Getting Them Over There

US Transportation Command officials are working out the details of delivering the additional 30,000 US troops and their equipment to Afghanistan by airlift, sea transfer, or land routes by the first half of next year under the Obama’s Administration’s new...

New Satellite on Orbit

The Air Force and its industry partners on Dec. 5 successfully launched WGS-3, the third in the series of six planned advanced Wideband Global Satellite Communications spacecraft, into space aboard a Delta V rocket fired from Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla....

USAF Reveals New Stealth Drone

The Air Force has revealed it has a new stealth reconnaissance drone, the RQ-170 Sentinel, in a brief release Friday night. On Monday, Pentagon officials confirmed for Daily Report that the aircraft is the same one that has shown up twice in the French press as a "mystery" airplane photographed in the vicinity of Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. According to USAF, the service "is developing” the unmanned aircraft system “to provide reconnaissance and surveillance support to forward-deployed combat forces" and was built by Lockheed Martin’s Skunkworks. The Air Force said the aircraft is operated by the 30th Reconnaissance Squadron, a flight test squadron activated in September 2005 at Tonopah Test Range, Nev., the same location where the F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter was secretly based and flown for 17 years. Lockheed Martin and Air Combat Command, which oversees the 30th RS, declined to comment on the aircraft.

Why Now?

The Air Force on Monday declined to provide any answers on its new RQ-170 Sentinel unmanned aerial vehicle beyond its initial bare-bones press release (see USAF Reveals New Stealth Drone), but Pentagon officials told Daily Report that USAF had officially...

Nearing a ReSTART

The 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty expired Dec. 5, and although US and Russian officials did not conclude negotiations on a follow-on pact by then, press reports Monday indicated that the two sides expect to close the deal by the...

Furling the Guidon

Members of the 887th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron held a deactivation ceremony Dec. 3 at Camp Bucca, Iraq, ending nearly three years of operations there in support of the Army. During its tenure, the unit oversaw detainee transportation and conducted...

Ready for Installation

Lockheed Martin announced that it has delivered the first production units of the Electro-Optical Targeting System being built for the F-35 stealth fighter to the company’s F-35 assembly plant in Fort Worth, Tex., for integration onto the aircraft. “This delivery...

Expanding World of Unmanned Air

Naval Air Systems Command plans to issue a draft solicitation this month and select one or more contractors to “fulfill the immediate” requirement for an unmanned cargo aircraft for the Marine Corps, according to a notice posted last month on...

Delay for New Fitness Rules

The Air Force has decided not to attempt to implement its new physical fitness standards next month, delaying the start until July 2010. Feedback the service received from commanders and senior noncommissioned leaders indicated airmen and units needed more time...

Air Sorties from SWA 120809

Air Sorties in Southwest Asia, Dec. 2-3, 2009 Sortie Type OIF OEF OIF/OEF Total YTD ISR 53 53 106 15,979 CAS/Armed Recon 44 140 184 32,746 Airlift 293 293 45,646 Air refueling 75 75 16,036 Total 658 110,407 OIF=Operation Iraqi...