Air warfare and procurement of air combat weapons systems

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.

Pentagon Finalizes $4.7 Billion for 43 More F-35s

By Kris Osborn on Friday, November 21st, 2014

Pentagon Finalizes $4.7 Billion for 43 More F-35s

The deal with Lockheed Martin includes new fighters for the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy and five planes for international partners.

Senator Says Air Force Misleading Congress in Pitch to Kill A-10

By Bryant Jordan on Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Senator Says Air Force Misleading Congress in Pitch to Kill A-10

Sen. Kelly Ayotte said Air Force leaders have not provided the whole truth as they explain the need to retire the A-10 to pave way for F-35

Republicans Press to Save A-10 Following New Air Force Proposal

By Bryant Jordan on Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Republicans Press to Save A-10 Following New Air Force Proposal

The Air Force has reportedly offered a compromise to only retire three A-10 squadrons, not the entire fleet.

ISIS Advances Force US to Train Iraqi Pilots in Arizona

By Richard Sisk on Monday, November 10th, 2014

ISIS Advances Force US to Train Iraqi Pilots in Arizona

Since Iraq is too dangerous at the moment, the U.S. military will begin delivering the F-16s the Baghdad government bought last year to Arizona.

F-35C Lands First Time on Carrier

By Kris Osborn on Monday, November 3rd, 2014

F-35C Lands First Time on Carrier

The Navy’s F-35C Lightning II carrier variant Joint Strike Fighter conducted its first arrested landing Nov. 3.

Russia Delivers Last of U.S.-bought Helicopters to Afghan Military

By Bryant Jordan on Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Russia Delivers Last of U.S.-bought Helicopters to Afghan Military

The last of 63 Russian Mi-17 transport helicopters that the Pentagon ordered for Afghanistan’s military were delivered in October.

Pentagon Implements F-35 Engine Fixes

By Kris Osborn on Friday, October 31st, 2014

Pentagon Implements F-35 Engine Fixes

Engineers with the Pentagon’s F-35 program are implementing a series of short– and long-term fixes to the aircraft’s engine problems.

A-10’s Delayed Retirement Threatens to Push Back F-35 Program

By Kris Osborn on Friday, October 31st, 2014

A-10’s Delayed Retirement Threatens to Push Back F-35 Program

Program officials warned the Air Force’s and Marine Corps’s F-35 variants could have their timeline pushed back by weeks.

Pentagon: Latest F-35 Deal Shaves Unit Cost by 4%

By Brendan McGarry on Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Pentagon: Latest F-35 Deal Shaves Unit Cost by 4%

The Pentagon struck a deal with Lockheed Martin Corp. to buy another batch of F-35 stealth fighter jets, an agreement they say will reduce the aircraft’s unit cost.

US Commander in Korea: A-10 Warthog Will be Missed

By Richard Sisk on Friday, October 24th, 2014

US Commander in Korea: A-10 Warthog Will be Missed

Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti backed the Air Force decision to retire the aircraft even while praising the aircraft.

Raytheon Offers Laser-Guided Artillery to Army, Navy

By Kris Osborn on Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Raytheon Offers Laser-Guided Artillery to Army, Navy

Raytheon is testing a new laser-guided 155mm artillery shell which adds laser-designation to GPS guidance.

Army Sees Rising Global Demand for Helicopters, Missiles

By Brendan McGarry on Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Army Sees Rising Global Demand for Helicopters, Missiles

The service had a record year for foreign military sales, with rising demand in the Middle East for such weapons systems as Apache attack helicopters, Patriot and Javelin missiles.

Army Configures Apaches for Sea Duty

By Kris Osborn on Monday, October 13th, 2014

Army Configures Apaches for Sea Duty

The U.S. Army is engineering its Apache AH-64 attack helicopters with additional avionics, radar and sensor technology so that the aircraft can better function in a maritime environment

Army Steps Up Pacific Sea-Based Exercises

By Kris Osborn on Monday, October 13th, 2014

Army Steps Up Pacific Sea-Based Exercises

The Army plans to conduct more maritime exercises with Navy ships in the Pacific as part of the services’ rebalance to the region.

Air Force Works to Replace JSTARS Fleet

By Kris Osborn on Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Air Force Works to Replace JSTARS Fleet

The Air Force is looking at a range of airframes as potential replacements for its aging fleet of E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar Systems.

Navy Upgrades Maverick Air-to-Ground Missile

By Kris Osborn on Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Navy Upgrades Maverick Air-to-Ground Missile

The Navy is outfitted 500 air-launched AGM-65 Maverick missiles with semi-active laser targeting technology.

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