Air warfare and procurement of air combat weapons systems

Farnborough Will Kick Off Without Any F-35s

By Brendan McGarry on Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Farnborough Will Kick Off Without Any F-35s

The F-35 will miss the first day of the Farnborough International Air Show on Monday outside London, though organizers expect the fifth-generation stealth fighter to make an appearance later in the week.

UPDATE: Pentagon Delays Navy’s Carrier Drone Program

By Kris Osborn on Friday, July 11th, 2014

UPDATE: Pentagon Delays Navy’s Carrier Drone Program

The Pentagon has delayed the delivery of the RFP that Navy officials expected later this month for the UCLASS program.

Pentagon Reviews UCLASS Strike Capabilities

By Kris Osborn on Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Pentagon Reviews UCLASS Strike Capabilities

Pentagon is reviewing Congressional concerns that the Navy’s UCLASS was too focused on ISR versus strike capabilities.

Russian Fighters Will Miss Farnborough Air Show

By Kris Osborn on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Russian Fighters Will Miss Farnborough Air Show

Russian officials will not feature their Sukhoi Su-27 twin-engine fighter jets on display this year at the Farnborough Air Show.

Hagel Traveling to Site of F-35 Fire

By Richard Sisk on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Hagel Traveling to Site of F-35 Fire

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will visit Eglin Air Force Base, scene of an F-35 fire last week, that has put the JSF’s performance at the Farnborough in doubt.

Report: Engine Responsible for F-35 Fire

By Michael Hoffman on Monday, July 7th, 2014

Report: Engine Responsible for F-35 Fire

The article is the first to peg the propulsion system’s after-burning turbofan — not necessarily the integrated power pack — to the incident.

F-35 Flights Halted After Fire at Eglin

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

F-35 Flights Halted After Fire at Eglin

The fifth-generation stealth fighter is still expected to make its international debut next month at the Farnborough Air Show.

B-2 Bomber Set to Receive Massive Upgrade

By Kris Osborn on Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

B-2 Bomber Set to Receive Massive Upgrade

The Air Force’s B-2 Spirit is receiving a technological upgrade to allow the service’s bat-winged, nuclear capable bomber keep flying through 2058.

Navy Prepares F-35C for Carrier Landing

By Kris Osborn on Friday, June 13th, 2014

Navy Prepares F-35C for Carrier Landing

Navy test pilots are conducting shore landings of the carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter to get ready for an at-sea landing later this year

NORAD Scrambles Fighters Against Russian Bombers

By Richard Sisk on Thursday, June 12th, 2014

NORAD Scrambles Fighters Against Russian Bombers

NORAD scrambled two F-22 Raptor and two F-15 Eagle fighters against a fleet of Russian bombers.

House Panel Votes to Scrap the A-10 Warthog

By Brendan McGarry on Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

House Panel Votes to Scrap the A-10 Warthog

The House appropriators’ vote means the Cold War-era gunship could still be sent to the bone yard.

China Report: Carriers, Drones and Stealth Fighters Advancing

By Kris Osborn on Friday, June 6th, 2014

China Report: Carriers, Drones and Stealth Fighters Advancing

China’s military will likely have multiple aircraft carriers and thousands of guided ballistic missiles, according to the Pentagon’s annual China report.

Pentagon Proposes New Missile Defense System in South Korea

By Michael Hoffman on Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Pentagon Proposes New Missile Defense System in South Korea

Adm. James Winnefeld proposed Wednesday deploying a THAAD missile defense system in South Korea.

House Adds 5 Growlers, Amphib to Defense Budget

By Kris Osborn on Thursday, May 8th, 2014

House Adds 5 Growlers, Amphib to Defense Budget

HASC added five EA-18G Growler aircraft and a new amphibious assault ship to the 2015 defense budget.

Sikorsky Wins $1.24 Billion Marine One Deal

By Brendan McGarry on Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Sikorsky Wins $1.24 Billion Marine One Deal

The agreement calls for supplying six S-92 aircraft and two training simulators — the first step in building a 21-chopper fleet over the next decade.

Foreign Militaries Eye Sikorsky S-97 Raider

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Foreign Militaries Eye Sikorsky S-97 Raider

The Sikorsky S-97 Raider, a next-generation coaxial helicopter, is already drawing interest from potential foreign customers, a company official says.

Army’s First AH-64E Unit Deploys to Afghanistan

By Brendan McGarry on Monday, May 5th, 2014

Army’s First AH-64E Unit Deploys to Afghanistan

The 1st-229th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion deployed to Afghanistan in March with two dozen of the latest Echo models of the choppers.

Ayotte Goes Silent on Fight to Save A-10

By Brendan McGarry on Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Ayotte Goes Silent on Fight to Save A-10

It remains to be seen whether Ayotte’s sudden silence on the A-10 issue signals more congressional support for the Air Force’s plans to retire the aircraft.

Welsh Defends Plan to Scrap A-10 as ‘Logical’

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Welsh Defends Plan to Scrap A-10 as ‘Logical’

The U.S. Air Force’s top officer said of the proposal, “It’s logical. It’s analytical. It makes imminent sense from a military perspective.”

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.

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