Daily Report

Feb. 27, 2017

Coming Soon: F-35 Deployments

The F-35A is ready for combat and will deploy “in the spring to summer” overseas, Air Combat Command chief Gen. Hawk Carlisle told defense writers in Washington, D.C., Friday. Carlisle said he’s perfectly comfortable with the F-35A’s combat capability, recently...

AWACS, 2035

Though there’s a “lot of life” in the current fleet of E-3 AWACS airborne battle management aircraft, the shape of how the AWACS mission will be done in the future will flow from a “multi-domain command and control enterprise collaboration...

What Happens After We Beat ISIS?

As the US-led coalition closes the noose on ISIS in Mosul, Iraq and, later, Raqqa, Syria, deconfliction with Russia’s separate air campaign is going to be critical, Air Combat Command chief Gen. Hawk Carlisle told defense writers in Washington, D.C.,...

Iraqi F-16s Strike Inside Syria

The Iraqi Air Force on Friday conducted its first strikes inside Syria, hitting ISIS targets in the area of Abu Kamal in response to that group’s attacks inside Iraq. Iraqi F-16IQs conducted “good strikes” on ISIS facilities, which had been...

USAF Pays $15.6 Million for Anti-Drone Systems

The Air Force awarded a $15.6 million contract to ELTA North America Inc., to deliver 21 “counter-unmanned aerial systems,” according to a Feb. 21 Pentagon announcement. The devices, which the announcement also calls “Man Portable Aerial Defense System kits,” will...

Building a Networked ISR

The Air Force demonstrated a number of new information gathering and targeting procedures at Red Flag 17-1 that will help the service transition to a more networked approach to the battlespace. For the first time, the use of Network Centric...

Reaper Ascendant

The Air Force is preparing to say goodbye to the MQ-1 Predator as it focuses its remotely piloted aircraft forces on flying the newer, more deadly MQ-9. The Reaper, which reached initial operational capability in 2007, is the unmanned platform...