Collaborative Combat Aircraft (CCA)

By Steve Trimble
About three years before its first scheduled fielding, the U.S. Air Force’s Collaborative Combat Aircraft fleet has a new group of F-16-based testbed aircraft.
Aircraft & Propulsion

By Steve Trimble
The Navy’s CCA target amounts to roughly half the Air Force’s target unit cost.
Budget, Policy & Operations

By Sean Broderick, Michael Bruno, Steve Trimble, Irene Klotz, Guy Norris
Boeing’s new leadership in Commercial Airplanes and at the top are likely just the beginning of major changes at the manufacturing giant.
Manufacturing & Supply Chain

By Steve Trimble
Northrop Grumman announced an agreement to apply EpiSci’s Tactical AI software in the architecture for “advanced autonomous solutions.”
Sensors & Electronic Warfare

By Brian Everstine
The U.S. Air Force will soon begin modifying an F-16 to evaluate autonomy software and artificial intelligence.
Defense and Space

By Brian Everstine
Its plan differs from some prior programs, such as the venerable MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper.
Aircraft & Propulsion

By Steve Trimble
Boeing's MQ-28 Ghost Bat final assembly facility will open in 2027 in Toowoomba, Queensland.
Aircraft & Propulsion

By Steve Trimble
Collaboration defines the operational role of a new class of autonomous combat systems as well a new model for foreign industry partners.
Budget, Policy & Operations

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

By Brian Everstine
The service will select two companies to begin building CCAs, though with a cost-sharing agreement to bring along a third.
Aircraft & Propulsion

By Steve Trimble
The San Diego-based UAS, propulsion and sensor company decided not to offer a bid for a high-profile UAS program as a prime contractor.
Aircraft & Propulsion

By Steve Trimble
As debate over design and cost continues, a group of military and industry experts eschewed most advanced Collaborative Combat Aircraft.
Missile Defense & Weapons

By Brian Everstine
The service, blocked from starting new acquisition programs, used a long-standing autonomy demonstration effort to begin CCA work.
Budget, Policy & Operations

By Brian Everstine
The service is embedding testers in the program office and company teams to develop a swift test timeline.
Aircraft & Propulsion

By Brian Everstine
Faced with an expected influx of testing with current infrastructure and staff maxed out, Edwards AFB aims to reinvent itself.
Aircraft & Propulsion

By Brian Everstine
A potential mandatory cut in addition to ongoing continuing resolutions have military officials blasting congressional inaction on Pentagon plans.
Budget, Policy & Operations

By Matthew Jouppi, Sterling Richmond
Aviation Week has assembled this guide to some of the most important contests that are unfolding between 2024 and 2033.
Budget, Policy & Operations

Egon Rinderer
The timely availability of UAS due to fleet maintenance issues has come into question–possibly jeopardizing mission objectives.
Aircraft & Propulsion

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

By Brian Everstine
The U.S. Air Force wants its early Collaborative Combat Aircraft to have range equal to or beyond that of fighter aircraft.
Aircraft & Propulsion

By Brian Everstine
Geopolitical tensions create a demand for carrier deployments that is not likely to abate soon.
Budget, Policy & Operations

By Steve Trimble
A market survey released by the Air Force calls for higher engine thrust than what candidates for the Collaborative Combat Aircraft have flown so far.
Aircraft & Propulsion

By Brian Everstine
The U.s. Air Force Special Operations Command plan is called the Adaptive Airborne Enterprise.
Aircraft & Propulsion

By Brian Everstine, Garrett Reim
Top officials argue the service cannot push too far on autonomy, warning of requirements creep dragging down the schedule and increasing costs.
Budget, Policy & Operations

By Brian Everstine
Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman are vying for the NGAD program while the three military services are teaming on uncrewed aircraft development.
Aircraft & Propulsion