Air warfare and procurement of air combat weapons systems

Welsh Warns of ‘Alarmist’ Reaction to F-35 Fire

By Brendan McGarry on Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Welsh Warns of ‘Alarmist’ Reaction to F-35 Fire

The U.S. Air Force’s top officer cautioned against an “alarmist” reaction to last month’s F-35 engine fire that resulted in a temporary fleet-wide grounding of the fighter jet.

Analyst: F-35C to Cost $337 Million Apiece in FY15

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Analyst: F-35C to Cost $337 Million Apiece in FY15

A longtime defense analyst and critic of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program says taxpayers next year will pay between $148 million and $337 million per jet, depending on the model.

Software Hurdles May Follow KC-46A Wiring Woes

By Brendan McGarry on Monday, July 28th, 2014

Software Hurdles May Follow KC-46A Wiring Woes

The surprise disclosure of a wiring flaw on the Air Force’s new KC-46A refueling tanker made by Boeing Co. may not be the end of the program’s development challenges.

Gaza Shows Worth in Laser Missile Defense Systems

By Michael Hoffman on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Gaza Shows Worth in Laser Missile Defense Systems

The costly Iron Dome missile defense system is proving its worth and the need for laser missile defense systems.

Chinese Spy Ship Arrives Near RIMPAC

By Michael Hoffman on Monday, July 21st, 2014

Chinese Spy Ship Arrives Near RIMPAC

The Chinese sent an electronic surveillance ship to the edge of the region of the Rim of the Pacific 2014 exercise.

BAE ‘Bullish’ Army Will Buy Missile Guidance Kits

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, July 18th, 2014

BAE ‘Bullish’ Army Will Buy Missile Guidance Kits

The U.S. subsidiary of the British defense giant BAE Systems Plc expects the Army to begin buying its guidance kits to convert unguided rockets into “smart” heat-seeking missiles.

Congress Plans to Boost the Tomahawk Missiles Fleet

By Kris Osborn on Friday, July 18th, 2014

Congress Plans to Boost the Tomahawk Missiles Fleet

All four Congressional defense committees have aligned to support an increase in Tomahawk missile production in 2015 and beyond.

Airbus Revs Up for A400M Production

By Kris Osborn on Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Airbus Revs Up for A400M Production

Airbus Defense and Space is preparing for a massive increase in production of A400M strategic and tactical military airlifter.

Royal Air Force Upgrades Tornado in Shadow of F-35

By Kris Osborn on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Royal Air Force Upgrades Tornado in Shadow of F-35

The British Royal Air Force plans to finish upgrades to as many as 59 Tornado aircraft by 2016.

Lockheed, BAE Vie for F-16 Upgrades Abroad

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Lockheed, BAE Vie for F-16 Upgrades Abroad

BAE wants to challenge Lockheed in competitions to upgrade F-16s in Asia, Europe and especially the Middle East — a slice of the global defense market estimated at $10 billion over the next decade.

Pentagon: F-35 Grounding Lifted with Restrictions

By Brendan McGarry on Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Pentagon: F-35 Grounding Lifted with Restrictions

The Pentagon announced it has lifted the fleet-wide grounding of the F-35, dramatically raising hopes that the fifth-generation stealth fighter will make its international debut this week at the Farnborough International Air Show.

Boeing Unveils New Maritime Surveillance Plane

By Kris Osborn on Monday, July 14th, 2014

Boeing Unveils New Maritime Surveillance Plane

Boeing developers have combined sensors from the P-8 with a Bombardier Challenger to create a new surveillance aircraft.

Pentagon’s No. 2 to Meet with Navy to Discuss UCLASS

By Kris Osborn on Monday, July 14th, 2014

Pentagon’s No. 2 to Meet with Navy to Discuss UCLASS

Bob Work will meet with Navy officials to discuss requirements for the service’s carrier drone development program.

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.

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