Air warfare and procurement of air combat weapons systems

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.

Pentagon: Iraq Ops Cost $7.5 Million a Day

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, August 29th, 2014

Pentagon: Iraq Ops Cost $7.5 Million a Day

The U.S. Defense Department since mid-June has spent about $7.5 million a day on military operations to combat Islamic extremists in northern Iraq.

U.S. Airstrikes in Iraq Cost $100 Million to Date

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

U.S. Airstrikes in Iraq Cost $100 Million to Date

The bulk of the estimated price tag actually comes from intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions, not strike sorties, according to a defense budget analyst.

Pentagon May Retool Budget for Iraq Airstrikes

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Pentagon May Retool Budget for Iraq Airstrikes

The U.S. Defense Department may need to modify next year’s budget to pay for airstrikes targeting Islamic militants in Iraq, officials said.

F-16 Grounding Highlights Need for Upgrades

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

F-16 Grounding Highlights Need for Upgrades

The U.S. Air Force’s grounding of more than half its fleet of F-16D fighter jets highlights the need for ongoing structural upgrades of the aging aircraft.

Army Picks Firms to Build Future Helicopter

By Brendan McGarry on Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Army Picks Firms to Build Future Helicopter

The service selected a Sikorsky-Boeing team and a Bell-Lockheed team to build prototypes for the first phase of the Joint Multi-Role helicopter program.

Will U.S. Fighters Hit U.S.-Made Tanks in Iraq?

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, August 8th, 2014

Will U.S. Fighters Hit U.S.-Made Tanks in Iraq?

As U.S. warplanes launched airstrikes against Islamic extremists in northern Iraq, CNN reported the fighters were in possession of U.S.-made M1 Abrams tanks.

Air Force Works to Extend Life of C-130 Fleet

By Kris Osborn on Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Air Force Works to Extend Life of C-130 Fleet

The Air Force is extending the service life of its fleet of C-130 combat delivery aircraft by replacing center wing boxes on some of the planes and adding new electronics.

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