal year, the U.S. Air Force and Space Force have not sent Congress a wish list of waivers to make living without a new appropriations bill easier.
Budget, Policy & Operations

USAF Flies Full-Scale Flight Demo For Next-Gen Fighter

By Steve Trimble Sep 15, 2020
A full-scale flight demonstrator for the U.S. Air Force’s Next Generation Air Dominance program has already flown in secret and “broken records” in the process, a senior official said on Sept. 15. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

USAF Launches Independent Space Sensor Demo Called SIREN

By Steve Trimble Sep 10, 2020
SIREN appears to share similar objectives with the National Security Space Architecture launched by the Space Development Agency (SDA), except the AFRL initiative is limited to potential demonstrations and experiments. 
Space

Northrop Wins $13.3 Billion GBSD Contract

By Lee Hudson Sep 09, 2020
The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman a $13.3 billion contract to replace the nation’s aging intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM)…
Missile Defense & Weapons

SpaceX Still Pursuing Lawsuit Against U.S. Air Force

By Jen DiMascio Aug 20, 2020
SpaceX is sticking by its lawsuit against the U.S. military for its decision not to award it one of three design and development contracts awarded two years ago, saying the decision has inflicted “substantial harm” on the company.
Space

USAF Errantly Reveals Research On ICBM-Range Hypersonic Glide Vehicle

By Steve Trimble Aug 18, 2020
The U.S. Air Force’s nuclear weapons managers have started researching a key technology for an intercontinental range hypersonic glider.
Missile Defense & Weapons

USAF Taps Oregon Air National Guard Unit As First F-15EX Home

By Lee Hudson Aug 18, 2020
U.S. Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett notified the Oregon Air National Guard Aug. 14 that its Portland base will be the first to replace its aging F-15C/D Eagles with the updated F-15EXs.
Budget, Policy & Operations

U.S. Air Force Finalizes NGAD Acquisition Strategy

By Lee Hudson Aug 07, 2020
The service wrapped up its business case analysis and is pushing for Next Generation Air Dominance to become a program of record.
Aircraft & Propulsion

USAF Studies Hermeus Hypersonic ‘Air Force One’ Option

By Guy Norris Aug 06, 2020
Hypersonic aircraft developer Hermeus is working with the U.S. Air Force to evaluate how the company’s Mach 5 concept could be modified into a high-speed executive vehicle, including potentially a presidential transport.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Brown Sworn In As U.S. Air Force Chief

By Lee Hudson Aug 04, 2020
Gen. Charles Brown will be the 22nd Air Force chief of staff and the first African-American to hold the post.
Budget, Policy & Operations

AFRL Selects Four Companies For Skyborg UAS Contracts 

By Steve Trimble Jul 24, 2020
Four companies have been selected to build prototypes for the Skyborg family of autonomous and attritable unmanned aircraft systems, the Air Force Research Laboratory announced on July 23.
Aircraft & Propulsion