Air warfare and procurement of air combat weapons systems

Pentagon: Iraq Ops Cost $7.5 Million a Day

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, August 29th, 2014

Pentagon: Iraq Ops Cost $7.5 Million a Day

The U.S. Defense Department since mid-June has spent about $7.5 million a day on military operations to combat Islamic extremists in northern Iraq.

U.S. Airstrikes in Iraq Cost $100 Million to Date

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

U.S. Airstrikes in Iraq Cost $100 Million to Date

The bulk of the estimated price tag actually comes from intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions, not strike sorties, according to a defense budget analyst.

Pentagon May Retool Budget for Iraq Airstrikes

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Pentagon May Retool Budget for Iraq Airstrikes

The U.S. Defense Department may need to modify next year’s budget to pay for airstrikes targeting Islamic militants in Iraq, officials said.

F-16 Grounding Highlights Need for Upgrades

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

F-16 Grounding Highlights Need for Upgrades

The U.S. Air Force’s grounding of more than half its fleet of F-16D fighter jets highlights the need for ongoing structural upgrades of the aging aircraft.

Army Picks Firms to Build Future Helicopter

By Brendan McGarry on Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Army Picks Firms to Build Future Helicopter

The service selected a Sikorsky-Boeing team and a Bell-Lockheed team to build prototypes for the first phase of the Joint Multi-Role helicopter program.

Will U.S. Fighters Hit U.S.-Made Tanks in Iraq?

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, August 8th, 2014

Will U.S. Fighters Hit U.S.-Made Tanks in Iraq?

As U.S. warplanes launched airstrikes against Islamic extremists in northern Iraq, CNN reported the fighters were in possession of U.S.-made M1 Abrams tanks.

Air Force Works to Extend Life of C-130 Fleet

By Kris Osborn on Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Air Force Works to Extend Life of C-130 Fleet

The Air Force is extending the service life of its fleet of C-130 combat delivery aircraft by replacing center wing boxes on some of the planes and adding new electronics.

Welsh Warns of ‘Alarmist’ Reaction to F-35 Fire

By Brendan McGarry on Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Welsh Warns of ‘Alarmist’ Reaction to F-35 Fire

The U.S. Air Force’s top officer cautioned against an “alarmist” reaction to last month’s F-35 engine fire that resulted in a temporary fleet-wide grounding of the fighter jet.

Analyst: F-35C to Cost $337 Million Apiece in FY15

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Analyst: F-35C to Cost $337 Million Apiece in FY15

A longtime defense analyst and critic of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program says taxpayers next year will pay between $148 million and $337 million per jet, depending on the model.

Software Hurdles May Follow KC-46A Wiring Woes

By Brendan McGarry on Monday, July 28th, 2014

Software Hurdles May Follow KC-46A Wiring Woes

The surprise disclosure of a wiring flaw on the Air Force’s new KC-46A refueling tanker made by Boeing Co. may not be the end of the program’s development challenges.

Gaza Shows Worth in Laser Missile Defense Systems

By Michael Hoffman on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Gaza Shows Worth in Laser Missile Defense Systems

The costly Iron Dome missile defense system is proving its worth and the need for laser missile defense systems.

Chinese Spy Ship Arrives Near RIMPAC

By Michael Hoffman on Monday, July 21st, 2014

Chinese Spy Ship Arrives Near RIMPAC

The Chinese sent an electronic surveillance ship to the edge of the region of the Rim of the Pacific 2014 exercise.

BAE ‘Bullish’ Army Will Buy Missile Guidance Kits

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, July 18th, 2014

BAE ‘Bullish’ Army Will Buy Missile Guidance Kits

The U.S. subsidiary of the British defense giant BAE Systems Plc expects the Army to begin buying its guidance kits to convert unguided rockets into “smart” heat-seeking missiles.

Congress Plans to Boost the Tomahawk Missiles Fleet

By Kris Osborn on Friday, July 18th, 2014

Congress Plans to Boost the Tomahawk Missiles Fleet

All four Congressional defense committees have aligned to support an increase in Tomahawk missile production in 2015 and beyond.

Airbus Revs Up for A400M Production

By Kris Osborn on Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Airbus Revs Up for A400M Production

Airbus Defense and Space is preparing for a massive increase in production of A400M strategic and tactical military airlifter.

Royal Air Force Upgrades Tornado in Shadow of F-35

By Kris Osborn on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Royal Air Force Upgrades Tornado in Shadow of F-35

The British Royal Air Force plans to finish upgrades to as many as 59 Tornado aircraft by 2016.

Lockheed, BAE Vie for F-16 Upgrades Abroad

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Lockheed, BAE Vie for F-16 Upgrades Abroad

BAE wants to challenge Lockheed in competitions to upgrade F-16s in Asia, Europe and especially the Middle East — a slice of the global defense market estimated at $10 billion over the next decade.

Pentagon: F-35 Grounding Lifted with Restrictions

By Brendan McGarry on Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Pentagon: F-35 Grounding Lifted with Restrictions

The Pentagon announced it has lifted the fleet-wide grounding of the F-35, dramatically raising hopes that the fifth-generation stealth fighter will make its international debut this week at the Farnborough International Air Show.

Boeing Unveils New Maritime Surveillance Plane

By Kris Osborn on Monday, July 14th, 2014

Boeing Unveils New Maritime Surveillance Plane

Boeing developers have combined sensors from the P-8 with a Bombardier Challenger to create a new surveillance aircraft.

Pentagon’s No. 2 to Meet with Navy to Discuss UCLASS

By Kris Osborn on Monday, July 14th, 2014

Pentagon’s No. 2 to Meet with Navy to Discuss UCLASS

Bob Work will meet with Navy officials to discuss requirements for the service’s carrier drone development program.

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