Northrop Grumman has acquired aerospace technology company Orbital ATK for $7.8 billion in cash.
Textron Airborne Solutions has acquired 63 F1 Mirage
aircraft formerly owned by the French Air Force, making it the “world’s
largest private supersonic air force,” said Jeffrey Parker, chief
executive officer of the Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC),
which was bought by Textron last year in anticipation of a rapidly
growing contracted Red Air market.
Northrop Grumman and Boeing will focus producing a Minuteman III replacement system that is
adaptable and affordable in maturing the Air Force’s Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD).
Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian, commander of Air Forces Central Command, said, during ASC17, airmen are facing a “contested and congested” air space over Syria, forcing them into tough decisions.
Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson used her first State of the Air Force briefing to both praise the capability and strength of the service and, conversely, sound an alarm.
The training syllabus for the Lockheed Martin/Korean
Aerospace Industries T-50A is so common to that of the F-16 that Air
Combat Command could offload 50 percent of tasks taught on the F-16 to
the T-50A, Lockheed Martin consultant retired Gen. Don Cook said Monday
in promoting the jet.
—John A. Tirpak
From sorting through and reinvigorating boneyard
components to networking command and control logistics centers
worldwide, USAF is digging into every corner of its infrastructure in
search of an affordable, efficient, and innovative future.
Chasing tools to solve cybersecurity and space
vulnerabilities is futile, said Lt. Gen. Steven Kwast, who heads the Air
USAF will now be preparing more airmen for chemical
warfare than in the past, with a specific focus on a Korean conflict,
said USAF’s top enlisted senior leader.
President Donald Trump offered 70th birthday greetings
and praise to the Air Force on Friday, saying the service is the “most
technologically advanced fighting force on the planet” and pledging to
help it remain that way through targeted funding.
—John A. Tirpak
Air Command and Staff College (ACSC) is making plans to
roll out a new advanced space studies program within the next year,
John Terino, chairman of the department of airpower at ACSC, told Air
As two historic storms made landfall in the south, the
Air Force had two missions: get its aircraft out of harm’s way as the
hurricanes made landfall, and get its airmen on the ground to help out
as soon as possible.
Rolls-Royce is “seeing a lot of momentum building”
within the Air Force for the idea of re-engining the B-52 fleet, company
senior vice president for customer business Tom Hartmann said
Thursday, laying out the company’s offering of the BR725
powerplant—military designation F130—for the job.
—John A. Tirpak
Boeing’s entry for the JSTARS recapitalization
program—a modified version of its 737-700 business jet—demonstrates the
necessity of using a manned platform to meet the Air Force’s airborne
surveillance and battle management mission, Rodney Meranda told
A C-130J Hercules, equipped with the Modular Airborne
Fire Fighting System (MAFFS), from the Air National Guard’s 146th
Airlift Wing, follows a US Forest Service lead plane under a large
column of smoke preparing to drop retardant on the Pier Fire southeast
of Fresno, Calif., Aug. 29, 2017.
In the near future, space will become a “domain for common human endeavor,” Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said Tuesday.
The Senate began floor debate on the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act Monday.
Maj. Jeremy DeHart and a handful of airmen assigned to
the Air Force Reserve’s 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron had less
than 10 minutes to get what they needed from the eye of Hurricane Irma
before they would punch back into the storm through its wall.
US aircraft set record highs in both the fight against ISIS and in Afghanistan in August.
A weapons loader was killed after a bomb rack unit was
misaligned and fell during unloading operations in March in the Middle
East, an Air Force investigation found.
Air Force continues to evacuate airmen and aircraft as the Catagory 5
Hurricane Irma barrels toward Florida.
The Air Force will let certain aircrew remain at select
bases as a way to improve quality of life for its pilots in the face of
a growing fighter shortage in the service.
When a natural disaster hits, it’s critical that
nations are prepared to respond. Aeromedical evacuation is a key part of
that response, and a recent African Partnership Flight in Nigeria
focused on planning for just that scenario.
US aircraft are closely watching an ISIS convoy that has been stranded in the Syrian desert for more than a week.
The Air Force has “recognized” it has “a big data
problem,” said Kenneth Bray, Air Combat Command’s associate director for
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The first production version of the F-22 Raptor
completed its first flight 20 years ago, but Lockheed Martin analysis
shows the fifth generation fighter should be able to keep flying until
The creation of a Space Corps within the Air Force
would lead to “enormous upheaval” without solving the key problems faced
by the national security space enterprise today, former Secretary of
the Air Force Deborah Lee James said Wednesday.
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) said the formation of a
separate US military space force is inevitable. “Whether it’s this year
or next year, we will be successful,” he told an audience at the Center
for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., on
The Air Force is again preparing for another major
storm to make landfall, with specially-equipped aircraft keeping an eye
on Hurricane Irma as it approaches and at least one base prepare to
relocate its aircraft.
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Four US Marine Corps F-35Bs from MCAS Iwakuni, Japan,
joined two B-1B bombers deployed to Andersen AFB, Guam, Wednesday in a
show of force mission conducted “in direct response” to North Korea’s
Aug. 28 launch of an intermediate-range ballistic missile over Japanese
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