Air warfare and procurement of air combat weapons systems

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.

Pentagon Defends Cutting Guard’s Combat Aircraft

By Matthew Cox on Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Pentagon Defends Cutting Guard’s Combat Aircraft

Lawmakers criticized the Pentagon’s plan to strip the National Guard of the AH-64 Apache and the A-10 Warthog.

Drones, Helos and Ships Win in 2015 Budget

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Drones, Helos and Ships Win in 2015 Budget

The spending plan unveiled on March 4 calls for significant increases in spending on a handful of acquisition programs for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, particularly for the Navy.

Air Force Budget Slashes Legacy Aircraft

By Michael Hoffman on Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Air Force Budget Slashes Legacy Aircraft

The 2015 budget translates into fewer airmen and fewer aircraft across its active-duty, reserve and guard components.

Air Force Bets $41 Billion on Sequestration

By Richard Sisk on Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Air Force Bets $41 Billion on Sequestration

Air Force secretary has placed a $41 billion bet that Congress will ease off on the mandatory spending cuts in the sequester process.

First Triton Squadrons Stationed in Guam

By Kris Osborn on Friday, February 28th, 2014

First Triton Squadrons Stationed in Guam

The U.S. Navy is preparing to house its first squadron of MQ-4C Triton drones in Guam by the end of 2017.

Global Hawk Trails U-2 Despite Retirement Plans

By Richard Sisk on Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Global Hawk Trails U-2 Despite Retirement Plans

The proposed drone replacement for the U-2 spy plane is still years away from being as effective despite retirement proposal.

Hagel Proposes Retiring A-10, Cutting LCS to 32 Ships

By Michael Hoffman on Monday, February 24th, 2014

Hagel Proposes Retiring A-10, Cutting LCS to 32 Ships

The defense secretary took a swipe at favorites like the A-10 and U-2, as well as controversial ships like the LCS in the DoD budget proposal.

Report: Pentagon to Buy Fewer F-35s in 2015

By Brendan McGarry on Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Report: Pentagon to Buy Fewer F-35s in 2015

Even as the military reduces its planned purchase of the aircraft, officials say the program has passed the point of no return.

BAE Adds F-15, F/A-18 to Fighter Upgrade Push

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, February 14th, 2014

BAE Adds F-15, F/A-18 to Fighter Upgrade Push

The international market for upgrading the twin-engine jets won’t be as large as that of the single-engine F-16 Fighting Falcon.

Lockheed to Sell Special-Ops C-130s to Civilians

By Matthew Cox on Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Lockheed to Sell Special-Ops C-130s to Civilians

Lockheed Martin is planning to offer a civilian version of the C-130J Super Hercules, an aircraft designed for Special Operations Command.

Army Sticks to Plan to Cut Guard’s Helo Fleet

By Michael Hoffman on Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Army Sticks to Plan to Cut Guard’s Helo Fleet

Army Chief defended the service’s plan to transfer 400 helicopters from the reserve to active component.

First KC-46A Baseline Test Aircraft Due This Month

By Kris Osborn on Sunday, January 12th, 2014

First KC-46A Baseline Test Aircraft Due This Month

The first of four Air Force KC-46A tanker baseline test aircraft will complete major assembly later this month before their first test flights later this summer.

Guard Chief: Active and Guard Are Interchangeable

By Matthew Cox on Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Guard Chief: Active and Guard Are Interchangeable

The chief of the National Guard warned against cutting his force too drastically, arguing that the Pentagon needs the Guard now more than it ever did prior to 9–11.

Pentagon Plans for Cuts to Drone Budgets

By Kris Osborn on Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Pentagon Plans for Cuts to Drone Budgets

Officials unveil updated Unmanned Systems Integrated Roadmap that takes into account budget cuts and Chinese advances.

Brazil Selects Swedish Fighter Over Super Hornet

By Michael Hoffman on Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Brazil Selects Swedish Fighter Over Super Hornet

Brazil deals blow to Boeing as it shocks aviation industry with the selection of the Gripen over the Super Hornet.

Ospreys and F-35s on Japan’s $240B Shopping List

By Richard Sisk on Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Ospreys and F-35s on Japan’s $240B Shopping List

Japan unveiled its first national defense strategy which includes a significant buy of U.S. weaponry as tensions rise with China.

F-35, Flying Hours Top Air Force’s Wish List Under Potential New Budget

By Kris Osborn on Friday, December 13th, 2013

F-35, Flying Hours Top Air Force’s Wish List Under Potential New Budget

Lt. Gen. Charles Davis said the Air Force would prioritize Joint Strike Fighter and training accounts should money be returned to the service’s budget.

Ohio Study to Guide Air Force UAS Flights over U.S.

By Matthew Cox on Monday, December 9th, 2013

Ohio Study to Guide Air Force UAS Flights over U.S.

Next year, the state of Ohio will complete a study designed to help the Air Force figure out its plan for flying unmanned aerial systems inside U.S. airspace.

Air Force Questions AP Reporting on Nuke Problems

By Michael Hoffman on Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Air Force Questions AP Reporting on Nuke Problems

The Air Force wrote an editorial criticizing the reporting on the service’s nuclear force by the Associated Press’ senior Pentagon reporter.

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