Air warfare and procurement of air combat weapons systems

Unit Costs Surge for MQ-8 Fire Scout Drone

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, April 18th, 2014

Unit Costs Surge for MQ-8 Fire Scout Drone

The cost increases for the Navy’s MQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned chopper and the Air Force’s Joint Precision Approach and Landing System may put the programs at risk of cancellation.

F-35 Program Production Costs Rise $7.4 Billion

By Kris Osborn on Thursday, April 17th, 2014

F-35 Program Production Costs Rise $7.4 Billion

The cost to build the Joint Strike Fighter fleet rose 1.88 percent over the past year, said Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan.

Navy Plan to Halt MH-60 Buy Rattles Sikorsky

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Navy Plan to Halt MH-60 Buy Rattles Sikorsky

While Navy officials and the Pentagon’s top weapons buyer have signaled they’re looking for ways to preserve the deal, the situation has spooked defense contractors and their suppliers.

Navy Set to Pick Presidential Helicopter Contractor

By Michael Hoffman on Monday, April 14th, 2014

Navy Set to Pick Presidential Helicopter Contractor

The Navy plans to select the contractor who will build the next generation presidential helicopter next month.

McCain Joins Fight to Save A-10 Warthog

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, April 11th, 2014

McCain Joins Fight to Save A-10 Warthog

The influential senator from Arizona has added his voice to the growing chorus of lawmakers seeking to block the Pentagon’s plans to retire the A-10 attack plane.

Osprey Readiness Rates Improved 25% over 5 years

By Michael Hoffman on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Osprey Readiness Rates Improved 25% over 5 years

Readiness rates over the past five years for the MV-22 Osprey have risen by 25 percent and costs have dropped 20 percent.

Army Opposes Calls for Aviation Commission

By Brendan McGarry on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Army Opposes Calls for Aviation Commission

The Army is pushing back against calls for an independent panel to analyze its proposal to restructure aviation units in part by stripping the Guard of its Apaches.

Marines Fly Helicopters With Mini-Tablet

By Kris Osborn on Saturday, April 5th, 2014

Marines Fly Helicopters With Mini-Tablet

U.S. Marines recently landed K-MAX and MH-6 Little Bird helicopters autonomously using an i-Pad like mini-tablet.

Boeing Lobbies Congress to Add EA-18 Funding

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Boeing Lobbies Congress to Add EA-18 Funding

The move is the latest in a lobbying battle pitting Boeing’s fourth-generation F/A-18 against Lockheed’s fifth-generation F-35 fighter jet.

Auditors: F-35 Cost Slid 3% to $332 Billion

By Brendan McGarry on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Auditors: F-35 Cost Slid 3% to $332 Billion

While that only amounts to a 3.4 percent annual change in program cost, it was the biggest year-over-year decrease in dollar terms of any program, the GAO said.

Air Force Weighs ISR, Tanker Consortiums

By Kris Osborn on Monday, March 31st, 2014

Air Force Weighs ISR, Tanker Consortiums

The Air Force is planning to join with European allies to create an ISR or tanker consortium.

Army Defends Move to Strip Guard of Apaches

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, March 28th, 2014

Army Defends Move to Strip Guard of Apaches

Army Secretary John McHugh and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno said the proposal would help the service avoid some $12 billion in costs.

General Says U-2 Superior to Global Hawk in Korea

By Richard Sisk on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

General Says U-2 Superior to Global Hawk in Korea

The U-2 spy plane is a better suited than the Global Hawk for early warning of a North Korean attack, a top commander said.

South Korea Said to Pick F-35 in Fighter Buy

By Brendan McGarry on Monday, March 24th, 2014

South Korea Said to Pick F-35 in Fighter Buy

The country plans to purchase 40 F-35s for about $6.8 billion, along with four Global Hawk drones for another $800 million-plus.

Budget Doesn’t Delay F-16 Life Extension Upgrades

By Kris Osborn on Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Budget Doesn’t Delay F-16 Life Extension Upgrades

The Air Force is surging ahead with work to extend the service life of its fleet of F-16 fighter jets despite recent budget cuts.

New Sensor Protects Army Helicopters From Small Arms

By Kris Osborn on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

New Sensor Protects Army Helicopters From Small Arms

The U.S. Army is in the early phases of a fleet-wide technology upgrade for its helicopter defensive systems.

Air Force Updates F-15 Fleet’s Radars, Sensors

By Kris Osborn on Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Air Force Updates F-15 Fleet’s Radars, Sensors

The Air Force is in the early phases of a fleet-wide technological upgrade to the F-15 fighter jet.

Air Force Keeps Bomber Price Tag at $550 Million

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Air Force Keeps Bomber Price Tag at $550 Million

The figure is helping to keep the Air Force and contractors disciplined about what kind of technology they propose putting into the aircraft, an official said.

Congress, Contractor Helped Rescue Helicopter

By Brendan McGarry on Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Congress, Contractor Helped Rescue Helicopter

Added funding from Congress and a lower-than-expected bid from Sikorsky convinced the Air Force to move forward with development of a new combat rescue helicopter.

Air Force Funds Rescue Helicopter at Last Minute

By Brendan McGarry on Monday, March 10th, 2014

Air Force Funds Rescue Helicopter at Last Minute

Turns out, there is some money next year for a program to develop a replacement for the HH-60G Pave Hawk.

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