Air warfare and procurement of air combat weapons systems

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.

Sikorsky Test Flies New Chopper as Parent Mulls Sale

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Sikorsky Test Flies New Chopper as Parent Mulls Sale

Sikorsky flew for the first time its next-generation S-97 Raider helicopter, as its parent company mulls a possible sale of the 90-year-old rotorcraft-maker.

Air Force Names New Chief Scientist

By Kris Osborn on Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Air Force Names New Chief Scientist

The Air Force chose the president and senior scientist at Charles River Analytics who has also worked with NASA to serve as their new chief scientist.

Will the A-10 Dodge Retirement — and Get New Wings?

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, May 15th, 2015

Will the A-10 Dodge Retirement — and Get New Wings?

Lawmakers in both chambers of Congress want to add more funding for the Cold War-era gunship in fiscal 2016. The question is how much.

White House Says F-35s Not For Sale to Gulf Arab States

By Richard Sisk on Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

White House Says F-35s Not For Sale to Gulf Arab States

President Obama’s Camp David summit with the Gulf Arab states on Thursday will seek to boost arms sales to the Gulf neighbors but the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has been taken off their wish list.

Former UK Defense Chief Slams F-35 as ‘White Elephant’

By Brendan McGarry on Monday, May 11th, 2015

Former UK Defense Chief Slams F-35 as ‘White Elephant’

The United Kingdom’s former defense chief used some colorful language to criticize the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

Air Force Mulls Mothballing F-16s if Congress Blocks A-10 Retirement

By Kris Osborn on Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Air Force Mulls Mothballing F-16s if Congress Blocks A-10 Retirement

The House Armed Services Committee inserted $683 million into the 2016 defense bill to stop the Air Force from retiring the A-10 Warthog.

House Cuts $460M from Air Force’s Next Generation Stealth Bomber

By Kris Osborn on Monday, April 27th, 2015

House Cuts $460M from Air Force’s Next Generation Stealth Bomber

The Air Force would lose about $460 million from its development program to build the next generation long range, stealth bomber under the proposed House Armed Services Committee markup.

Navy Starts Sea Testing New Carrier Landing Software for Fighter Jets

By Kris Osborn on Friday, April 24th, 2015

Navy Starts Sea Testing New Carrier Landing Software for Fighter Jets

The Navy is preparing for its first at-sea test of a new software program for F-18s designed to make it easier for the multi-role fighters to land on carriers.

Air Force Realigns B-1 Bombers Under Global Strike Command

By Michael Hoffman on Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Air Force Realigns B-1 Bombers Under Global Strike Command

The Air Force moved its B-1 bombers from Air Combat Command to Global Strike Command in an effort to organize its entire bomber fleet under one command.

Air Force General Fired for A-10 ‘Treason’ Comments

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, April 10th, 2015

Air Force General Fired for A-10 ‘Treason’ Comments

The U.S. Air Force general who warned subordinates that praising the A-10 aircraft to lawmakers amounts to “treason” has been fired, the service said.

US Army Eyes Ukraine Conflict for Intel on Russian Military Technology

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

US Army Eyes Ukraine Conflict for Intel on Russian Military Technology

The U.S. Army is working to glean intelligence on Russian military technology from the conflict between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian forces.

Report: Navy Adds Super Hornets and F-35s to Congressional Wish List

By Kris Osborn on Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Report: Navy Adds Super Hornets and F-35s to Congressional Wish List

The Navy’s 2016 “wish list” for Congress includes requests to buy more F/A-18 Super Hornets and F-35 Joint Strike Fighters.

Lawmaker: Removal of Apache Helicopters from Guard ‘Devastating’

By Bryant Jordan on Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Lawmaker: Removal of Apache Helicopters from Guard ‘Devastating’

The panel needs to ensure Congress does not regret allowing the active-duty Army to take Apache helicopters away from the Guard, a lawmaker said Tuesday.

F-35 Will Not Reach Full Close-Air-Support Potential Until 2022

By Kris Osborn on Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

F-35 Will Not Reach Full Close-Air-Support Potential Until 2022

F-35 pilots will have to wait until 2022 to fire the U.S. military’s top close-air-support bomb after the Small Diameter Bomb II enters service in 2017.

Afghan Military to Receive Its First A-29s in December

By Richard Sisk on Friday, March 6th, 2015

Afghan Military to Receive Its First A-29s in December

The first of the A-29 Super Tucanos will begin arriving in December to begin their close-air-support missions after years of delays and court fights.

Army Not Interested in Taking A-10 Warthogs from Air Force

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Army Not Interested in Taking A-10 Warthogs from Air Force

The U.S. Army does not want the Air Force’s fleet of A-10 attack planes, even if it would save the venerable Cold War-era aircraft from the bone yard.

Navy Mulls Expanding Growler’s Future After Blanking EA-18G’s Budget

By Kris Osborn on Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Navy Mulls Expanding Growler’s Future After Blanking EA-18G’s Budget

The Navy didn’t include any new Growlers in its 2016 budget even as it continues to study expanding numbers stationed on carriers.

Israel Buys More 14 More F-35s as US Denies JSF Sales to Gulf States

By Michael Hoffman on Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Israel Buys More 14 More F-35s as US Denies JSF Sales to Gulf States

The Pentagon’s top weapons buyer said the U.S. has no “near term” plans to sell F-35s to nations such as Qatar or the UAE.

Pratt & Whitney Subpoenaed on C-17 Engine Maintenance

By Michael Hoffman on Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Pratt & Whitney Subpoenaed on C-17 Engine Maintenance

DoD has subpoenaed Pratt & Whitney’s engine unit for the records of more than $1.5 billion worth of maintenance work on C-17s.

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