Air warfare and procurement of air combat weapons systems

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.

Audit: Air Force Didn’t Justify Reaper Fleet Size

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Audit: Air Force Didn’t Justify Reaper Fleet Size

The U.S. Air Force didn’t justify its plans to buy a total of 401 MQ-9 Reaper drones worth about $77 billion, according to a report on a Pentagon Inspector General audit.

Analysts: Airstrike Costs Creep Toward $1 Billion

By Brendan McGarry on Monday, September 29th, 2014

Analysts: Airstrike Costs Creep Toward $1 Billion

The cost of U.S.-led airstrikes against Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria through Sept. 24 is estimated at $780 million to $930 million.

Navy Considers Aircraft for Future Carrier Delivery Mission

By Kris Osborn on Friday, September 26th, 2014

Navy Considers Aircraft for Future Carrier Delivery Mission

The Navy is evaluating a range of aircraft as possible future platforms to perform landing, take-off and delivery missions on aircraft carriers,

Senator: Congress Likely to Protect F-35 Funding

By Brendan McGarry on Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Senator: Congress Likely to Protect F-35 Funding

The U.S. Congress is likely to continue supporting the F-35 stealth fighter jet, despite a recent setback involving an engine fire, a high-ranking senator said.

Levin Praises Arab Unity in Strikes against Islamic State

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Levin Praises Arab Unity in Strikes against Islamic State

The retiring chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee praised Arab countries for joining the U.S. in launching airstrikes.

Analysts: Airstrikes Will Fail Unless Ground Troops Combat Islamic State

By Kris Osborn on Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Analysts: Airstrikes Will Fail Unless Ground Troops Combat Islamic State

The U.S. and allied airstrikes will not be enough to defeat the Islamic State without ground forces in Syria and Iraq.

Report: Boeing Plans for Post-Fighter Future

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, September 19th, 2014

Report: Boeing Plans for Post-Fighter Future

Boeing Co. is planning for an era in which in no longer builds fighter jets, even as they’re flown to fight Islamic militants in Iraq, according to a news report.

Welsh on Aging Fleets: ‘Airplanes Are Falling Apart’

By Brendan McGarry on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Welsh on Aging Fleets: ‘Airplanes Are Falling Apart’

Top U.S. Air Force officials said the service must protect funding to upgrade aging fleets of aircraft while investing in new technologies despite budget cuts.

ANG Director Wants C-130 Study Next Year

By Michael Hoffman on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

ANG Director Wants C-130 Study Next Year

Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III wants to evaluate the Guard’s C-130 fleet ahead of a road map to transition the Guard to the J-model.

Bogdan: F-35 Engine Fix May be Ready by Year’s End

By Brendan McGarry on Monday, September 15th, 2014

Bogdan: F-35 Engine Fix May be Ready by Year’s End

The U.S. Defense Department official in charge of the F-35 fighter jet program said he hopes to have a fix in place for a defective engine part by the end of the year.

F-15 Crash Raises Concerns on Aging Fleet

By Richard Sisk on Thursday, September 11th, 2014

F-15 Crash Raises Concerns on Aging Fleet

The crash in Virginia last month of an F-15C Eagle fighter renewed concerns over the aging aircraft of the Air Force.

Osprey to Fly in NATO Exercises

By Kris Osborn on Friday, September 5th, 2014

A U.S. Air Force commander assigned to NATO said the alliance plans to fly V-22 Ospreys in upcoming exercises.

Boeing to Begin Building AH-6i Helos for Saudis

By Brendan McGarry on Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Boeing to Begin Building AH-6i Helos for Saudis

Boeing has received a $245 million contract to buy parts and other long lead items for 24 of the helicopters for Saudi Arabia.

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