Air warfare and procurement of air combat weapons systems

Afghan Military to Receive Its First A-29s in December

By Richard Sisk on Friday, March 6th, 2015

Afghan Military to Receive Its First A-29s in December

The first of the A-29 Super Tucanos will begin arriving in December to begin their close-air-support missions after years of delays and court fights.

Army Not Interested in Taking A-10 Warthogs from Air Force

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Army Not Interested in Taking A-10 Warthogs from Air Force

The U.S. Army does not want the Air Force’s fleet of A-10 attack planes, even if it would save the venerable Cold War-era aircraft from the bone yard.

Navy Mulls Expanding Growler’s Future After Blanking EA-18G’s Budget

By Kris Osborn on Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Navy Mulls Expanding Growler’s Future After Blanking EA-18G’s Budget

The Navy didn’t include any new Growlers in its 2016 budget even as it continues to study expanding numbers stationed on carriers.

Israel Buys More 14 More F-35s as US Denies JSF Sales to Gulf States

By Michael Hoffman on Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Israel Buys More 14 More F-35s as US Denies JSF Sales to Gulf States

The Pentagon’s top weapons buyer said the U.S. has no “near term” plans to sell F-35s to nations such as Qatar or the UAE.

Pratt & Whitney Subpoenaed on C-17 Engine Maintenance

By Michael Hoffman on Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Pratt & Whitney Subpoenaed on C-17 Engine Maintenance

DoD has subpoenaed Pratt & Whitney’s engine unit for the records of more than $1.5 billion worth of maintenance work on C-17s.

Next Defense Secretary Open to Keeping A-10 in Air Force

By Richard Sisk on Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Next Defense Secretary Open to Keeping A-10 in Air Force

Ashton Carter agreed to hear arguments from JTACS for keeping the A-10 despite renewed efforts by the Air Force to retire it.

Forbes: Ukraine and ISIS Put Pacific Re-balance at Risk

By Kris Osborn on Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Forbes: Ukraine and ISIS Put Pacific Re-balance at Risk

The chairman of the powerful House Seapower and Projection Forces subcommittee is concerned that current emerging global threats and conflicts will slow down the implementation of the Pentagon’s much-discussed Pacific rebalance.

Pentagon Unveils Program to Help Build 6th Generation Fighter

By Kris Osborn on Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Pentagon Unveils Program to Help Build 6th Generation Fighter

The Pentagon is poised to unveil a new collaborative research program in the upcoming 2016 defense budget submission.

McCain Wants Investigation into A-10 “Treason” Comments

By Michael Hoffman on Friday, January 23rd, 2015

McCain Wants Investigation into A-10 “Treason” Comments

Sen. John McCain has asked the Air Force secretary to open an investigation into the alleged comments made by an Air Force general about A-10 supporters

Pentagon Bids Adieu to Air-Sea Battle Name

By Michael Hoffman on Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Pentagon Bids Adieu to Air-Sea Battle Name

The Pentagon has chosen to close the Air-Sea Battle Office and fold their work into a new section of the Joint Staff.

General: Praising the A-10 to Lawmakers is ‘Treason’

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, January 16th, 2015

General: Praising the A-10 to Lawmakers is ‘Treason’

A top U.S. Air Force general warned officers that praising the A-10 attack plane to lawmakers amounts to “treason,” according to a news report.

AF Eyes T-X Aircraft, Intel System for Cost-Cutting Strategy

By Brendan McGarry on Thursday, January 15th, 2015

AF Eyes T-X Aircraft, Intel System for Cost-Cutting Strategy

The U.S. Air Force plans to apply a new acquisition strategy to a handful of weapons programs, from a new trainer aircraft to a battlefield intelligence system.

Pentagon Still Pushing To Retire A-10 and Close Bases

By Richard Sisk on Monday, January 12th, 2015

Pentagon Still Pushing To Retire A-10 and Close Bases

The Pentagon says it has no plans to back away from plans to retire the A-10 or recommend another round of BRAC.

Pentagon: F-35 Gun Will Fire in 2017

By Brendan McGarry on Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Pentagon: F-35 Gun Will Fire in 2017

The fifth-generation stealth fighter’s GAU-22 gun and Electro-Optical Targeting System will be operational with the installation of the Block 3F software update in fiscal 2017.

Air Force Short on Drone Pilots for ISIS Campaign

By Richard Sisk on Monday, January 5th, 2015

Air Force Short on Drone Pilots for ISIS Campaign

The Air Force is facing a shortage of drone pilots for the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper drones.

Lockheed Delivers 36 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters in 2014

By Brendan McGarry on Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Lockheed Delivers 36 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters in 2014

The figure marks its production goal for the year and brings the total number of Joint Strike Fighters delivered to the U.S. and allies to 109 aircraft.

Pentagon Sets up F-35 Maintenance Plan in Asia

By Kris Osborn on Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Pentagon Sets up F-35 Maintenance Plan in Asia

The Pentagon’s F-35 program announced plans for the program’s maintenance and sustainment of the aircraft in the Asia Pacific.

F-35 Program Announces European Sustainment Plan

By Kris Osborn on Thursday, December 11th, 2014

F-35 Program Announces European Sustainment Plan

The Pentagon announced how it plans to spend funding over the next 40 to 50 years sustaining and maintaining the F-35 in Europe for decades after it enters service.

Old A-10 and New F-35 Both Win in Spending Deal

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Old A-10 and New F-35 Both Win in Spending Deal

The massive spending bill lawmakers unveiled late Tuesday includes more funding than the Pentagon requested for both F-35 and EA-18G aircraft.

Lawmakers Agree to Block Retirement of A-10 Fleet

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Lawmakers Agree to Block Retirement of A-10 Fleet

The defense bill would still allow the Air Force to move as many 36 of the planes to back-up status, freeing up more maintainers for the F-35 program.

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