Air warfare and procurement of air combat weapons systems

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.

F-35 Program Production Costs Rise $7.4 Billion

By Kris Osborn on Thursday, April 17th, 2014

F-35 Program Production Costs Rise $7.4 Billion

The cost to build the Joint Strike Fighter fleet rose 1.88 percent over the past year, said Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan.

Navy Plan to Halt MH-60 Buy Rattles Sikorsky

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Navy Plan to Halt MH-60 Buy Rattles Sikorsky

While Navy officials and the Pentagon’s top weapons buyer have signaled they’re looking for ways to preserve the deal, the situation has spooked defense contractors and their suppliers.

Navy Set to Pick Presidential Helicopter Contractor

By Michael Hoffman on Monday, April 14th, 2014

Navy Set to Pick Presidential Helicopter Contractor

The Navy plans to select the contractor who will build the next generation presidential helicopter next month.

McCain Joins Fight to Save A-10 Warthog

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, April 11th, 2014

McCain Joins Fight to Save A-10 Warthog

The influential senator from Arizona has added his voice to the growing chorus of lawmakers seeking to block the Pentagon’s plans to retire the A-10 attack plane.

Osprey Readiness Rates Improved 25% over 5 years

By Michael Hoffman on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Osprey Readiness Rates Improved 25% over 5 years

Readiness rates over the past five years for the MV-22 Osprey have risen by 25 percent and costs have dropped 20 percent.

Army Opposes Calls for Aviation Commission

By Brendan McGarry on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Army Opposes Calls for Aviation Commission

The Army is pushing back against calls for an independent panel to analyze its proposal to restructure aviation units in part by stripping the Guard of its Apaches.

Marines Fly Helicopters With Mini-Tablet

By Kris Osborn on Saturday, April 5th, 2014

Marines Fly Helicopters With Mini-Tablet

U.S. Marines recently landed K-MAX and MH-6 Little Bird helicopters autonomously using an i-Pad like mini-tablet.

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