AI-Piloted Concepts Emerge As U.S. Air Force Ponders Options

By Steve Trimble Sep 23, 2022
U.S. defense industry embraces flexibility and diversity in aircraft design for a future fleet of proposed Collaborative Combat Aircraft.
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USAF Clears KC-46 To Deploy Long Before Official Operational Decision

By Brian Everstine Sep 23, 2022
Air Mobility Command decides it can longer wait and “play chicken” with Boeing.
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Why Space Force Wants Out Of GEO, Long Development Cycles

By Brian Everstine Sep 22, 2022
The U.S. Space Force will get out of putting large satellites in geosynchronous orbit following the launch of the Next Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared program.
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Air National Guard Raises Concerns About Reduced F-15EX Fleet

By Brian Everstine Sep 21, 2022
The proposal to truncate the U.S. Air Force’s buy of Boeing F-15EXs could mean the Air National Guard does not have enough new aircraft to replace its aging F-15C/Ds that need to be replaced.
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The Cutting-Edge Technologies That Are Redefining Air Dominance

Sponsored by Raytheon Intelligence & Space Sep 21, 2022
Aviation Week talks to Raytheon Intelligence & Space about its cutting-edge technologies in the business’s air dominance portfolio, and how these are addressing the complex challenges currently faced by warfighters.
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Exercise Pitch Black 2022: A Showcase For MRTT Tanking

By Chen Chuanren Sep 21, 2022
France, Germany and other nations used the Airbus A330 to demonstrate long-distance deployment in the Asia-Pacific region.
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Opinion: Why AETP Is The Best Solution For The F-35

Erin Conaton Sep 21, 2022
The Adaptive Engine Transition Program is a competitive way to make sure the F-35 remains a competitive aircraft.
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Opinion: Why The Pentagon Should Modernize The Existing F135 Engine

Rep. John B. Larson Sep 21, 2022
The Enhanced Engine Program upgrade for the F-35 would save billions of dollars.
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USAF Wants African Nations To Buy C-130s For Shared Relief Missions

By Brian Everstine Sep 20, 2022
The U.S. Air Force plans to call on a collection of African nations to pool funds to buy a small number of Lockheed Martin C-130s to comprise a new, shared fleet to help with humanitarian missions.
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B-21 Bomber Rollout Set For Early December

By Steve Trimble Sep 20, 2022
The U.S. Air Force will roll out the Northrop Grumman B-21 bomber in the first week of December, Andrew Hunter, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, said on Sept. 20.
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USAF Reorganizes Command And Control Modernization, ABMS Efforts

By Brian Everstine Sep 20, 2022
When U.S. Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall came into office in mid-2021, one of his first steps was to review the Advanced Battle Management System program and broader command and control modernization efforts.
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Air Mobility Command Clears KC-46 For Global Deployments

By Brian Everstine Sep 20, 2022
The U.S. Air Force has cleared its Boeing KC-46 tanker for worldwide deployments, even though the aircraft is still years away from being considered operational.
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U.S. Air Force Wants New Ideas For EW, Munitions, Tankers

By Brian Everstine Sep 20, 2022
The U.S. Air Force wants new input from industry for three key mission areas—electromagnetic spectrum, weapons and its mobility aircraft—looking for emerging tech that can help the service address emerging threats.
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Advanced AI Agent Flies MQ-20A With Sensor Payload

By Steve Trimble Sep 19, 2022
An uncrewed aircraft system flew for the first time aided by an advanced artificial intelligence technique developed by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., a company executive said on Sept. 19.
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Embraer Partners With L3Harris To Offer KC-390 To U.S. Air Force

By Steve Trimble Sep 19, 2022
Embraer has partnered with L3Harris to offer the KC-390 aircraft to the U.S. Air Force with a refueling boom, creating an “Agile Tanker” option alongside the twinjet’s tactical airlift capability.
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U.S. Navy Wants Its Carrier Air Wing 60% Uncrewed

By Brian Everstine Sep 19, 2022
Navy leaders are setting requirements for Collaborative Combat Aircraft to increase the radius of ships, following the MQ-25’s lead.
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New U.S. Navy Weapons Plan Favors Speed Over Range

By Brian Everstine Sep 19, 2022
The need for speed is emerging as more important than the need for range for air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles.
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The Weekly Debrief: GA-ASI Unveils Auto-Inspired Gambit Platform For Future UAS

By Steve Trimble Sep 18, 2022
A cost-saving core platform that shares a common design, engineering and production system and major components with four types of uncrewed aircraft systems optimized for different missions has emerged as General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc.’s vision for the U.S. Air Force’s future Collaborative Combat Aircraft program.
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Opinion: Two Trade Shows Illustrate The Shifting Winds In Defense

By Byron Callan Sep 16, 2022
Global military spending growth and deglobalization will reshape defense markets in the 2020s.
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Revelation of Chinese Magnet Supplier Triggers F-35 Delivery Crisis

By Steve Trimble Sep 15, 2022
All F-35 deliveries remain halted until the Pentagon approves a waiver or an alternative source enters the supply chain in late October.
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U.S. Air Force Looks To A Future Of New Tech For Same Core Missions

By Brian Everstine Sep 09, 2022
On its 75th anniversary, the service looks to a future using increased autonomy and a further migration of key missions to space.
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The U.S. Air Force’s Major Modernization Programs

By Brian Everstine Sep 09, 2022
Here is an overview of 10 of the service’s top priorities as it looks to shape its future force.
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U.S. Air Force Leaders Adopting New Acquisition Philosophy

By Brian Everstine Sep 09, 2022
The service aims to become “ruthless” in selecting development programs under ongoing review.
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eVTOL Recovery Parachute Systems Get Boost With Pioneer Acquisition

By Graham Warwick Apr 04, 2022
Pioneer Aerospace, an experienced manufacturer of parachutes and aerodynamic deceleration systems for NASA space missions, has been acquired by Aviation Safety Resources, a company developing aircraft recovery parachute systems for the advanced air mobility market.
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Kendall Previews New Modernization Agenda For U.S. Air Force

By Steve Trimble Sep 24, 2021
Experienced Pentagon veteran calls for return to a more conventional approach to innovation after era of open-ended demonstrations.
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