Daily Report

Nov. 9, 2015

Boeing Protests Bomber Award

Boeing, with its partner Lockheed Martin, officially informed the Air Force on Friday that it would protest the service’s award of the Long-Range Strike Bomber program—potentially worth up to $80 billion—to Northrop Grumman. The Government Accountability Office now has 100...

The Air Force Responds to Boeing’s LRS-B Protest

The Air Force on Friday defended its handling of the Long-Range Strike Bomber competition, despite Boeing’s protest of the award. Though “it is every competitor’s right to file a protest, the Air Force is confident that the source selection team...

Northrop’s Reaction

Northrop Grumman, which won the contract for the Air Force’s Long-Range Strike Bomber, said it was “disappointed … its former LRS-B competitors have decided to disrupt a program that is so vital to national security” by protesting the award. Randy...

First AC-130J Prototype Declared Loss

Investigators declared the first prototype AC-130J Ghostrider gunship a total loss after the airframe was severely overstressed after departing controlled flight during a test sortie from Eglin AFB, Fla., officials announced. As a result of the incident, “the mishap aircraft...

F-15Cs Arrive at Incirlik

Six F-15Cs landed at Incirlik AB, Turkey, on Nov. 6 to help the country secure the sovereignty of its airspace. The six aircraft, from the 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath, England, make up half of the 12 F-15s expected...

Sikorsky, A Lockheed Martin Company

Lockheed Martin closed its acquisition of Sikorsky Aircraft from United Technologies Corp. on Friday. The 15,000-person division will be aligned under the Mission Systems and Training segment and referred to as “Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company.” Dan Schultz, previously Vice...

Luke Launches Italian F-35 Training

Italian air force pilots flew their first F-35 training sortie from the schoolhouse at Luke AFB, Ariz., Nov. 5, becoming the first Italian air force pilots to fly the Lightning II, officials announced. “Every aspect of today’s operation was a...

Last Aussie Globemaster Delivered

Boeing delivered the Royal Australian Air Force’s eighth and final C-17 Globemaster III to the fleet’s base at RAAF Amberley, near Brisbane, Nov. 4, the Defense Ministry announced. Australia’s C-17s have been heavily engaged “supporting the international effort to combat...