Air warfare and procurement of air combat weapons systems

Senators Slam Pentagon Officials Over Faulty Bomber Estimates

By Brendan McGarry on Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Senators Slam Pentagon Officials Over Faulty Bomber Estimates

The leaders of the Senate Armed Service Committee blasted Pentagon officials over major discrepancies in recent estimates for the Air Force’s new bomber program.

Boeing Lands $1.5 Billion Deal to Supply P-8s to US, Australia

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, August 28th, 2015

Boeing Lands $1.5 Billion Deal to Supply P-8s to US, Australia

Boeing Co., the world’s largest aerospace company, landed a $1.5 billion contract to supply P-8 Poseidon aircraft to the U.S. and Australia.

Air Force Blames Mistaken Bomber Costs on ‘Human Error’

By Brendan McGarry on Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Air Force Blames Mistaken Bomber Costs on ‘Human Error’

The U.S. Air Force blamed mistaken cost estimates for the new bomber program in part on “human error.”

Welsh Dismisses F-35, A-10 CAS Contest as ‘Silly Exercise’

By Brendan McGarry on Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

Welsh Dismisses F-35, A-10 CAS Contest as ‘Silly Exercise’

The U.S. Air Force’s top military man dismissed the idea of comparing how the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet and the A-10 Warthog attack plane perform in close air support tests.

F-35 and A-10 to Square off in Close Air Support Tests

By Brendan McGarry on Monday, August 24th, 2015

F-35 and A-10 to Square off in Close Air Support Tests

The Defense Department plans to test the fifth-generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet against the Cold War-era A-10 attack aircraft in close air support tests.

Marine Corps Sees Growing Demand for V-22 Osprey

By Kris Osborn on Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Marine Corps Sees Growing Demand for V-22 Osprey

The service is hustling to train crews for the V-22 Osprey to keep pace with the growing demand for the tilt-rotor aircraft.

U.S. to Turkey: We’re Taking Those Patriots Home

By Brendan McGarry on Monday, August 17th, 2015

U.S. to Turkey:  We’re Taking Those Patriots Home

Days after Turkey agreed to let the U.S. launch airstrikes into Syria from Incirlik, the U.S. announced its pulling the Patriot missile system out of the country.

Lockheed to Design Missile That Hits Multiple Warheads

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, August 14th, 2015

Lockheed to Design Missile That Hits Multiple Warheads

The world’s largest defense contractor plans to design a missile defense component that can take out multiple warheads.

Report: Israel Considers Options Outside Boeing’s KC-46A Due to Delays

By Michael Hoffman on Friday, August 7th, 2015

Report: Israel Considers Options Outside Boeing’s KC-46A Due to Delays

The Israeli Defense Force is open to a tanker replacement other than Boeing’s KC-46A following recent delays and cost increases with the program.

Helicopter Crash Deals Blow to Afghan Air Force

By Brendan McGarry on Thursday, August 6th, 2015

Helicopter Crash Deals Blow to Afghan Air Force

The deadly helicopter crash Thursday in Afghanistan was a setback for the Afghan air force and may reignite debate about U.S. military assistance to the country.

U.S. Military Aircraft to Defend ‘Moderate’ Syrian Rebels

By Brendan McGarry on Monday, August 3rd, 2015

U.S. Military Aircraft to Defend ‘Moderate’ Syrian Rebels

U.S. military aircraft will provide defensive air cover to “moderate” Syrian rebels, the Pentagon announced on Monday.

Marine Corps Announces F-35B Fighter Jet Ready for Initial Operations

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, July 31st, 2015

Marine Corps Announces F-35B Fighter Jet Ready for Initial Operations

The service announced the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is ready to fly initial operations.

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.

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