Rolls-Royce Wins B-52 Re-engining Contract

By Steve Trimble Sep 24, 2021
Rolls-Royce has won a competition to re-engine the Boeing B-52H fleet with 608 F130 turbofan engines, the U.S. Defense Department said on Sept. 24…
Aircraft & Propulsion

NASA Requests Information For Sustainable X-plane

By Guy Norris Sep 24, 2021
As part of preparations to develop a full-scale, ultra-efficient X-plane technology demonstrator later this decade, NASA has issued a request for information to industry ahead of a formal solicitation for proposals planned for early 2022.
Aircraft & Propulsion

India Signs C295 Avro Replacement Contract With Airbus

By Tony Osborne Sep 24, 2021
India has signed a contract for the long-awaited purchase of 56 Airbus C295 twin-turboprop airlifters for the country’s air force.
Aircraft & Propulsion

LaunchPoint EPS Targets Military UAV Power Needs

By Graham Warwick Sep 24, 2021
LaunchPoint Electric Propulsion Systems is targeting the power needs of advanced military unmanned aircraft with a new generation of electric generators using efficient, lightweight Halbach array technology.
Aircraft & Propulsion

USAF Retires Last Of 17 B-1s, Reconsiders Modifications

By Brian Everstine Sep 24, 2021
Air Force Global Strike Command on Sept. 23 completed its planned retirement of 17 B-1Bs as the last Lancer flew to the boneyard.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Sikorsky Approves SAF Use On S-92

By Tony Osborne Sep 24, 2021
Sikorsky has approved the use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel on its S-92 twin-engine heavy helicopter, as the greater aviation industry looks to more widely adopt the fuels to reduce carbon emissions.
Aircraft & Propulsion

The Week in Defense, Sept. 24-30, 2021

By Jen DiMascio Sep 24, 2021
Singapore’s UAS teaming test; Boeing to make Loyal Wingman down under; U.S. titanium imports down; and Raytheon expands AESA radar sales.
Aircraft & Propulsion

KC-46 Will Operationally Refuel F-15s, F-16s Soon

By Brian Everstine Sep 23, 2021
The U.S. Air Force’s troubled KC-46 will be freed up for operational refueling of F-15s and F-16s “very soon” as part of the rollout of limited operations for the aircraft as permanent fixes to the tanker’s remote vision system continue to be developed.
Aircraft & Propulsion

USAF, Guard, Congress Differ On C-130 Need

By Brian Everstine Sep 23, 2021
How many C-130s does the U.S. Air Force need?
Aircraft & Propulsion

Singapore Tests UAS Pairing In High-End Validation War Game

By Chen Chuanren Sep 23, 2021
The RSAF’s IAI Heron 1 medium altitude long endurance (MALE) UAS was paired with an undisclosed “small UAS” during an exercise held at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho.
Budget, Policy & Operations

What Does Titanium Sponge Show About Aircraft Production Recovery?

By Michael Bruno Sep 22, 2021
How fast will U.S. military jet and large commercial aircraft build rates pick up?
Aircraft & Propulsion

Kitty Hawk Returns To Autonomous Single-Seat eVTOL Strategy

By Graham Warwick Sep 22, 2021
The startup has decided it wants to start flying people as soon as possible and so will certify the autonomous single-seat Heaviside H2 now in flight testing as its entry into the market.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

Boeing To Open Loyal Wingman Assembly Plant In Australia

By Chen Chuanren Sep 22, 2021
Boeing will build a final assembly facility for the Airpower Teaming System (ATS) in the state of Queensland, Australia, to begin serial production of the autonomous unmanned aircraft.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Airbus And Leonardo Battle For UK Helicopter Replacement

By Tony Osborne Sep 22, 2021
Both manufacturers have promised local final assembly lines and to export from the UK if selected.
Supply Chain

Tempest Joint-Venture Plans Are Firming Up

By Tony Osborne Sep 22, 2021
Tempest is advancing toward a delivery plan and adding industrial partners as funding flows from the UK and Italy.
Aircraft & Propulsion

USAFE Prepares For F-35A With More International Training, Planning

By Brian Everstine Sep 21, 2021
As the U.S. Air Force prepares to base its first F-35As in Europe later this year, the service has increased its ability to train with local nations that fly the aircraft, established a local way to train with live-fire missiles, and even brought in international partners to its air operations center to work more closely together.
Light Attack and Advanced Training

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.
AFA Air Space and Cyber Conference

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.
AFA Air Space and Cyber Conference

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.
AFA Air Space and Cyber Conference

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
USAF Discloses Five B-21s In Assembly For Test Fleet
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.
AFA Air Space and Cyber Conference

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.
AFA Air Space and Cyber Conference

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.
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