USAF Looking At Possible E-7 Buy

By Brian Everstine Sep 20, 2021
The Air Force is relying on the aging 707-based E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System, but the fleet's age is making it harder to keep flying. 
AFA Air Space and Cyber Conference

Kendall: Political Loyalty To Old Aircraft Hurts Security

By Brian Everstine Sep 20, 2021
U.S. Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall says he has a lot of convincing to do on Capitol Hill to garner support for the service's fiscal 2023 budget proposal.
AFA Air Space and Cyber Conference

USAF Discloses Five B-21s In Assembly For Test Fleet

By Steve Trimble Sep 20, 2021
Northrop Grumman now has five B-21 Raider test aircraft in final assembly, U.S. Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall said on Sept. 20
AFA Air Space and Cyber Conference

USAF Acknowledges Dissimilar Air Combat Training Mission For F-117s

By Tony Osborne Sep 17, 2021
U.S. Air Force acknowledged dissimilar air combat training role for retired F-117s, with two deployed to California Air National Guard.
AFA Air Space and Cyber Conference

U.S. Air Force To Demonstrate Amphibious MC-130s In 17 Months

By Brian Everstine Sep 15, 2021
Air Force expects to demonstrate amphibious takeoff-and-landing capability for MC-130J Commando II in less than 1.5 years.
Aircraft & Propulsion

U.S. Activates 18 Aircraft From CRAF For Afghan Evacuation

By Steve Trimble Aug 22, 2021
The third CRAF call-up in 41 years will include three aircraft each from American Airlines, Atlas Air, Delta Air Lines and Omni Air; two from Hawaiian Airlines and four from United Airlines. 
Budget, Policy & Operations

Defense Spending Bill Chides Space Force For Acquisition Plans

By Jen DiMascio Jul 14, 2021
The newly formed U.S. Space Force has not done enough to realize the space force vision, which was founded in large part to fix lasting issues with acquisition, according to draft legislation passed by the House Appropriations Committee.

U.S. Air Force Approves Kitty Hawk’s Heaviside eVTOL

By Graham Warwick Jul 09, 2021
Heaviside becomes the fourth electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (evTOL) aircraft to receive military flight release from the U.S. Air Force under its Agility Prime program. 
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

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.