Air warfare and procurement of air combat weapons systems

Spare Parts Needed to Ready F-35 for the Pacific, General Says

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Spare Parts Needed to Ready F-35 for the Pacific, General Says

The U.S. Marine Corps wants to protect funding for spare parts needed to prepare the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter for eventual deployment to the Asia-Pacific region, a general said.

Future Choppers Must Share More Parts, Officials Say

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

Future Choppers Must Share More Parts, Officials Say

The U.S. military’s future helicopter fleets must share more parts in order to better control operational and maintenance costs, officials said.

Lockheed Acquires Sikorsky in Major Defense Deal

By Kris Osborn on Monday, July 20th, 2015

Lockheed Acquires Sikorsky in Major Defense Deal

Defense Giant Lockheed Martin has purchased helicopter maker Sikorsky Aircraft for a reported price of $9 billion, company officials announced July 20.

Dunford: Pentagon Reconsidering Planned Size of F-35 Fleet

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, July 10th, 2015

Dunford: Pentagon Reconsidering Planned Size of F-35 Fleet

The Defense Department is rethinking how many Joint Strike Fighters to buy as part of its most expensive weapons acquisition program.

Air Force Hints at Delay in Long Range Strike Bomber Contract

By Bryant Jordan on Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Air Force Hints at Delay in Long Range Strike Bomber Contract

The Air Force’s acquisitions chief signaled he would be willing to push back the awarding of a contract to the Fall.

Japan’s P-1 Submarine Hunter Will Make Historic Flight in Britain

By Michael Hoffman on Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Japan’s P-1 Submarine Hunter Will Make Historic Flight in Britain

Japan’s P-1 will become the first Japanese military aircraft to fly in a European airshow as Kawasaki increases its push to find an international buyer.

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.

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