Air warfare and procurement of air combat weapons systems

Pentagon Defends F-35 After Report Says it Can’t Dogfight

By Kris Osborn on Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Pentagon Defends F-35 After Report Says it Can’t Dogfight

The Pentagon’s F-35 Joint Program Office is defending its new stealth aircraft in response to a recent news report citing a test-pilot’s analysis claiming the aircraft proved to be inferior to an F-16 in “dogfighting” test scenarios.

General Atomics Readies Drone for European Skies

By Brendan McGarry on Thursday, June 25th, 2015

General Atomics Readies Drone for European Skies

Drone-maker General Atomics is upgrading a version of its Predator-series drone so it can fly across European skies by 2019.

After Battlefield Wins, Helo Drone Hovers to Commercial Market

By Brendan McGarry on Monday, June 22nd, 2015

After Battlefield Wins, Helo Drone Hovers to Commercial Market

With the Marine Corps’ K-MAX helicopter drones sitting in storage, the manufacturer of the unmanned choppers has begun inking deals for commercial versions.

Lockheed Seeks Savings to Land 3-Year F-35 Block Buy by U.S.

By Michael Hoffman on Friday, June 19th, 2015

Lockheed Seeks Savings to Land 3-Year F-35 Block Buy by U.S.

Company officials said they want to find the “double digit” savings Frank Kendall listed last month when he showed interest in the block buy.

Qatar Buys Four C-17 Globemasters to Double Fleet

By Michael Hoffman on Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Qatar Buys Four C-17 Globemasters to Double Fleet

Qatar bought four of the remaining five C-17 Globemasters that Boeing built before ending production on the cargo aircraft.

Kawasaki’s P-1 Maritime Patrol Aircraft Pushes P-8 in Paris

By Michael Hoffman on Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Kawasaki’s P-1 Maritime Patrol Aircraft Pushes P-8 in Paris

The maritime patrol aircraft market is expanding as Russian and Chinese submarine activity continues to draw more concerns.

Boeing Looks to Sell Retired A-10 Warthogs Abroad

By Brendan McGarry on Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Boeing Looks to Sell Retired A-10 Warthogs Abroad

As the Air Force pushes to retire its fleet of A-10 attack aircraft, Boeing doesn’t want the planes to waste away in the desert — it wants to sell them abroad.

Lockheed Martin Defends F-35’s Close Air Support Capabilities

By Michael Hoffman on Monday, June 15th, 2015

Lockheed Martin Defends F-35’s Close Air Support Capabilities

Lockheed said it has not received a request from the Marine Corps or Air Force to speed up the delivery of the gun on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

UTC to Sell or Spin Off Sikorsky

By Kris Osborn on Monday, June 15th, 2015

UTC to Sell or Spin Off Sikorsky

United Technologies announced that it plans to sell or spin off its the Sikorsky Aircraft business, subject to final Board approval, company officials announced June 15.

Pratt & Whitney: F-35 Fleet Will Have Engine Fix by Early 2016

By Brendan McGarry on Monday, June 15th, 2015

Pratt & Whitney: F-35 Fleet Will Have Engine Fix by Early 2016

Engine-maker Pratt & Whitney plans to finish retrofitting the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter fleet with an engine fix by early 2016, officials said.

F-35A Engine Fire Investigation Finds $50 Million in Damages

By Kris Osborn on Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

F-35A Engine Fire Investigation Finds $50 Million in Damages

A formal Air Force investigation has upheld an earlier assessment of the cause of the service’s F-35A aircraft engine fire last year.

Admiral: Corrosion Damage on F/A-18 Hornets ‘Caught Us by Surprise’

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, June 5th, 2015

Admiral: Corrosion Damage on F/A-18 Hornets ‘Caught Us by Surprise’

The extent of corrosion damage on the U.S. military’s F/A-18 Hornet fleet is requiring more maintenance than expected, an admiral said.

Admiral ‘Frustrated’ by Delay in Competition to Build Carrier Drones

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Admiral ‘Frustrated’ by Delay in Competition to Build Carrier Drones

The head of air warfare for the U.S. Navy said he’s frustrated by a delay in the plan to build a fleet of aircraft carrier-based drones.

Okinawa Governor Presses Case against New V-22 Airfield

By Richard Sisk on Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Okinawa Governor Presses Case against New V-22 Airfield

The governor will press his case for stopping construction of a new airfield and eventually getting many of the Marines and their MV-22 Ospreys off the island.

Sikorsky Test Flies New Chopper as Parent Mulls Sale

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Sikorsky Test Flies New Chopper as Parent Mulls Sale

Sikorsky flew for the first time its next-generation S-97 Raider helicopter, as its parent company mulls a possible sale of the 90-year-old rotorcraft-maker.

Air Force Names New Chief Scientist

By Kris Osborn on Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Air Force Names New Chief Scientist

The Air Force chose the president and senior scientist at Charles River Analytics who has also worked with NASA to serve as their new chief scientist.

Will the A-10 Dodge Retirement — and Get New Wings?

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, May 15th, 2015

Will the A-10 Dodge Retirement — and Get New Wings?

Lawmakers in both chambers of Congress want to add more funding for the Cold War-era gunship in fiscal 2016. The question is how much.

White House Says F-35s Not For Sale to Gulf Arab States

By Richard Sisk on Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

White House Says F-35s Not For Sale to Gulf Arab States

President Obama’s Camp David summit with the Gulf Arab states on Thursday will seek to boost arms sales to the Gulf neighbors but the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has been taken off their wish list.

Former UK Defense Chief Slams F-35 as ‘White Elephant’

By Brendan McGarry on Monday, May 11th, 2015

Former UK Defense Chief Slams F-35 as ‘White Elephant’

The United Kingdom’s former defense chief used some colorful language to criticize the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

Air Force Mulls Mothballing F-16s if Congress Blocks A-10 Retirement

By Kris Osborn on Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Air Force Mulls Mothballing F-16s if Congress Blocks A-10 Retirement

The House Armed Services Committee inserted $683 million into the 2016 defense bill to stop the Air Force from retiring the A-10 Warthog.

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