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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Space-Based GMTI Part Of Coming ISR Migration To Orbit

By Brian Everstine Sep 22, 2021
The U.S. Space Force’s recently disclosed effort to field a space-based ground-moving targeted indicator capability is part of a coming migration of aerospace missions to orbit, especially in the realm of tactical intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance. 
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Retired F-117s Fly As ‘Cruise Missiles’ For Training

By Brian Everstine Sep 22, 2021
U.S. Air National Guard pilots are flying against officially retired F-117s as a way to practice homeland defense missiles against cruise missiles, with the stealth characteristics of the Nighthawks serving as a representation of the threat.
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Raytheon Wins First Export For Gallium Nitride Fighter AESA

By Steve Trimble Sep 22, 2021
Raytheon has expanded sales and options for gallium nitride-enabled active electronically scanned array radars for fighters.
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SOCOM Selects Three Qualified Bidders For Armed Overwatch Contract

By Steve Trimble Sep 21, 2021
The MAG Aerospace AC-208 and Leidos/Paramount Bronco II have been eliminated from the Armed Overwatch competition, leaving three qualified bidders as U.S. Special Operations Command releases a request for proposals as soon as later this week.
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Kendall: USAF Needs To Reassess Role Of Hypersonics

By Brian Everstine Sep 21, 2021
U.S. Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall is not satisfied with progress on testing hypersonic weapons and said the service has not clearly determined what a role for the weapons would be.
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T-7A ‘Wing Rock’ Fixed, But Production Delays Continue

By Brian Everstine Sep 21, 2021
Boeing has resolved the “wing rock” issue facing the T-7A Red Hawk trainer, but production is still slowed by ongoing COVID-19-related parts shortages.
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USAF Plans Live Test Of Palletized Munitions In December

By Brian Everstine Sep 21, 2021
The U.S. Air Force this December will conduct a live demonstration of palletized cruise missiles from the back of cargo aircraft, after multiple tests on aircraft including C-17s and EC-130s.
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NASA Restructures Human Spaceflight Directorate

By Irene Klotz Sep 21, 2021
NASA is separating its Human Exploration and Operations (HEO) mission directorate into two new directorates, one focused on current initiatives while the other looks ahead to systems development and plans for the next 20 years, Administrator Bill Nelson announced on Sept. 21.
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Kaman Developing Unmanned Resupply Aircraft

By Graham Warwick Sep 21, 2021
Kaman is developing an unmanned cargo rotorcraft, the Kargo, to meet the anticipated U.S. Marine Corps requirement for an autonomous resupply vehicle to support distributed operations.
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Opinion: Will Lockheed Martin Reenter USAF Tanker Fray?

By Richard Aboulafia Sep 21, 2021
If Airbus decides to bid its KC-30 MRTT for the “bridge tanker” competition, it would likely team with Lockheed Martin.
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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. 
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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.
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The Weekly Debrief: Space BACN Comes To Low Earth Orbit

By Steve Trimble Sep 20, 2021
Low Earth orbit is new home of several small-comsat constellations of enormous bandwidth—but no ability to exchange data with each other.
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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
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U.S. Admits ‘Over the Horizon’  Afghanistan Strike Killed Civilians

By Brian Everstine Sep 17, 2021
U.S. Central Command boss said Sept. 17 that the white Toyota Corolla targeted by the strike belonged to an aid worker who did not pose a threat to the U.S.-led evacuation at nearby Hamid Karzai International Airport.
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Boeing Announces New MQ-25 Factory

By Brian Everstine Sep 17, 2021
The 300,000-sq.-ft. facility, expected to be completed in 2024, initially will employ 150 mechanics and engineers.
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South Korea Tests New Air-Launched Stand-Off Weapon 

By Chen Chuanren Sep 17, 2021
Being developed for the KF-X fighter, the ALCM separated from an F-4E and extended its glide wings before striking a target over an unspecified distance.
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Diehl Proposes Modernized IRIS-T For FCAS

By Tony Osborne Sep 17, 2021
Germany’s Diehl Defense is working to adapt its IRIS-T short-range air-to-air missile for use on future low-observable platforms.
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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.
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Competition For Australia’s Military Satellite Contract Looks Fierce

By Jen DiMascio Sep 17, 2021
Australia searches for a sovereign military satellite communication system.
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MBDA, BAE Systems Contracted To Finalize UK F-35 Weapons Integration

By Tony Osborne Sep 16, 2021
BAE Systems and MBDA have been contracted to finalize te development and integration of the Meteor BVOS AAM and Spear 3 onto the JSF.
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Shaping the Future of Special Operations Air Power: SNC’s MC-145B Coyote – for Armed Overwatch

Sponsored by Sierra Nevada Corporation Sep 15, 2021
Today’s warfighter operates in a constantly evolving environment where rapidly improving technologies and diverse combat zones pose increasingly…
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International Militaries Reach For The Stars

By Tony Osborne Sep 14, 2021
Countries around the world are entering the military space domain triggered by the formation of the U.S. Space Force.
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HH-60W Live-Fire Testing Begins

Sep 18, 2020
The HH-60W Jolly Green II combat search-and-rescue helicopter has begun live-fire testing of its three primary weapons–the GAU-2, GAU-18 and GAU-21.
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